These are some of the films I saw in 2016 that I liked and why. Eye In The Sky: Gave a view of how war has changed through the use of drones and electronics. This was also Alan Rickman’s last film.
Where To Invade Next: A Michael Moore Documentary about our inability to provide US Citizens with aspects of living we founded but never implemented.
Knight Of Cups: This film is not everyone’s cup of tea but its esoteric nature touched me.
Hello, My Name Is Doris: Sally Field was spectacular as a woman who tried to find love with a much younger man.
Deadpool: Despite the thoughts of most other reviewers, I thought this was a very funny film.
Money Monster: I like Clooney and the premise of this film about television stock pickers.
Golden Kingdom: I loved the young monks and their clear devotion to their Buddhist practice.
Dark Horse: Sweet film about a group of Welsh villiagers.
Nerve: Although nothing great about this film, it was a blast to watch, which is enough sometimes.
Captain Fantastic: I loved the premise and story of this film.
Southside With You: I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Barack and Michelle’s first date.
Hell Or High Water: Really evoked the old west with fine performances.
Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World: Wonderful documentary about how we got the World Wide Web.
Samsara: Powerful images showing the cycle of life.
Snowden: I really liked how Oliver Stone told this sotry.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years: Outstanding documentary about The Beatles earliest years.
Sully: Tom Hanks was great in telling this amazing true story.
Certain Women: Very interesting study and story about these women's lives.
Nocturnal Animals: I loved the acting in this film.
The Edge of Seventeen: Wonderfully acted film about how hard it can be to be a 17-year old girl.
Loving: Genuinely sweet film about how love can conquer – even the law of the land.
Moonlight: Another film that opened the doors to a way of life that needs to be seen and accepted.
The Handmaiden: Wonderfully filmed story about deception and love.
Arrival: One of my most favorite films of the year as it shares the concept of non-linear time.
Hacksaw Ridge: Well executed film about a conscientious objector and a very bloody battle.
Fences: Although very “play like”, it is a wonderful study of a family.
La La Land: A thoroughly wonderful engaging film about love.
Elle: Powerfully acted film about the strength of a woman.
Manchester By The Sea: The acting in this film is sublime.
When the Oscar Award listing comes out, I’ll share my opinions and best guesses.