The Best Films of 2016 - Which Did You See?

Winter has descended and it is a great time for movies.  With a little effort, you may find some of these movies available for viewing.


Best films (58, including documentaries) of 2016, listed in order of viewing:
The Revenant (USA)
Son of Saul (Hungary)* [My best foreign language film of the year]
Aferim (Romania)
45 Years (United Kingdom)
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (various countries)
Rams (Iceland)*

Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, Rams - Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group

A War (Denmark)*
The Club (Chile)*

Still from THE CLUB. Courtesy of Music Box Films

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia & Argentina)
Only Yesterday (Japan)        
10 Cloverfield Lane (USA)    
Eye in the Sky (United Kingdom)*

A drone flies through the skies in Gavin Hood's EYE IN THE SKY, a Bleecker Street release. Credit : Bleecker Street

The Clan (Argentina)*
April and the Extraordinary World (French & Belgian)
Sweet Bean (Japan)
Fireworks Wednesday (Iran)
Francofonia (France & Germany)
L’Attesa (Italy)
Dheepan (France)
Fallen Idol (United Kingdom)
Diary of a Chambermaid (France)
Les Cowboys (France & Belgium)*

Les Cowboys- Courtesy of Cohen Media

Free State of Jones (USA)*
The Innocents (France)*
Indignation (USA)
Hell or High Water (USA)*
Little Men (USA)
The People vs Fritz Bauer (Germany)*
Ixcanul (Guatemala)*
Sully (USA)
Demon (Poland)*
Tanna (Australia)
The Birth of a Nation (USA)*
The Girl on the Train (USA)
American Honey (USA)
Certain Women (USA)*
The Battle of Algiers (France)
Aquarius (Brazil)
Moonlight (USA)* [My best American film of the year]
The Handmaiden (South Korea)*
Arrival (USA)
Loving (USA)*
Elle (France)
Manchester by the Sea (USA)*

Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Photo credit: Claire Folger, Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

Things to Come (France)
Fences (USA)*

Censored Voices (Israel)*
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (various countries)*
Trapped (USA)*
City of Gold (USA)*
Wiener (USA)*
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (Netherlands)*
The Lovers and the Despot (United Kingdom)*
Command and Control (USA)
The Eagle Huntress (United Kingdom & Mongolia)*
Seasons (France & Germany)*
Fire at Sea (Italy)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (USA & Japan)*

* Actually reviewed, but everything on this list deserved a review.   Have a great New Year, filled with more wonderful films on the big screen.    Ciao, Ian

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