Month: December 2016


Top Ten Films of 2016

1. Moonlight Directed by Barry Jenkins “Who is you, Chiron?” The protagonist of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is asked this directly toward the end of the film, and it’s the culmination of a film-long search. We seeRead Full Review


20th Century Women ★★★½

The protagonist of 20th Century Women is a teenage boy who’s trying really hard to understand women. He calls himself a feminist at one point, and makes a point to let women know of his awarenessRead Full Review


Best Films of 2016: Honorable Mention

25. The Light Between Oceans, dir. Derek Cianfrance This long, rambling ode to high-octane melodrama finds its way through tearful monologues to create a kind of lyricism. Performances from Alicia Vikander (a career-best, I’d say)Read Full Review


Fences ★★½

There are few actors more fun than Denzel Washington when actively engaged. He’s one of our greatest movie stars, a true legend, an actor who’s skill and authority is rarely rivaled. It’s hard for WashingtonRead Full Review


La La Land ★★★★

Consider the passion in a film like La La Land. It’s a film that is passionate about a great many things – music, cinema, love, heartbreak, Los Angeles, to name a few. It carries its passionRead Full Review


Things To Come ★★★

This is my introduction to the young French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, and I must admit the introduction was made possible by Isabelle Huppert. Huppert, one of our greatest living screen actors, is such a splendid, brilliantRead Full Review


Jackie ★★

The JFK assassination is such a ferocious seam within the fabric of American mythology. His death, captured on television for the world to see, revealed a first-hand barbarity that most people weren’t used to outsideRead Full Review


Moana ★★★

Disney veterans Ron Clements and John Musker are masters at the kind of low-stakes sweet spot that most family films aim for. Their films are sweet, deceptively intelligent and filled with the kind of good-heartednessRead Full Review