Smart direction, unique storytelling, and great acting make LOVE & MERCY one of the best films of 2015! The film has an unconventional structure for a biopic, but cutting back-and-forth from the ’60s and ’80s to tell Beach Boy musician Brian Wilson’s ordeal with mental illness is seamlessly weaved together by Bill Pohlad’s exact direction and screenwriters Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner’s very good script. Paul Dano and John Cusack both play Wilson (Dano the ’60s Wilson and Cusack the ’80s Wilson) and both give an award-worthy performance. Not to be outdone by Dano and Cusack, Elizabeth Banks demonstrates once again her amazing range as an actress. And Paul Giamatti and Bill Camp (playing Brian’s dad) are legitimately this year’s best bad guys (sorry Ultron).