Best Films of 2016
But this Halloween season's follow-up, Origin of Evil, is an altogether different beast—a sterling '60s-set period piece that's only loosely related to its predecessor, and one that manufactures terror by first making one care about its well-drawn characters. . The most hardcore thriller in years, Jeremy Saulnier's follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed Blue Ruin is another exercise in extreme, nail-biting suspense, this time about a just-scraping-by punk band comprised of the late Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner that unwisely decides to accept a gig at a rural neo-Nazi music club. In the Shadow of Women Released: January 15th Cast: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam Director: Philippe Garrel A Burning Hot Summer Why it's worth your time: This romantic drama is so prototypically French that it may cause film studies students to bleed Brie. Think sex, jealousy, and half-naked bodies laying in the sun; ultimately, the sleepy movie becomes something more thrilling. Plus, it's just a really fun watch.
It mixes moments of peril and sadness with messages about love, friendship, finding family in unexpected places, appreciating nature, and opening yourself up to believing in magic. Where to watch it: Stream on Netflix 28. But Rogen and his fellow writers give life to these hot dogs and buns who can't wait to finally be together, wink wink, nudge nudge and he skewers the idea of unquestioning belief. Deadpool 2 also stars Ryan Reynolds in the leading role. But in the third Captain America film, Zemo Daniel Brühl is an average guy with true motives and purpose.
All also earned the , which means they offer an exceptional media experience to families. No mixed bags, interesting trainwrecks, or blockbusters that aren't as good as their box-office tallies suggest -- just the true gems. The news that a Bad Dads sequel is coming next year is concerning, though. David Mackenzie's outlaws-on-the-run saga concerns two brothers Chris Pine and Ben Foster who embark on a bank-robbing spree in order to raise enough money to save their family farm from foreclosure—a conceit that lends the film a piercing timeliness. To say too much more would spoil this thoroughly enjoyable film.
Some moviegoers went into the film prepared to dislike it, simply because this time it was women fighting off those unfriendly ghosts. There's more at stake, with characters who seem more real than animated, and Mowgli's relationships with his animal companions are deeply compelling. That's fine: the movie's plot, a streak of murderers that may or may not have been perpetrated by demons, tows the viewer through the foggiest moments with one visceral pleasure after another. And there's a happy ending, but not the one you expect. Sing Street is full of optimism, always a welcome presence these days, and the songs are seriously memorable.
Bonus points go to actress Angourie Rice, who plays March's daughter, Holly; her fast-talking wit easily makes her the film's best character. Where to watch it: In theaters 25. It has some edgy content, but ultimately it's a rallying cry to be bold, take chances, and make mistakes on the way to self-expression. Affleck's muted embodiment of this fractured young man conveys volumes about misery, guilt and regret, and he's matched by a sterling supporting cast that delivers similarly unaffected, bone-deep performances. Graceful and gripping, it's a period piece character study that cannily speaks to the way in which words—and, tellingly, also visual images—are the tools by which we shape history.
The film version, starring Dev Patel, is poignant, introducing Saroo as both a small child being adopted by an Australian couple and as an adult looking for his former life. The film's melodrama and comedy including a subplot involving a Down's Syndrome-afflicted teen texting with a dying child via emojis are overcooked, but Jaa and Jing's fighting prowess make this a must-see for genre aficionados. The second half is, of course, more devastating as we see locations encountered earlier destroyed by war, and learn of the deaths of multiple characters, including close relatives. That's true of both his superb 2016 releases, although in the final tally, his Neruda falls just shy of the piercing majesty of Jackie, an unconventional, hauntingly lyrical snapshot of Jackie Kennedy played by an astounding Natalie Portman in the week immediately following the November 23, 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Saturday Night Live co-head writer Chris Kelly wrote and directed Other People, a sleeper indie flick that feels intimate and relatable.
Twenty-five years later, grown under the care of an Australian couple, the expatriate sets out to locate the mother he barely knew. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids Jonathan Demme's acclaimed career may include numerous beloved dramas and comedies—from Something Wild and Married to the Mob to The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married—but he's also the world's foremost music-concert documentarian. Instead, Other People deals with a range of raw emotions and acknowledges that death doesn't always come with a sweeping orchestral score and grandiose life lessons. Like her Greek countrymate and frequent collaborator , The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari is a droll social satirist, and her latest plays like an opposite-sides-of-the-gender-coin companion piece to 2010's Attenberg. Divided into two parts, it is the staggering work of French-based Abbas Fahdel as he follows his family in Baghdad in the days leading up to the 2003 U. Gosling, as a jazz purist who yearns to open his own club, and Stone, a barista-cum-actress who spends equal time auditioning and daydreaming, pull off an acting two-step by imbuing Broadway-style fantasy -- complete with showstoppers, solos, and dance routines -- with a realistic struggle creative types will recognize. Where to see it right now: In theaters.
Through Gabbert's lens, Gold, who started his writing career covering opera and the '90s hip-hop scene, inspires writers of all kinds, with his insight translating to a broader appreciation of criticism as an art form. Of those, 328 received positive reviews scoring 61 or higher —that's an impressive 53%, and up from the 2015 figure which was around 50%. In Don't Think Twice, a group of improv actors, played by an ensemble of real comedic performers including Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs, have been waiting for their big break for years. Where to watch it: Stream on Amazon Prime 26. His third feature, and first in English, is this sterling work about a teacher Gabriel Byrne and his two sons, married Jonah Jesse Eisenberg and disaffected high-schooler Conrad Devin Druid , trying to come to terms with the death of their famous photographer matriarch Isabelle Isabelle Huppert.
The other takeaway is that we're still waiting for Marvel to announce a Black Widow spin-off. Plus, it promotes and friendship between an unlikely pair of allies. The patriarch is a man and a monster, a character we're all lucky to behold. Here are the 25 best films of the year so far, from intimate indie films to crass superhero blockbusters and heartbreaking, grand-scale tilts at understanding life and love. At a remote rural cabin, a deaf-mute author named Maddie Flanagan's wife, Kate Siegel finds herself menaced by a masked predator whose intentions don't extend past wanting to torment and then kill her. The film arrived in Europe last year, but those of us Stateside had to wait until 2016.