Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Ten Best Films of 2016: #10

Of the handful of three-star movies I could visualize in this spot, I'm giving it to the black-and-white, mumblecore two-hander "Blue Jay," a Netflix original in which Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass give a master class in acting. It's like a great short story that builds to a shattering climax.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Julieta, I, Daniel Blake, Passengers, Patriots Day, A Monster Calls, Live by Night, Toni Erdmann, Why Him?, Hidden Figures, Paterson, 20th Century Women


I, Daniel Blake


Patriots Day

A Monster Calls

Live by Night

Toni Erdmann

Why Him?

Hidden Figures


20th Century Women

I judge the December releases a bit more strictly. Put a film out now, you’re telling the world you think it’s award material. Accordingly, close calls tend to get rounded down to the next lower star rating rather than rounded up to the next higher. Quick capsules on eleven Christmas offerings, none of which came close to penetrating my best list.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Accountant, Amanda Knox, American Honey, Aquarius, Being 17, The Birth of a Nation, Blue Jay, Certain Women, Command and Control, Deepwater Horizon, Denial, The Girl on the Train, Kevin Hart: What Now?, A Man Called Owe, Mascots, Masterminds, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Sand Storm, Tower

The Accountant
Amanda Knox

American Honey

Being 17
The Birth of a Nation

Blue Jay
Certain Women

Command and Control
Deepwater Horizon

The Girl on the Train

Kevin Hart: What Now?
A Man Called Owe


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Sand Storm