2016 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2016, and the last two columns for films seen in 2016. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2015 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2016. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2016
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2016 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (à).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2016 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than 2 years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

*Toni Erdmann (Ade) 82
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong) 82

B+/A- Near Great

*Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan) 79

B+ Must See

Staying Vertical (Guiraudie) 77
*Tower (Maitland) 76
The Witch: A New-England Folktale (Eggers) 75
Nocturama (Bonello) 74
Personal Affairs (Haj) 74
*Paterson (Jarmusch) 73

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Feuerzeig) 72
Kékszakállú (Solnicki) 72
Indignation (Schamus) 71
*London Road (Norris) 71
Everybody Wants Some!! (Linklater) 70
*Aquarius (Mendonça Filho) 69
Divines (Benyamina) 69

B Recommended

*A Monster With a Thousand Heads (Plá) 68
Weiner (Kriegman, Steinberg) 68
Sorrow and Joy {2013} (Malmros) 68
*Arrival (Villeneuve) 68
The Salesman (Farhadi) 68
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Perkins) 67
O.J.: Made in America (Edelman) 67
*20th Century Women (Mills) 67
Evolution (Hadzihalilovic) 67
Green Room (Saulnier) 67
*The Handmaiden (Park) 66
Rams (Hákonarson) 66
Fences (Washington) 66
*The Wave (Uthaug) 66
*Neruda (Larraín) 66
Remember (Egoyan) 65
The Lobster (Lanthimos) 65
*Miss Sharon Jones! (Kopple) 65
*La La Land (Chazelle) 65
*Microbe and Gasoline (Gondry) 65
*Christine (Campos) 64
The Birth of Saké (Shirai) 64
*Hell or High Water (Mackenzie) 64
Morris From America (Hartigan) 64
Don't Breathe (Alvarez) 64
De Palma (Baumbach, Paltrow) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

*Elle (Verhoeven) 63
*Kate Plays Christine (Greene) 63
Thithi (Reddy) 63
*Certain Women (Reichardt) 63
*Blue Jay (Lehmann) 63
The Edge of Seventeen (Craig) 62
My Golden Days (Desplechin) 62
*Julieta (Almodóvar) 62
*Cameraperson (Johnson) 62
Graduation (Mungiu) 62
*Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Herzog) 62
*Nocturnal Animals (Ford) 61
Suite Armoricaine (Breton) 61
Sing Street (Carney) 61
Don't Call Me Son (Muylaert) 61
Two Lottery Tickets (Negoescu) 61
The Conjuring 2 (Wan) 61
Silence (Scorsese) 61
After the Storm (Kore-eda) 61
The Measure of a Man (Brizé) 60
Eye in the Sky (Hood) 60
Werewolf (McKenzie) 60
The Winter (Torres) 60
Joe Cinque's Consolation (Dounoukos) 60
Our Little Sister (Kore-eda) 60
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (Demme) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

H. (Attieh, Garcia) 59
*Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi) 59
*Love & Friendship (Stillman) 59
A Quiet Passion (Davies) 59
Zurich (Polak) 59
Midnight Special (Nichols) 59
*Peter and the Farm (Stone) 58
Three (To) 58
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong) 58
*Tickled (Farrier, Reeve) 58
Louder Than Bombs (Trier) 58
*Complete Unknown (Marston) 57
Krisha (Shults) 57
10 Cloverfield Lane (Trachtenberg) 57
Swiss Army Man (Scheinert, Kwan) 57
*Voyage of Time (Malick) 57
Exile (Panh) 57
*Gimme Danger (Jarmusch) 57
Never Ever (Jacquot) 56
*Anthropoid (Ellis) 56
Amanda Knox (Blackhurst, McGinn) 56
*Always Shine (Takal) 56
The Unknown Girl (Dardennes) 56
Moana (Musker, Clements) 56
*Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (Skousen, Coon) 56
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (Yuen) 56
*King Jack (Thompson) 55
*A War (Lindholm) 55
*Zero Days (Gibney) 55
Neither Heaven nor Earth (Cogitore) 55
*Ixcanul (Bustamante) 55
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (Morris) 55
*Things to Come (Hansen-Løve) 55
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Øvredal) 55
Starless Dreams (Oskouei) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

