1. La La Land — old-fashioned musical, unabashedly heterosexual, grown-up, pitch-perfect in almost every way
2. Zootopia — mesmerizing, and oh those sloths manning the DMV
3. Hell or High Water — revisionist modern Western, gratifyingly slow-paced with exquisite character development
4. Eye in the Sky — uncharacteristically balanced treatment of modern warfare, and almost unbearably tense
5. Arrival — like all good sci-fi, the science and CGI are subordinate to the absorbing human drama
6. Rogue One — best Star Wars since Return of the Jedi
7. The Green Room — dark indie thriller with a menacing Patrick Stewart
8. Sully — totally straightforward biopic that wins via plot and Hanks
9. The Infiltrator — Bryan Cranston is one of the finest living actors, and the story really proves the adage that truth is often stranger than fiction
10. The Accountant — Ben Affleck is a fine actor (and director), but this one succeeds on plot. And J. K. Simmons is always a delight to watch
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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Movies of 2016”
Hi, Andrew. Did you mean The Infiltrator for #9? If so, it’s so much better than the Netflix series Narcos.
Good call on The Green Room. Had you not mentioned it, I would never have known about it. Pretty tense. Patrick Stewart is exceptional, a master of volume and intonation.