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.
The Founder (2016) is all-American Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton, amazing)
hustling McDonald's fair and square mostly maybe.
Fences (2016) is Denzel Washington's movie of August Wilson's play
of boundaries which protect, enclose, unite, divide.
Paterson is joyful, full of poetry, but a little too patronizing, with
strong acting including Adam as the bus driver.
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.
20th Century Women is Mike Mills's youth as American Beauty meets Running with Scissors
with great Annette Bening and Lucas Jade Zumann.
Neruda (2016) is Larraín's stylish presentation of the police pursuit
of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, via Poe or Kafka.
Manchester by the Sea is a fine, serious drama of couched grief for
Margaret (2011), Lonergan's wonderful masterpiece.
Toni Erdmann is a German schoolteacher finding odd ways to jolt his
staid businesswoman daughter out of cold patterns.
Split is the best movie of 2017 so far, move over MCU and DCU for an odd,
neat Unbreakable Shyamalan Universe thriller.
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.
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.
The Lego Batman Movie is a pretty funny and entertaining meta-parody
of Batmedia from origins to beyond in Lego bricks.
The Comedian (2016) is a kind of funny movie with De Niro as a has-been,
might-be comedy star. Better than Grudge Match.
Sleepless (2016) is Jamie Foxx in a fun action comedy of errors with
Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney and Scoot McNairy.
The Space Between Us is a wobbly, not-all-that-terrible teen extraterrestrial
romance with a cumbersome, obvious script.
Passengers (2016) is a high-concept sci-fi movie fond of the height of
its concept as frozen space travelers thaw early.
Sing (2016) is about what one would expect from a small-town zootopia
version of "American Idol," mostly unremarkable.
Gold (2016) is based on true events involving gold, fraud and Wall Street,
not substantial in this movie's storytelling.
The Red Turtle is an authentic experience of 60 years spent on
an island with a f---ing deadpan turtle in only 80 minutes.
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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