*Neon Bull (Mascaro) 54
I Am Not Your Negro (Peck) 54
*The Age of Shadows (Kim) 54
*Summertime (Corsini) 54
*A Perfect Day (León de Aranoa) 54
*The Fits (Holmer) 54
Sully (Eastwood) 54
Being 17 (Téchiné) 54
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Kuosmanen) 53
Passengers (Tyldum) 53
*Being Charlie (Reiner) 53
Lion (Davis) 53
*Fire at Sea (Rosi) 53
The Commune (Vinterberg) 53
Hidden Figures (Melfi) 53
Valley of Love (Nicloux) 53
Deepwater Horizon (Berg) 53
*Viva (Breathnach) 53
Florence Foster Jenkins (Frears) 52
*I Am Not Madame Bovary (Feng) 52
Frantz (Ozon) 52
The Little Prince (Osborne) 52
The Rehearsal (Maclean) 52
Rogue One (Edwards) 52
*American Honey (Arnold) 52
*Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Zhao) 52
Les cowboys (Bidegain) 52
*Tumbledown (Mewshaw) 52
*Café Society (Allen) 51
*Into the Inferno (Herzog) 51
The Light Between Oceans (Cianfrance) 51
My King (Maïwenn) 51
Personal Shopper (Assayas) 51
Allied (Zemeckis) 51
*The Innocents (Fontaine) 51
Souvenir (Defurne) 51
*Short Stay (Fendt) 51
*Under the Shadow (Anvari) 51
*Aferim! (Jude) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

*Burn Country (Olds) 50
Keanu (Atencio) 50
Dheepan (Audiard) 50
Clash (Diab) 50
*The Magnificent Seven (Fuqua) 50
A Hologram for the King (Tykwer) 50
Finding Dory (Stanton) 50
Sweet Dreams (Bellocchio) 50
Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (Lee) 50
*The BFG (Spielberg) 50
*I, Daniel Blake (Loach) 49
*Creepy (Kurosawa) 49
The Net (Kim) 49
Tale of Tales (Garrone) 49
*The Neon Demon (Winding Refn) 49
*Moonlight (Jenkins) 49
Emelie (Thelin) 49
Zootopia (Howard, Moore) 49
Afternoon (Tsai) 49
Hail, Caesar! (Coens) 49
The Jungle Book (Favreau) 49
*Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (Berlinger) 48
Raw (Ducournau) 48
*Miles Ahead (Cheadle) 48
The Treasure (Porumboiu) 48
*The Intervention (DuVall) 48
*Snowden (Stone) 48
Chevalier (Tsangari) 48
Jackie (Larraín) 47
*L'atessa (Messina) 47
Mountains May Depart (Jia) 47
Maggie's Plan (Miller) 47
Sieranevada (Puiu) 47
Pyromaniac (Skjoldbjærg) 47
Chronic (Franco) 46
*The Program (Frears) 46
Yourself and Yours (Hong) 46
Zoology (Tverdovsky) 46
*Forsaken (Cassar) 46
Mermaid (Chow) 46
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Shaw) 46
Unlocking the Cage (Hegedus, Pennebaker) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

Daguerrotype (Kurosawa) 45
*Loving (Nichols) 45
*Lazer Team (Hullum) 45
Love Battles {2013} (Doillon) 45
*Operation Avalanche (Johnson) 45
*Into the Forest (Rozema) 45
*Old Stone (Ma) 45
The Brothers Grimsby (Leterrier) 45
*A Tale of Love and Darkness (Portman) 44
In the Shadow of Women (Garrel) 44
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Lee) 44
The Legend of Tarzan (Yates) 44
Nelly (Émond) 44
Marguerite & Julien (Donzelli) 44
Bleak Street (Ripstein) 44
Ma' Rosa (Mendoza) 43
*The Master (Xu) 43
Hands of Stone (Jakubowicz) 43
*Goat (Neel) 43
*The Ivory Game (Ladkani, Davidson) 43
*Get a Job (Kidd) 43
Sunset Song (Davies) 43
Lady Macbeth (Oldroyd) 42
*Outlaws and Angels (Mollner) 42
Hermia & Helena (Piñeiro) 42
*Sweet Bean (Kawase) 42
*Intruders (Schindler) 42
Hardcore Henry (Naishuller) 42

