19 items from 2017
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Happy birthday, Liam Hemsworth! The Independence Day: Resurgence actor turns 27 today, and his birthday is already kicking off with an emotional message from fiancée Miley Cyrus. The "We Can't Stop" songstress shared a goofy photo of her and Liam and wrote a heartfelt caption to go with it. "Happiest birthday Ever to my favorite being Ever Ever Ever! You have been my best friend since the day we met....." she began the caption. "I am beyond lucky to share sooooo animals with you!!!I love you @liamhemsworth." The famously private couple began to share more and more photos with their fans before the holidays, and continued to gift followers close ups of their relationship »
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 15th annual Ves Awards, with Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading the feature film field with seven nominations, followed by Doctor Strange and Kubo and the Two Strings with six apiece. On the small screen, HBO’s Game of Thrones racked up eleven nominations, including eight for the penultimate episode of season six, ‘Battle of the Bastards’.
The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, Visual Effects Society Chair (via Variety). “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways. The Ves Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we »
- Gary Collinson
Last time, I covered the best movies of 2016— and now it’s time for the flip side. Brace yourself.
#6: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – In my top list I praised Captain America: Civil War for being a kind of triumphant pinnacle of fan service in comic book movies. Batman v Superman might well be the dark mirror of that idea: fan service run completely amok. Characters are crammed in this movie every which way along with vague concepts, half-formed ideas, and every frame of iconic superhero artwork Zack Snyder has ever seen. Batman v Superman is depressing both in tone and failed potential. The Superman that Snyder puts on the screen is the worst interpretation of the character I’ve ever seen, impulsive and violent without a trace of warmth. Only the moderately badass Wonder Woman sequences save this movie from higher placement on this list, and they »
- Arthur Tebbel
With few new releases in the first week of the new year, the top five disc sellers are unchanged from the previous week.
Sony Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” enjoyed a third week at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, for the week ended Jan. 8.
The highest-ranking newcomer was Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch,” the belated third installment in the “found footage” horror franchise that began with 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.” The film, with a domestic gross of $20.8 million, debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Paramount’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which again finished the week at No. 6.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Jeff Goldblum fans are in for a treat with this new activity book, “Do I Hate Being Right All the Time,” by publisher Belly Kids. Paying homage to the beloved actor, the 32 page book features fun games, puzzles and activities that feature the charming Goldblum in various situations.
“First crush, only love, most charming man on screen. To say Jeff Goldblum is the one great thing in this world would be a mass understatement,” reads the book’s description on the website.
Each Goldblum-inspired activity is illustrated by a different artist. The book includes a “Draw Your Jeff Emoji” page by Dan Woodger, a “Where’s Jeff” activity by Bridie Cheeseman, a “The Fly Cut Out” by Conner Perry and many more.
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- Liz Calvario
The Visual Effects Society announced on Tuesday its nominees ahead of the 15th Annual Ves Awards show in Los Angeles on February 7.
The nominees for the 15th Annual Ves Awards in 24 categories are as follows:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Mirror; Playtest
Game Of Thrones; Battle Of The Bastards
Stranger Things; Demogorgon
The Expanse; Salvage »
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For the second year in a row, a “Star Wars” movie leads all films at the Visual Effects Society Awards nominations with seven nods: “Rogue One” has done just as “The Force Awakens” did a year ago, followed closely by “Doctor Strange” and “The Jungle Book,” both of which scored six. All of them were bested by “Game of Thrones,” however, which scored 11 nominations.
“The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, Ves Chair, in a statement. “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways. The Ves Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!”
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- Michael Nordine
The Golden Globe awards are airing tonight on NBC, which in essence kicks off the annual awards season race celebrating the year's best movies. There is also another awards ceremony that hands out awards to the year's "worst" movies, the Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. the Razzies. While we'll likely have to wait a short while for the full nominations to be unveiled, the 2017 Razzies short list has been unveiled, and it seems that Warner Bros.' blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has found itself in almost every category.
The nominations short list was unveiled by a YouTube user dubbed "truthhopelove," who took a video showing an email he received which features the 2017 Razzie nominations short list. The email reveals that voting will close on January 16, although the nominations won't be released until a few days later. Traditionally, the Razzie nominations come one day before the Oscar nominations are announced, »
With awards season heating up, the shortlist for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards have been revealed, giving us a look at the nomination ballot paper for this year’s contenders for the very worst in cinematic achievement:
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- Gary Collinson
As we head into the thick of awards season, it’s time to celebrate all the incredible films that 2016 brought us. La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Deadpool and Arrival will no doubt find themselves on the lips of many moviegoers over the next few weeks, while talent like Amy Adams, Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Adam Driver and Denzel Washington, among others, will also start picking up some serious buzz.
