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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
Fresh out of Nyu, filmmaker Nanfu Wang spent the summer of 2013 with maverick Chinese women’s right activist, Ye Haiyan (aka “Hooligan Sparrow”) as she protested and called attention to a child rapist who evaded sexual assault charges by claiming he had hired the young women for sex (in China it is common for rapists to hide behind far weaker prostitution laws).
Wang soon became part of Sparrow’s small group of activists travelling the country, being harassed by authorities and putting their lives put in danger. Wang eventually got out of China with her footage, framing up her riveting documentary, which premiered as “Hooligan Sparrow” at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Wang, who like Haiyan, grew up in rural China and had to leave school at early age to support her family, told IndieWire’s »
- Chris O'Falt
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I'm a proud voting member, has revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" led the pack with 7 nods followed by Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" with 6. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 26.
Complete List Of Galeca 2016/17 Dorian Awards Nominees:
Note: Categories with more than five nominees involved a tie)
Film of the Year
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
20th Century Women (A24)
Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Film Performance of the Year . Actress
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)
For the second year in a row, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) have rallied around an obvious favorite: “Moonlight.” Last year, Todd Haynes’s “Carol” swept Galeca’s Dorian Awards, and from its prominence amongst the nominees announced today, “Moonlight” will likely do the same.
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Not restricted to films with explicit queer themes, the films nominated for film of the year are “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land, “20th Century Women,” and “Moonlight.” The nominees for Lgbtq Film of the Year are “Being 17,” “Closet Monster,” “Moonlight,” “Other People,” and “The Handmaiden.”
Judging by its very strong Oscar chances, the enthusiasm for “Moonlight” has overshadowed all other worthy queer films. “The Handmaiden” was notably absent from the Oscar short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and the other three Dorian nominees are not in contention at all. »
- Jude Dry
Despite all the editorials and the speeches and the handwringing, things aren’t getting better for women in Hollywood. They’re getting worse.
Women comprised just 7 percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016, a decline of two percentage points from the level achieved in 2015 and in 1998, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The results come after two years of debate about the lack of opportunities for women and minorities to rise up through the studio system. It’s a conversation that has drawn the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Chastain, and other stars, all of whom have publicly decried the lack of pay equity for women and the dearth of female filmmakers.
The report also hits as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Eeoc) continues to investigate »
- Brent Lang
One of the few production companies in which their name alone can attract attention — even more impressive considering they are less than five years old — A24 had one of their best years yet. While 2016 brought The Witch, Krisha, Green Room, The Lobster, De Palma, Morris From America, American Honey, Moonlight, and 20th Century Women, 2017 will see the release of the highly-anticipated How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Lean on Pete, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, A Ghost Story, and It Comes at Night, among others.
We can now add another to the list, but only as Untitled. This morning, A24 uploaded a teaser for a secretive sci-fi film (in fact, we’re not even sure if it’s a film) with no recognizable actors. The preview includes text displaying Beyond Reality, Realize Feeling, Feel Bare, Bear Witness, Witness Change, Change Identity, Identity Questions, Question Life, and Live Beyond »
- Jordan Raup
With the Golden Globes out of the way, and the Oscar noms coming up, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites. The nominations for the 70th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top film is La La Land, with a grand total of 11 nominations, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals scoring nine nominations each. The BAFTAs have a large set of categories similar to the Oscars, and they always feature some very unique picks among the nominees. This year's Best Film line-up: Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Five great films. Here's the complete list of nominations for this year's 70th Annual BAFTAs (via BAFTA.org): Best Film Arrival I, Daniel Blake La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Outstanding British Film American Honey Denial Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I, »
- Alex Billington
The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars, and although the awards are given overseas, they still factor into the American awards race.
Yet again, we see the same three films having a strong presence here: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. However, BAFTA is also spreading the love to other awards favourites like Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and Lion.
Some interesting omissions here include Denzel Washington for Fences. His co-star Viola Davis is nominated in the supporting category, but it looks as though BAFTA went for other potential Oscar contenders Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic. They're also the first major awards body to nominate Jake Gyllenhaal's leading performance in Nocturnal Animals.
The British film and Palm D'Or winner I, »
- Adriana Floridia
With little over a month to go until the big night, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has unveiled the 2017 BAFTA nominations, and it’s Damien Chazelle’s La La Land that leads the charge.
Following its historic turn at last weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony – Chazelle’s old-timey musical walked away with seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor/Actress gongs for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – La La Land continues its strong run in this year’s awards season with BAFTA nominations in all of the major categories.
For Best Film, it’ll be competing against Arrival, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight – three formidable and worthy opponents that have collected scores of nominations between them – along with I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s profound and perceptive portrayal of unemployment and its subsequent stigma in northerly England. By and large, the official BAFTA »
- Michael Briers
Silence and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk among shutouts; #Baftassowhite a non-starter.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominations‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations
One day after setting a record for most wins at the Golden Globes, La La Land continued its fine awards season by claiming 11 Bafta nominations, the joint-most since The Artist scored 12 nominations five years ago.
As predicted, Damien Chazelle’s throwback musical-romance scored nominations in most leading categories including best film, director, actor, actress, original screenplay and cinematography.
Lionsgate will now make the feel-good musical its widest ever UK release this weekend (603 screens), pushing it out on more screens than its flagship franchise The Hunger Games.