C Pass

*Blair Witch (Wingard) 41
Mia Madre (Moretti) 41
*Wiener-Dog (Solondz) 41
*The Ones Below (Farr) 41
The Red Turtle (Dudok de Wit) 41
Mekong Hotel {2012} (Weerasethakul) 41
*The Idol (Abu-Assad) 40
*The Lost Arcade (Vincent) 40
*Two Lovers and a Bear (Nguyen) 40
*Snowtime! (Pouliot) 40
*Standing Tall (Bercot) 40
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Burton) 39
*From Afar (Vigas) 39
*Men & Chicken (Jensen) 39
Little Men (Sachs) 39
A Bigger Splash (Guadagnino) 38
It's Only the End of the World (Dolan) 38
Don't Blink: Robert Frank (Israel) 38
Slack Bay (Dumont) 38
The Sea of Trees (Van Sant) 37
*The Lovers & the Despot (Cannan, Adam) 37

C- Ugh

Run the Tide (Mehta) 36
*Rabin: The Last Day (Gitai) 36
Nerve (Joost, Schulman) 35
13th (DuVernay) 35
*Dog Eat Dog (Schrader) 34
Dark Night (Sutton) 34
Knight of Cups (Malick) 33
Salt and Fire (Herzog) 33
I Saw the Light (Abraham) 31
Independence Day: Resurgence (Emmerich) 30
*An Eye for Beauty (Arcand) 29
*Glassland (Barrett) 28

D+ Double-Ugh

*Anesthesia (Nelson) 27
Shut In (Blackburn) 26
*Nina (Mort) 26
(Re)Assignment (Hill) 25
From the Land of the Moon (Garcia) 24
Cosmos (Zulawski) 23
Warcraft (Jones) 22
No Home Movie (Akerman) 21

D Bomb

Regression (Amenábar) 17
*For the Plasma (Bryant, Molzan) 16
Officer Downe (Crahan) 15
The Academy of Muses (Guerin) 14
Hitler's Folly (Plympton) 11
The Last Face (Penn) 10

F Burn the Negative

*11 Minutes (Skolimowski) 8

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

*The Apostate (Veiroj)
Apprentice (Boo)
April and the Extraordinary World (Desmares, Ekinci)
Behemoth (Zhao)
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Kolirin)
Buster's Mal Heart (Smith)
Captain Fantastic (Ross)
The Cinema Travellers (Abraham, Madheshiya)
Closet Monster (Dunn)
The Dark Horse (Robertson)
Demon (Wrona)
Disorder (Wincour)
Dogs (Mirica)
Don't Think Twice (Birbiglia)
The Dreamed Path (Schanelec)
Eldorado XXI (Lamas)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (Hartley)
Embrace of the Serpent (Guerra)
The Eyes of My Mother (Pesce)
First Girl I Loved (Sanga)
Fort Buchanan (Crotty)
The 4th (Hyland)
Godspeed (Chung)
*Happy Hour (Hamaguchi)
Headshot (Tjahjanto, Stamboel)
Heal the Living (Quillévéré)
History of Fear (Naishtat)
The Human Surge (Williams)
In the Last Days of the City (Said)
Inversion (Behzadi)
Jeffrey (Perez)
*Kaili Blues (Bi)
Kicks (Tipping)
Kill Me Please (Rocha da Silveira)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Knight)
Land and Shade (Augusto Acevedo)
The Levelling (Leach)
Life After Life (Zhang)
The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (Márquez, Testa)
Lost and Beautiful (Marcello)
The Love Witch (Biller)
Mean Dreams (Morlando)
The Meddler (Scafaria)
Men Go to Battle (Treitz)
Mercenaire (Wolff)
Mimosas (Laxe)
My Life as a Courgette (Barras)
*Naz & Maalik (Dockendorf)
Newtown (Snyder)
Nuts! (Lane)
Our Last Tango (Kral)
The Other Side (Minervini)
Pericle (Mordini)
Pete's Dragon (Lowery)
Prevenge (Lowe)
Princess (Shalom Ezer)
Quod erat demonstrandum {2013} (Gruzsniczki)
Spa Night (Ahn)
The Student (Serebrennikov)
Take Me to the River (Sobel)
Too Late (Hauck)
Una (Andrews)
Under Electric Clouds (German Jr.)
The Wailing (Na)
The Witness (Solomon)
The World of Kanako (Nakashima)
X Quinientos (Andrés Arango)
Zoom (Morelli)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing

Southbound (Various) [emergency phone call informing me that someone had broken into my house]