But, as the best of the best start to take up most of the spotlight, there’s another another awards ceremony gearing up to get underway, and it’ll be celebrating very different types of movies and actors/actresses. We are, of course, referring to the Razzie Awards, which shine a light on the worst that the year had to offer. From the biggest losers to performances that were so dull you couldn’t stand to watch them, »
- Josh Wilding
The titles listed below are on the nomination ballot of the Razzies. This ballot has been sent out to the voting membership who will then vote to select 5 nominees per category. This year's final nominations will be announced on January 23rd, a day before the Oscar nominations. Last year's big "winners" were Josh Tranks' Fantastic Four and Sam Taylor Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey. Below is the shortlist for movies produced in 2016. Go through the shortlist and let us know in the comments section who do you think should make the final nomination list? Worst Prequel, Remake, Ripoff Or Sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Blair Witch The Divergent Series: Allegiant Fifty Shades of Black (rip-off of Fifty Shades of Grey) Independence Day: Resurgence The Legend of Tarzan London Has Fallen My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Ride Along 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »
Sony Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” enjoyed a second week at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Jan. 1.
The Western remake had debuted the previous week as the top title on both the overall sales chart and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
However, in the week-after-Christmas sales period, Warner’s “Suicide Squad” took over the top spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, pushing “Magnificent Seven” to No. 2. The superhero adventure was No. 2 overall in its third week on shelves.
Rounding out the top five were Universal Pictures’ “The Secret Life of Pets” at No. 3 on both charts, Warner’s “Sully” at No. 4 (No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart) and Warner’s “Storks” at No. 5 (No. 4 Blu-ray).
The top new releases for the week were the Sony Pictures thriller “When the Bough Breaks” at No. »
- John Latchem
Rome – Box office in Italy dropped 6% in 2016 to 618 million euros ($648 million) despite a slew of strong local titles, especially smash hit “Quo Vado?”, which single-handedly accounted for more than 10% of the year’s total haul.
Ticket sales were down 3% to 99.4 million, just under the 100 million admissions benchmark below which the year is considered a negative one. The figures were released Thursday by comScore.
Homegrown films, and not just “Quo Vado” (pictured), proved crucial to luring Italians into movie theaters. But U.S. movies still nabbed 17 out of the top 20 spots on Italy’s 2016 box office chart.
“Vado,” which stars local sensation Checco Zalone as a Southern Italian slacker hellbent on holding on to his parasitic government job, hit a national nerve amid rising unemployment. The timely comedy pulverized all records for an Italian movie at local turnstiles, making 65 million euros ($68 million),
The No. 2 title of 2016 was also locally produced: “Perfect »
- Nick Vivarelli
Author: Jon Lyus
Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi Arrival surprised many last year and looks set for awards glory in February. It was voted the Best Film of 2016 by the online film writers community in our poll at the end of last year and made many of our top ten lists. Today we have a better look at some of the less visible artistry that went into making the film the spectacle it was.
The Quebec-based VFX house Oblique FX have been adding their touch of magic to recent projects such as this impeccable work on Villeneuve’s previous film Sicario. Their latest work, as seen in the full video below, gives an idea of the seamless integration of their VFX into the raw footage shot by the director. One notable aspect mentioned on the Reddit forums this was posted to today is the fact that the fog in the »
- Jon Lyus
Superhero movies dominate list of illegal downloads as box-office takings for Warcraft and Independence Day: Resurgence are dented
Foulmouthed, pansexual, and highly meta, Deadpool might be the outlier in superhero terms, but he is also the star of the most pirated movie of 2016, according to figures compiled by filesharing news site TorrentFreak.
According to the site, precise figures are not available because, in the current reporting environment, it is more challenging to monitor downloads. But it says its estimates are based on several sources, including public BitTorrent trackers.
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- Andrew Pulver
Deadpool was the most pirated film of 2016 worldwide, according to piracy publication TorrentFreak.
The Ryan Reynolds superhero movie leads the publication’s annual list of illegally downloaded movies, with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens also making the top 10.
The full list is below:
DeadpoolBatman v Superman: Dawn Of JusticeCaptain America: Civil WarStar Wars: The Force AwakensX-Men: ApocalypseWarcraftIndependence Day: ResurgenceSuicide SquadFinding DoryThe Revenant
TorrentFreak have been analysing piracy data for several years and acknowledge there is a close relationship between box office performance and piracy. Deadpool grossed $783m worldwide.
However Warcraft and Independence Day: Resurgence bucked the trend, underperforming at the box office but attracting millions of illegal downloads.
The data is based on BitTorrent downloads and is compiled from several sources, including download statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers. »
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
“Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.
Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.
The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones »
- Brent Lang
19 items from 2017
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