These are in no order, offered up free association style.
– Adonis Creed’s triumphant run, accompanied by neighborhood motorcyclists, in Creed
– Rocky’s triumphant (in a different way) ascension of the famous stairs in the same film
– Bing Bong’s sacrifice in Inside Out
– The truly moving ending of Fast & Furious 7, which sent off the late Paul Walker in lovely fashion
– Every time Matt Damon’s Mark Watney sciences the shit out of something in The Martian
– Shameik Moore’s end credits dancing in Dope
– LeBron James’ scenes in Trainwreck
– The many examples of magical realism in Paddington
– The evolution of the relationship between Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci’s characters in Spotlight
– Finn and Rey turning to run toward a junky old ship that turns out to be the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
– My very favorite moment of the year is when (Spoiler Alert!) Rey uses the Force to grab Luke’s light saber from the snow in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only is it a powerful piece of plot and character development, beautifully directed by J.J. Abrams and scored by John Williams, but it’s a potent feminist statement. It’s the moment when it becomes clear that the new hero’s journey in the most beloved and successful film franchise of all time will be taken by a young woman.
– Also, the left-field brilliance of this dance scene from Ex Machina