Friday, December 09, 2016



Here’s a short list (in no special order) of some of this year’s best and very interesting films. After the name of the film (in Red, italic, and bold) we list, where it’s worth noting…

G> for genre
D> for director
C> for cast
W> for writer
S> for story or plot
!> for awards or special notice
L> for language (and country) other than English
Q> link to story or video in QPORIT
$> Big boxoffice (domestic)

See also…


·       Arrival
o   G> Science Fiction
o   D> Denis Villeneuve
o   C> Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
o   S> Aliens arrive; notions of time
o   !> Great, intelligent script
·       Elle
o   G> Drama, thriller
o   D: Paul Verhoeven
o   C> Isabelle Huppert
o   L> French with English subtitles
·       Certain Women
o   G> Drama of small town lives
o   W&D> Kelly Reichardt
o   C> Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern
o   !> NYFF
·       20th Century Women
o   G> Drama, Comedy
o   W&D> Mike Mills
o   C> Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann
o   S> 3 women, a boy, love, freedom, 70’s California
o   !> NYFF
·       Rules Don’t Apply
o   G> Old fashioned Love Story
o   W&D> Warren Beatty
o   C> Warren Beatty, Lily Collins
o   S> Fictional tale centering around Howard Hughes
o   Q>
·       Manchester By the Sea
o   G> Family drama
o   D&W> Kenneth Lonergan
o   C> Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
o   !> Great reviews, awards prospects
·       Miss Sloane
o   G> Drama
o   D> John Madden
o   C> Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill
o   S> Lobbyist vs Guns
·       Allied
o   G> Spy Drama, WWII
o   D> Robert Zemeckis
o   C> Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
·       Aquarius
o   G> Drama
o   D> Klieber Mendonca Filho
o   C> Sonia Braga
o   L> Portuguese (Brazil)
o   S> Elderly woman fighting eviction
·       The 13th
o   D> Ava DuVernay
o   G> Documentary, Human Rights
o   S> The legacy of slavery & the13th amendment, & prisons
o   !> NYFF Opening night
o   Q>
·       Doctor Strange
o   G> Action, Sci-fi, Fantasy
o   C> Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
o   S> Dr. Stephen Strange in NY vs real world & beyond
o   $> Over $200M box office
·       Girl on the Train
o   G> Mystery, thriller
o   C> Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett
o   !> Best selling novel
·       The Handmaiden
o   G> Crime drama with erotic love story
o   D> Chan-wook Park
o   L> Korean, Japanese
o   !> Critically praised; nudity
·       Moonlight
o   G> Drama
o   W&D> Barry Jenkins
o   C> Mahershala Ali
o   S> Growing up black in Miami; homosexuality
o   !> Critically praised
·       Queen of Katwe
o   G> Drama (based on true story)
o   D> Mira Nair
o   C> Lupita Nyong’O, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo
o   S> Female chess prodigy in Uganda
o   !> Critically praised
·       Jason Bourne
o   G> Spy, thriller, action
o   D> Paul Greengrass
o   C> Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, lots of stunt actors
o   S> Bourne seeks origin story; CIA seeks assassination; lots of car crashes
o   !> Latest sequel based on Ludlum’s novels
o   $> Over $150M boxoffice
·       Nocturnal Animals
o   G> Drama Thriller
o   W&D> Tom Ford
o   C> Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
o   S> Is her ex-husbands violent thriller meant as a threat to her?
o   !> Critically praised
·       Best Worst Thing that Ever Could Have Happened
o   G> Documentary
o   S> Story of the cast of “Merrily We Roll Along” a ”sure hit” that flopped
·       Lolo
o   G> Drama, Romance
o   D> Julie Delpy
o   C> Julie Delpy, Vincent Lacoste, Jean-Rene Graves
o   S> Looking for love, plus raising a troubled son
o   L> French
o   !> Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
o   Q> with 3D & 360 video interviews>
·       Valley of Love
o   G> Drama
o   C> Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert
o   S> A divorced couple meet in the desert after the death of their son
o   !> Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
o   Q>
·       The Great Game (Le Grand jeu)
o   G> Drama, Conspiracy
o   D> Nicolas Pariser
o   C> Melvil Poupaud, Andre Dussolier, Clemence Poesy
o   S> Conspiracies in the French government
o   L> French
o   !> Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
o   Q> 3D interview with Poupaud>
o   Q> 360 interview with Poupaud>
·       Bang Gang – A Modern Love Story
o   G> Drama, Romance, Parties, Sex
o   D> Eva Husson
o   C> Finnegan Oldfield, Marylin Lima
o   S> High-schoolers on their own
o   L> French
o   !> Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
o   Q> with 3D & 360 video interviews>
·       The Red Turtle
o   G> Animated
·       Lion
o   G> Drama based on true story
o   S> Boy, lost and separated from home, finds his parents as a young man
·       Mifune
o   G> Documentary
o   S> The great Japanese actor
·       Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
o   G> Fantasy
o   D> David Yates
o   W> J.K. Rowling
o   C> Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell
o   S> Wizards in the US in the 1920’s
o   $> Over 150M box office 
·       La La Land
o   G> Romance, Comedy, Musical
o   W&D> Damien Chazelle
o   C> Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Rosemary DeWitt
o   S> Jazz Ppianist & young actress
o   !> Awards favorite
·       Fences
o   G> Family drama
o   !> Based on a modern classic play
·       Zootopia
o   G> Animated
o   S> A town of many species
o   $> more than $300M
·       Jackie
o   G> Biographical
o   C> Natalie Portman
o   S> The Kennedy years and aftermath as lived by Jackie
·       Whisky Tango Foxtrot
o   G> Afghanistan war, comedy, drama, loosely biographical
o   C> Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman
o   S> Rookie reporter in war zone
·       Things to Come (L’avenir)
o   G> Drama
o   D> Mia Hansen-Love
o   C> Isabelle Huppert
o   S> Philosophy professor with many problems
o   L> French
o   !> Critically hailed performance by Huppert
·       Julieta
o   D> Pedro Almodovar
o   L> Spanish with subtitles
·       The Accountant
o   G> Crime thriller, drama
o   C> Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
·       Star Trek Beyond
o   G> Science fiction
o   D> Justin Lin
o   C> Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg
o   S> Simon Pegg, Doug Jung
o   !> Star Trek!
o   $> more than $150M
·       Frank and Lola
o   G> Romance
o   DW> Matthew Ross
o   C> Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots
·       Lost and Beautiful
o   L> Italian
·       Burn Country
o   G> Drama
o   D>Ian Olds
o   C> Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James, Franco
o   S> Afghan translator in California
·       All we Had
o   G> Drama
o   D> Katie Holmes
o   C> Katie Holmes, Luke Wilson, Stephania Owen
o   S> Homeless & clueless mother & daughter
o   !> Katie’s directing debut

·       Finding Dory
o   $> Over $450M
·       Captain America: Civil War
o   $> Over $400M
·       The Secret Life of Pets
o   $> Over $400M
·       The Jungle Book
o   $> Over $350M
·       Deadpool
o   $> Over $350M
·       Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
o   $> Over $300M
·       Suicide Squad
o   $> Over $300M
·       X-Men Apocalypse
o   $> Over $150M


·       Rogue One
·       The Comedian
·       Tony Erdmann
·       Land of Mine


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