La La Land has been on a high since it wowed audiences at Venice in September and with Ampas voting set to end on Friday it is tightening its grip on »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)
2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)
get all reviews since 1997 here
recent releases American Honey Best and Most Beautiful Things The Birth of a Nation Chi-Raq Deepwater Horizon Department Q trilogy: The Absent One Department Q trilogy: A Conspiracy of Faith Department Q trilogy: The Keeper of Lost Causes The Dressmaker The Girl on the Train Girls Lost (Pojkarna) The Great Gilly Hopkins The Intervention Little Men »
- MaryAnn Johanson
La La Land received 11 nominations, including Lead Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Fresh from sweeping the board at the Golden Globes, La La Land is leading the charge in this year's BAFTA nominations with 11 nods.
The musical, directed by Damien Chazelle won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes on Sunday and is out in the UK this Friday (January 13).
The Outstanding British film award category will see established names Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) and Andrea Arnold (American Honey) vie against first-time feature directors Pete Middleton and James Spinney (Notes On Blindness) and Babak Anvari (Under The Shadow), with David Yates' blockbuster Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Mick Jackson's Holocaust drama Denial rounding out the category.
Here is the full list »
- Amber Wilkinson
It has become a convention for awards commentators to revert instantly to snub-complaint mode, but the almost complete no-show for Andrea Arnold’s American Honey on this year’s Bafta nomination list is a disappointment.
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- Peter Bradshaw
There was a time, way back in the mists of the 20th century, when you wouldn’t have looked to the BAFTAs to confirm any predictions you had about the upcoming Academy Awards — not least because they took place comfortably after the Oscars, happily marching to their own beat not just in terms of scheduling, but voting too. Those were days when “Jean de Florette” and “The Commitments” won Best Picture, while Wim Wenders could sneak in a Best Director win for “Paris, Texas.”
They’re also very much over: Since 2001, when BAFTA jumped back to precede the Academy’s shindig, they’ve embraced their Oscar precursor status, gravitating almost exclusively around films and artists with awards buzz echoing from across the Atlantic, and giving mostly short shrift to Britain’s own independent cinema.
This morning’s BAFTA nominations see them largely stick to that system, albeit with some key »
- Guy Lodge
Arrival helped eOne top the overall list, while Lionsgate was bouyed by La La Land.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers
Entertainment One (eOne), the UK’s leading indie at the box office in 2016, has topped the list of distributors nominated for Bafta film awards this year with 20 nods, a company record.
The company also received five nods for Mel Gibson’s [link »
Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmersLion
Dev Patel (actor): “Thank you so much to the BAFTA’s for your support. Ever since I was a kid growing up outside of London, I’ve watched the Bafta awards with my family. It was a tradition of ours and served as an inspiration to me as I decided to embark on my journey as an actor. Since Lion is a film about identity and finding “home,” this Bafta nomination today truly means so much to me.
“I’m thrilled for Nicole Kidman, Luke Davies, Greig and the composers for their respective nominations. I am beyond grateful to Garth Davis, our fearless and soulful director who brought this film to life in such »
Four years after working together on “For Ellen,” So Yong Kim and Jena Malone reunited for the indie filmmaker’s latest drama “Lovesong,” a tale about two friends whose relationship deepens while on a trip of self-discovery. The film’s first trailer has been released, courtesy of Strand Releasing.
The movie follows Sarah, portrayed by Riley Keough, a woman neglected by her husband who goes on an impromptu road trip with her younger daughter and best friend, Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the friends become physically intimate until Mindy leaves abruptly. After three years of not speaking to each other, the two try to reconnect in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman, Ryan Eggold and Rosanna Arquette co-star.
Co-written by Kim and Bradley Rust Gray, the feature made »
- Liz Calvario
While Sundance Film Festival 2017 is right around the corner, there’s still a handful of favorites from last year’s festival awaiting a release. One of the most acclaimed is So Yong Kim’s tender drama Lovesong, recently named one of the 50 best films from 2017 we’ve already seen. Starring Jena Malone (The Neon Demon) and Riley Keough (American Honey) as friends who reunite years later, Strand Releasing has now debuted the first trailer, which features a quote from our Sundance review.
We said in our review, “Tender and haunting, So Yong Kim’s Lovesong is a carefully observed, nuanced character study beautifully written, directed and edited. Much of the action, like in her pervious features In Between Days, Treeless Mountain and For Ellen occurs at the edge of the frame. Exploring the bounds of motherhood, childhood and maturity, Lovesong is an impressive and observant feature in which Kim allows »
- Jordan Raup
Dare I say 2016 feels like a throwback to the stellar work of great auteurs doing their thing in the ’70s without fear of never working in the industry again? We have the science fiction, horror, and western genres all finding their way into awards conversation, and the best dramas have proven themselves to be both timeless in emotion and wholly contemporary when contextualized against our world’s state of political flux. Cinema has not only found a way to resonate in an inclusive manner; it’s also transcended surface appearances to start conversations we desperately need.
To my mind, there are six four-star films on this list, along with more than a few that could easily add a half-star to equal them. My inability to include La La Land, American Honey, and Captain Fantastic only proves that talk of 2016 being sub-par is completely unfounded. Once I catch-up to some foreign favorites (e. »
- Jared Mobarak
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One of the big sensations of the Cannes Film Festival, “American Honey” enters the new year with six Independent Spirit Award nominations. Nominees include director Andrea Arnold and actors Sasha Lane, Shia Labeouf and Riley Keough, while the film is going up against favorites like “Moonlight” in the Best Picture race. It recently swept the British Indie Film Awards last month, winning Best Picture and Best Director. With the coming-of-age odyssey now On Demand, it’s the perfect time to see what all the critical acclaim is about.
The breakout Lane plays Star, a lonely 18-year-old whose lifeless existence is rattled after she joins a traveling magazine sales crew. While journeying across the Midwest, Star falls for top earner Jake (Labeouf) against the rules of supervisor Krystal (Riley Keough), and soon learns the »
- Zack Sharf
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