Tag Archives: films of 2016

Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2016)

An important historical drama which, in spite of some narrative contrivance and sentimental gesturing, succeeds in conveying the under recognized role of three African American women during a significant moment in America’s past. Its use of dramatization is unlike most … Continue reading

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Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan, 2016)

Well structured and novelistic, a Dostoevskien tragedy conveying self-isolation and effacement in face of of a life disarmingly out of harmony, where thoughts and actions misalign and communication barriers forge rifts between self and others. Deftly handled and extraordinarily sensitive … Continue reading

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Moonlight (Jenkins, 2016)

On second viewing, I confirmed that Moonlight is truly a contemporary masterpiece, and currently the best film I’ve seen in 2016. My truncated review of past explained my primary observation: that the camera searches for and amplifies the quiet peace found in … Continue reading

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It’s Only The End of the World (Dolan, 2016)

Brief glimmers of Dolan’s expressive visual style, for which he is known, is suppressed by faux dramatique dialogues of a labored, awkwardly intimate, though sincerely intellectual nature. Not his finest work, but certainly commendable for its firm stylistic command. 79/100 – … Continue reading

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Two Lovers and a Bear (Nguyen, 2016)

An intriguing relationship drama wherein Northern spirituality guides lost lovers in facing their troubled past. Notably high concept, spiritual guidance acts through ancestral links such as blood and poetic links such as love and intuition. It also acts via a … Continue reading

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The Witch (Eggers, 2016)

The most problematic aspect of Eggers’ The Witch (2016) is that it wants to be too many things: a chamber drama, a horror, a socio-historical document, a parable of religious-mystic fervor… While the film’s tone and visual appeal is rather … Continue reading

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