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Our 22 Favorite Movies Directed by Women in 2016Looking to support great female-directed films? Start here.
Over the years, we’ve heard from our readers that one of the most important things we can do is to help you discover movies that may have slipped by mainstream audiences. And often just as important, our readers ask that we highlight voices that are in the minority in Hollywood. While we’re known for not taking ourselves very seriously, we take this part of our work seriously. Because as many studies have shown, there are some voices that aren’t as well-represented as others. Them’s the facts.
Beyond that, our team has a passion for seeking out and celebrating films directed by women. This is where we often find, as you’re about to see in this list, some of the most unique and interesting stories in the whole of cinema. Another thing we hear often from readers is »
- Film School Rejects
Director: Kelly Reichardt
With a little luck, we’ll see two adaptations of titles by novelist Patrick DeWitt, one being the English language debut of Jacques Audiard with The Sisters Brothers, and the other the recently announced Undermajordomo Minor from Kelly Reichardt (adapting with the help of DeWitt), a tidbit dropped during her marketing rounds for 2016’s Certain Women, which has become the director’s biggest hit to date both critically and commercially (she recently score an Indie Spirit nod for Best Director).
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- Nicholas Bell
Only in America: The O.J. Simpson saga [See previous post: Isabelle Huppert & Moonlight among Nsfc winners.] The National Society of Film Critics' Best Non-Fiction Film was Ezra Edelman's five-part Espn Films documentary O.J.: Made in America, about the trials (there were two) and tribulations of disgraced all-American football player and sometime movie actor O.J. Simpson (The Towering Inferno, The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad!). In 1994, Simpson was accused of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood. The ensuing trial became one of the ugliest – and most popular – all-American circuses of the second half of the 20th century. With the assistance of a high-profile defense team, Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but at a follow-up civil trial he was found liable for Brown Simpson's and Goldman's wrongful deaths. Years later, in 2008, he would be convicted of and imprisoned for several felonies unrelated to the 1994 murders. »
- Mont. Steve
2016 wasn’t a banner year. Say what you will, even outside the realm of politics, 2016 was a profoundly troubling year that will go down in the history books as a turning point on a global scale. We lost many a legend, and nations are growing more and more divisively divided. However, despite this seemingly ever-expanding divide between not only cultures but sub-cultures therein, the world of film saw numerous films that will forever alter the language with which filmmakers speak to one another and their audiences. Be it profound documentaries about forgotten sub-societies or nuanced and empathetic dramas offering glimpses into underrepresented groups in today’s world, 2016 is one of the great film years of this decade, and these are the top ten films that I can’t stop myself from talking or thinking about.
Starting off this list is one of the truly great documentaries, »
- Joshua Brunsting
While the Sundance Film Festival 2017 doesn’t quite have the auteur-driven major premieres such as Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women last year, near the top of our most-anticipated films is Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name. Ahead of the premiere later this month, it’s now been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for around $6 million, according to THR.
An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy who begins a romance with his father’s house guest. Taking the role of the boy is Interstellar star Timothée Chalamet while Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) plays his father and Armie Hammer takes the role of the house guest. It’s also been revealed that Sufjan Stevens, whose last album Carrie & Lowell was one of 2015’s best, has written and performed original songs for the film. »
- Jordan Raup
2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »
- Mont. Steve
Adding to its list of accolades, “Moonlight” has been named the Best Picture of 2016 by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7.
Directed by Barry Jenkins (who also won the Best Director honor), the movie explores the life of a young man’s struggles, told across three defining chapters of his life, as he grapples with his sexuality and broken family. Mahershala Ali, who portrays Juan in the film, also received the award for Best Supporting Actor.
Read More: La Film Critics Association Names ‘Moonlight’ Best Film of 2016
Isabelle Huppert received the Best Actress award for her roles in “Elle” and “Things to Come,” runner-ups included Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) and Sandra Huller (“Toni Erdmann”). The Best Actor prize went to “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck, with Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as runner-ups.
Marking the 51st annual meeting of the National Society of Film Critics, »
- Liz Calvario
“Moonlight,” the coming-of-age story of a gay black boy named Chiron living in Miami, was named the best picture winner by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.
In the acting categories, “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck took the award for best actor, while Isabelle Huppert won the actress prize for her performances in both “Elle” and “Things to Come.” Affleck’s “Manchester” co-star Michelle Williams scored the prize for supporting actress, and “Moonlight” standout Mahershala Ali nabbed the award for supporting actor.
This year the group had 38 people vote from around the country. »
- Variety Staff
The Society held its 51st annual awards vote at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society Of Lincoln Center in New York.
The weighted voting system produced mostly runaway winners, although there were ties for second and third place in the lead actress and foreign-language categories.
Fifty-four members were eligible to vote and to qualify, entries must have opened in the Us during 2016.
