#5: SHUTTER ISLAND
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer
Complex co-sign: We know, we know—many people didn’t like Shutter Island’s polarizing twists. Well, consider the point missed on their parts. If anything, the multiple late-game reveals, taken directly from author Dennis Lehane’s source material, make the film that much better the second time it’s seen. With that knowledge in place, the film shifts from downright eerie to heartbreakingly tragic. But enough about the payoff. As a whole, Shutter Island is a meticulously conceived mindfuck. Scorcese has a field day with this dark character study, about a tormented U.S. Marshal (Dicaprio) losing his marbles while stuck in an Alcatraz-like mental institution in 1954. It’s great fun to watch a legend like Uncle Marty show psychological horror fans how a master gets down.