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2016 Films Ranked
Updated 3-22-17.

A


A-

Nocturnal Animals (Ford)


B+

La La Land (Chazelle)
Toni Erdmann (Ade)
Cemetery of Splendor (Weerasethakul)
Silence (Scorsese)


B

Everybody Wants Some!! (Linklater)
Rams (Hákonarson)
The Nice Guys (Black)
Manchester by the Sea (Lonergan)
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (Herzog)
Moonlight (Jenkins)
Fences (Washington)
Tickled (Farrier and Reeve)


B-

The Witch (Eggers)
Hacksaw Ridge (Gibson)
Café Society (Allen)
Elle (Verhoeven) [* I was with it until the third act when it becomes "Let's Be Friends With a Rapist" ... I mean, I understand the Huppert character's backstory (the daughter of a serial killer) but it was just too far a stretch for me (recall I found The Night Porter completely plausible).]
Florence Foster Jenkins (Frears)
The Measure of a Man (Brizé)
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (Macdonald)
Into the Inferno (Herzog)
Demolition (Vallée)
Snowden (Stone)
The Edge of Seventeen (Craig)


C+

I, Daniel Blake (Loach)
Aquarius (Mendonça Filho)
Paterson (Jarmusch)
Zootopia (Howard, Moore and Bush)
The Little Prince (Osborne)
American Honey (Arnold)
13th (DuVernay)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Snyder)
The Sea of Trees (Van Sant) [* I realize this got critically trounced, but even though I predicted the "twist" (it's easy), I found McConaughey completely believable and totally committed.]
Sausage Party (Tiernan and Vernon) [* The humor might be juvenile but it's not as dumb as the trailer wants you to believe: it's a talking food movie about atheism ... and the anti-VeggieTales.]
Finding Dory (Stanton and MacLane)
Allied (Zemeckis)


C

Green Room (Saulnier)
A Hologram for the King (Tykwer)
Certain Women (Reichardt)
Doctor Strange (Derrickson) [* Still uses the Marvel Plug-In-The-Characters plotting system, but the CGI is remarkable and Cumberbatch can make (most) anything an intriguing watch. Ms. Tilda: earnin' a paycheck (nothing wrong with that).]
10 Cloverfield Lane (Trachtenberg)
Dheepan (Audiard)
The Jungle Book (Favreau)
Hardcore Henry (Naishuller)
Indignation (Schamus) [* Leave. Philip. Roth. On. The. Page.]
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (Demme)
Jason Bourne (Greengrass)
Free State of Jones (Ross)
Blood Father (Richet)
The Peanuts Movie (Martino) [* Nice visual approach to the classic strip, except the writers have no idea how to bring the characters to life in any sort of way, making it a "greatest hits" assemblage of facial expressions and scenarios.]
Weiner (Kriegman and Steinberg)
Patriots Day (Berg)
Eye in the Sky (Hood)


C-

The Neon Demon (Winding Refn)
Love & Friendship (Stillman)
Arrival (Villeneuve)
Hidden Figures (Melfi)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Perkins)
The Handmaiden (Park)
The Innocents (Fontaine)
Hell or High Water (Mackenzie)
Money Monster (Foster)
Zoolander 2 (Stiller)
Hail, Caesar! (The Coens)
Deadpool (Miller)
Swiss Army Man (Daniels)
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (Berlinger)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Jacquot)
Chevalier (Tsangari)
Lion (Davis) [* Naming it after a big cat is better than what I would have called it: Save Us, Rich White People.]
Sing Street (Carney)
Loving (Nichols)
A Bigger Splash (Guadagnino)
Keanu (Atencio)
Maggie's Plan (Miller)
Eddie the Eagle (Fletcher)
Our Little Sister (Kore-eda) [* Did Kore-eda forget about that little thing called "dramatic tension?" And how are these ladies not morbidly obese? "The ocean called, they ran out of mackerel."]
Divines (Benyamina)


D+

Knight of Cups (Malick)
Sully (Eastwood)
The Love Witch (Biller)
Jane Got a Gun (O'Connor)
The Family Fang (Bateman)
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Greenaway)
Tallulah (Heder)
Mia Madre (Moretti) [* Moretti's typically an assured and composed filmmaker, which makes me wonder how much casting an American (John Turturro) to overact and casting a female as the lead threw him off his game.]
The Brothers Grimsby (Leterrier)
The BFG (Spielberg)
Inferno (Howard)
Star Trek Beyond (Lin) [* At least we know the computer and make-up teams worked harder on it than anyone else around.]
David Brent: Life on the Road (Gervais) [* The TV show was far more delicately built, while this solely exists to make you cringe ... where's Merchant to reign in Ricky's worst impulses?]
Amanda Knox (Blackhurst and McGinn)


D

The Accountant (O'Connor)
Rogue One (Edwards) [* Off-brand Star Wars with Darth Vader and Leia tossed in for the fanboys and fangirls.]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Steers)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Ficarra and Requa)
High-Rise (Wheatley)
Genius (Grandage)
Into the Forest (Rozema)
Captain America: Civil War (The Russos)
The Invitation (Kusama)
The Adderall Diaries (Romanowsky)
Pee-wee's Big Holiday (Lee)
Me Before You (Sharrock)
The Light Between Oceans (Cianfrance)
Live by Night (Affleck)
Special Correspondents (Gervais)
London Has Fallen (Najafi)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (Yuen)
The Boss (Falcone)
Memoria (De Fontenay and Ljeti)
How to Be Single (Ditter)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin (Wadlow)
Being Charlie (Reiner)
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Szymanski)
Lolo (Delpy)
Midnight Special (Nichols)
Masterminds (Hess)
The Huntsman: Winter's War (Nicolas-Troyan)
Dirty Grandpa (Mazer)


D-

The Girl on the Train (Taylor)
Jackie (Larraín)
Get a Job (Kidd)
Suicide Squad (Ayer)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Stoller)
The Fundamentals of Caring (Burnett)
Morris From America (Hartigan)
The Colony (Gallenberger)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (Bobin)
Take Me to the River (Sobel)
Mascots (Guest)
The Angry Birds Movie (Kaytis and Reilly)
Yoga Hosers (Smith)


F

Ghostbusters (Feig)
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (Spiro)
Dog Eat Dog (Schrader) [* Just when you thought Schrader and Cage couldn't sink any further, well, they surprise you.]
Now You See Me 2 (Chu)


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