Full Winners At National Society Of Film Critics 51st Annual »
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Oscar nominee Laura Dern, last competing for her role as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, had a productive and politically charged 2016, finding roles in Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women and John Lee Hancock’s Ray Kroc biopic, The Founder. In Reichardt’s film, Dern portrays a beat down, small town lawyer confronting masculine insanity, arrogance and neglect; in Hancock’s, she faces off against Michael Keaton’s Kroc, one of the most famous and… »
Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, a colleague was gushing — as was pretty much everyone, this critic included — about Isabelle Huppert’s ice-cool, high-wire tour de force as a rape victim with a very unusual psychology in Paul Verhoeven’s comeback feature “Elle.”
“She should win the Oscar in a walk,” she asserted, before adding a predictable caveat. “Shame awards voters won’t touch that performance with a 50-foot-pole.”
Seven months later, my colleague might not be feeling so pessimistic. Despite being housed in a chilly, controversial, French-language film, Huppert has emerged as the surprise dark horse of the season so far, bulldozing through the major critics’ awards and landing a Golden Globe nomination.
Whether she scores her first-ever Oscar nomination in a competitive category remains to be seen, but she’s very much in the conversation. That’s unprecedented territory for Huppert, despite the Frenchwoman’s reputation »
- Guy Lodge
by John Guerin
I could not have predicted that in a movie starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams, a performance by relative newcomer Lily Gladstone would leave me the most affected. The best short film of 2016 is the third act of Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, in which Jamie (Gladstone), a solitary Montana rancher, falls for Beth, an out-of-town lawyer (Stewart), who is stuck teaching an educational law night class four-hours away from her home in Livingston. Stewart, unsurprisingly, adds another formidable performance to her collection of direct yet remote modern women, but the revelation here is Gladstone, who contributes a sensational breakthrough performance that deserves The Academy’s attention »
- John Guerin
The dominant conversation about film in 2016 was its impending end. Just about every sphere of the cinematic world from filmmakers to established critics to loudmouth pundits had a doomsday proclamation about film, conflating national anxiety and middling blockbusters with far-flung conclusions. With the year in the books, it’s pretty easy to disagree with them. And I say that even as I diverge with public opinion on some of the biggest films of the year – Jackie, La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, etc.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my favorite experiences with film this year were less my most-anticipated than the ones that defied easy description. They weren’t always my favorites but films like The Love Witch, Lemonade, Operation Avalanche, Kate Plays Christine, and Aferim! were welcome reminders of the myriad ways that film could feel strange and new – and in »
- Michael Snydel
Moonlight, the beautifully shot study of a gay black teenager’s struggle with his sexuality won awards for its director for Barry Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton, as well as picking up best supporting actor nod for Mahershala Ali. Grief-stricken drama Manchester by the Sea took acting awards for Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams (whose role in Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women was also named), and best screenplay for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
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- Andrew Pulver
And the winners are…
Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Film Not in the English Language: The Handmaiden – South Korea
Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America
The Online Film Critics Society — of which I am a member — has announced the nominees for its 2016 awards. Links here go to my reviews, with reviews to come for most if not all those I haven’t yet reviewed. Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 3rd.
And the nominees are:
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- MaryAnn Johanson
“Critics don’t vote for Oscars” may be a good mantra to maintain when sizing up the race, but the aggregate opinions of the various regional groups can nevertheless be instructive. Looking back over recent Academy Awards history, the collective critical assessment — with organizations hailing from New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin, London, Dublin, and all points in between — has often pointed to a consensus.
For example, “The Hurt Locker,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave” took the lion’s share of critics’ best-picture kudos in unpredictable years, then went on to win the Oscar. This year, it’s a two-horse race.
Excluding the National Board of Review, which is not a critics’ group, “Moonlight” maintains an edge over “La La Land.” Barry Jenkins’ intimate drama has scored 15 prizes for best film, vs. 13 for Damien Chazelle’s musical.
- Kristopher Tapley
Ignore any suggestion that 2016 was not a fantastic year for cinema. Moments linger (the campfire dance in American Honey, the final encounter in Certain Women, the Tracy Letts–Logan Lerman debate in Indignation, the first ten minutes of High-Rise, both “Camelot”-soundtracked sequences in Jackie, any scene that featured Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash) and performances resonate (everyone in Moonlight, Emma Stone in La La Land, Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters).
Choosing ten favorites and five honorable mentions is nasty business; I wish I could have included Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, a ridiculously underrated film that does not deserve to be remembered as a flop. But it just missed the cut. (Also, I was unable to see Silence in time for end-of-year consideration.) What these fifteen films have in common is the ability to surprise, confound, and delight in equal measure. Let’s see 2017 top that.
- Christopher Schobert
17 items from 2017
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