Lion (2016) is the inspiring story of a young Indian boy separated
from his family, adopted to Australia, and his return.
Hidden Figures is Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe great
as early NASA genius mathematicians in Jim Crow Virginia.
Nocturnal Animals is Tom Ford's collisions of real life with art as an artist
(Amy Adams) reads her ex-husband's novel.
Fences (2016) is Denzel Washington's movie of August Wilson's play
of boundaries which protect, enclose, unite, divide.
La La Land (2016) is Damien Chazelle's ace musical of an aspiring
actress (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling).
Moonlight (2016) is a beautiful film about growing up black, gay and poor
in Miami, loses some momentum near the end.
Jackie (2016) is Pablo Larraín's Kennedy assassination-and-aftermath
drama seen through Jackie's (Natalie Portman) eyes.
Manchester by the Sea is a fine, serious drama of couched grief for
Margaret (2011), Lonergan's wonderful masterpiece.
Julieta: Almodóvar directs Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte as
a mother haunted by her daughter's estrangement.
Doctor Strange (2016) is full of exciting sights and effects with Benedict
Cumberbatch as the comics doctor/mystic hero.
Silence (2016) is Scorsese's ethereal ideological fire set to the burning
of Christians in traditional Edo period Japan.
Arrival (2016) is a sci-fi movie about a linguist (Amy Adams) tasked to
translate messages from an advanced civilization.
Rogue One is the first out-of-main-order Star Wars movie, and A New Hope
prequel, which is good and that's about it.
A Monster Calls is a fairly effective yet underdeveloped, unfocused fable
of a boy's grief and anger at losing his mother.
Patriots Day is about a fictionalized police character (Mark Wahlberg)
who survives the Boston Marathon bombing and closes it.
Moana (2016) is Disney's Pacific Island tribute musical, the story
of a girl on a quest, with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an okay cinematic side trip
to Pottermore with a much-too-mumbly Eddie Redmayne.
Elle (2016) is Paul Verhoeven's odd story of rape and violence, not awful
but all over the place, with Isabelle Huppert.
Passengers (2016) is a high-concept sci-fi movie fond of the height of
its concept as frozen space travelers thaw early.
Live by Night is Ben Affleck's Boston-to-Tampa snooze of a bootlegging
gangster who fights the KKK and runs charities.
Barry (2016) is a story of Barack Obama starting Columbia University
in Ed Koch's Big Apple in Reagan's America in 1981.
Florence Foster Jenkins is a moving true story of a music-loving New York City
woman in the '40s and those who love her.
Little Men (2016) is a simple, intelligent view of a friendship between
two boys whose parents have a business conflict.
Sully (2016) is Clint Eastwood's twirling spectacle of Chesley Sullenberger's
(Tom Hanks) water landing on the Hudson.
Southside with You is the Obamas' "first date" as a gently revealing
character study, extremely well written and acted.
Morgan (2016) is Kate Mara in a smart sci-fi actioner about evolution
of synthetic life through survival of the fittest.
The Magnificent Seven (2016) is a rather uninvolving and unconvincing
Western remake of a remake of a remake of a remake.
The Disappointments Room is a little haunted home reno project which raises
more arresting possibilities than it explores.
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