The Best Movies of 2016

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It's been a pretty good year. I know there will be those that say movies just aren't what they used to be and, if you're talking about Hollywood cinema, I would somewhat agree with you, but there is so much to choose from these days that It'd be a sin to miss out. My list of 40 very good to great movies is mostly composed of indies and foreign-language films. What did make it from the Hollywood studio system? "Arrival," "Zootopia," "10 Cloverfield Lane," "Silence" and "Hacksaw Ridge." That's 5 out of 40. Pathetic. Look outside the box, see the greatness of the smaller studio fare that is breaking the rules and making cinema great again. 

1) La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
2) Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

3) Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
4) OJ: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
5) Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
6) Krisha (Trey Schultz)
7) Indignation (James Schamus)
8) A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) 
9) Zootopia (Howard, Moore and Bush)
10) 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

10) Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
11) Silence (Martin Scorsese)
12) Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
13) Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
14) Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
15) Right Now, Wrong Then (Sang-Soo Hong)
16) Weiner (J. Kriegman and Steinberg)
17) Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
18) Gleason (Clay Tweel)

19) Miss Sloane (John Madden)

21) Aquarius (Kleber Mendonza Filho)
22) Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
23) The Wailing (Hong-Jin Na)
24) Newtown (Kim A. Snyder)
25) Hush (Mike Flanagan)
26) Lo and Behold (Werner Herzog)
27) Loving (Jeff Nichols)
28) Don't Breathe (Fede Alvarez)
29) Equity (Meera Menon)

30) American Honey (Andrea Arnold)

31) Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)
32) In a Valley of Violence (Ti West)
33) Sing Street (John Carney)
34) Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater)
35) Lights Out (David Sandberg, Jose Ramos)
36) Don't Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia)
37) 20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
38) The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
39) The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce)
40) From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas)

41) The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce)
42) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards)
43) The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
44) Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke)
45) Patriots Day (Peter Berg)

46) Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)
47) Blood Father (Jean-Francois Richet)
48) The Accountant (Gavin O'Connor)
49) Deadpool (Tim Miller)
50) Born to Be Blue (Rober Budreau)

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
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