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  • Top 25 of 2016: 10) Nocturnal Animals 1

    Top 25 of 2016: 10) Nocturnal Animals

    NOCTURNAL ANIMALS REVIEWED “Nocturnal Animals” is my kind of revenge tale. Equal parts meta-fiction and F*** you letter to an ex-wife, director Tom Ford creates the best looking film of 2016. Some early reviewers have taken issue with Ford has switched from the longing of “A Single Man” to...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 11) Manchester by the Sea 3

    Top 25 of 2016: 11) Manchester by the Sea

    MANCHESTER BY THE SEA REVIEWED “Manchester by the Sea” probably has the best audio design of a movie in 2016. Listening to amplified sounds relays how uncomfortable Casey Affleck remains throughout the duration of the film. He wants to be there for his nephew, but everything about the titular...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 12) The Invitation 5

    Top 25 of 2016: 12) The Invitation

    THE INVITATION REVIEWED “The Invitation” floored me. I could call it one of the best movies of 2016, but that doesn’t pin down what makes this film work. Tying emotion to horrific events creates a kind of story that moves past horror, suspense or whatever label you want to...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 13) Arrival 7

    Top 25 of 2016: 13) Arrival

    ARRIVAL REVIEWED “Arrival” is a great Sci-Fi plot that doesn’t perfectly translate to film. What it does do is grind up classic Sci-Fi plots and mixes them together with 4D thinking. The easy read that most have offered on the film is that it’s about the power of communication....
  • Top 25 of 2016: 14) Hail, Caesar! 9

    Top 25 of 2016: 14) Hail, Caesar!

    HAIL, CAESAR! REVIEWED “Hail, Caesar” remains one of my favorite films of 2016. While heavily stylized and evoking the 1950s at every turn, the result is a picture not meant for a broad modern audience. Some have complained that the story of Eddie Mannix doesn’t make any sense or...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 15) 10 Cloverfield Lane 11

    Top 25 of 2016: 15) 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 CLOVERFIELD LANE REVIEWED “10 Cloverfield Lane” is the best “Twilight Zone” episode since Rod Serling shuffled off this mortal coil. However, it’s not “Cloverfield 2”. What the film serves as is a three part character piece where character actors get to bring their A-game. Mary Elizabeth Winstead might...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 16) Morris from America 13

    Top 25 of 2016: 16) Morris from America

    MORRIS FROM AMERICA REVIEWED “Morris from America” is another one of the teen movies I loved last year. Playing at the young end of 13, you get the extra mix of a kid being sent to another country. Underrated actor Craig Robinson makes the most of the soccer coach...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 17) The Edge of Seventeen 15

    Top 25 of 2016: 17) The Edge of Seventeen

    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN REVIEWED “The Edge of Seventeen” is a great teen movie. All teen movies should be rated R. The efforts that go into appeasing a base that is too self-absorbed to get material targeting them has always bothered me. Have movies like this waiting on the...
  • Top 25 of 2016: 18) Fences 17

    Top 25 of 2016: 18) Fences

    FENCES REVIEWED “Fences” often gets called the African American response to “Death of a Salesman”. While I respect Miller, this feels rather trite. “Fences” is a study of a man that doesn’t fail because he’s weak. Troy Maxson fails because he’s hit that glass ceiling so hard that his...

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