Month: January 2017

  1. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook’s movie is a legitimate masterpiece, an all-timer. Sexy, romantic, funny, and great. Do not miss.
  2. La La Land – Damien Chazelle’s musical is both heartache and celebration, and the last 20 minutes are cinematic bliss. Emma Stone, man.
  3. Arrival – this film deserves to be in the same breath as Close Encounters or The Day The Earth Stood Still. Amy Adams is tremendous.
  4. Swiss Army Man – the farting corpse movie turns out to be one of the most emotionally satisfying films of the year. Who knew?
  5. The Witch – this is a truly great horror film on par with The Exorcist and Psycho. It’s that good. Don;t listen to haters. A revelation.
  6. Captain America: Civil War – one of the most entertaining but satisfying blockbusters in a long time. The MCU keeps kicking ass.
  7. Sing Street – John Carney’s 1980s movie is full of love and power, with hands down a great musical tour of that decade.
  8. Kubo And The Two Strings – the best animated film of the year. Parts Kurosawa and superhero – “If you must blink, do it now.”
  9. Hell Or High Water – a Texas film shot in New Mexico, but regardless has this state in its blood. Entertaining, relevant, and poignant.
  10. Manchester By The Sea: Ken Lonergan’s exploration of grief is a hard watch, but powerful and rewarding. Casey Affleck is incredible.

I certainly didn’t get to see nearly as many movies as I wanted to this year but here are the 10 best that I saw. My main criteria for a good/great movie is execution (Manchester by the Sea), rewatchability (Captain America: Civil War) and in-theater entertainment (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). If a movie did one or more of these things, it was certainly under consideration.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (film)
  2. Captain America: Civil War
  3. Deadpool
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Hidden Figures
  6. Arrival
  7. Manchester By the Sea
  8. Doctor Strange
  9. Magnificent Seven
  10. Zootopia
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