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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
Based on the bestselling novel by M. R. Carey and starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua, The Girl With All The Gifts is available to own on Digital Download now and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from January 23. To celebrate the release, we are offering three lucky winners the chance to win The Girl With All The Gifts on Blu-ray™, alongside a copy of the book, signed by Gemma Arterton and Sennia Nanua!
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, »
Lone Scherfig’s World War II romantic comedy “Their Finest” first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. It also showed during London Film Festival, and it is set to screen at Sundance later this month before closing the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 11 in advance of its theatrical release. Watch the trailer below.
Read More: ‘Their Finest’ Is A Feminist Rom-Com That Lets Down Its Ladies
“Their Finest” follows a female scriptwriter (Gemma Arterton) who is hired by the British Ministry of Information to change the female dialogue in the country’s propaganda films during World War II as a way to boost the country’s morale. Her work catches the attention of the very charming lead scriptwriter (Sam Claflin) and, although she is a married woman, they develop a growing attraction towards each other. They team up to make an epic feature about the Battle of »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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
Following its well-received screenings at Fantastic Fest in the fall of 2016, the zombie mayhem of The Girl with All the Gifts is teased in a trailer that features Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine searching for survival in a living dead landscape.
Lionsgate will release The Girl with All the Gifts in theaters and on VOD beginning February 24th. In case you missed it, check out Heather's Fantastic Fest review of the film.
"The near future: humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau »
- Derek Anderson
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
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 »
Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper presented this year’s nominations.Baftas 2017‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers
2017 nominationsBEST Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiOUTSTANDING British Filmamerican Honey Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van HoyDENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, [link »
Ahead of its North American release later this month, a Us new trailer has arrived online for director Colm McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Girl with All the Gifts. Based on the M.R. Carey’s novel of the same name, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, and Sennia Nanua; take a look below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our reviews for The Girl with all the Gifts here and here
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.
At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these »
- Amie Cranswick
Among IndieWire’s list of Netflix original series to be excited about this year is the period drama “Frontier,” starring Jason Momoa. Before he hits the big screen as Aquaman in “Justice League,” he’ll be seen as the merciless fur trader Declan Harp, a man driven by lust and revenge. Netflix has released the first trailer, check it out below.
The six-episode series is set in 1700s Canada, against a stunning raw backdrop and follows Declan, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade. “Frontier” is described as a “thrilling action-filled drama revolving around warring factions vying for control of the fur trade in a ruthless game of wealth and power.”
The trailer shows how the other men are out to get Declan, as he “only cares about his own game.”
“Killing him is not enough, we must make an example of him. We must make him suffer, »
- Liz Calvario
Over the past few years, moviegoers have clocked eyes on girls with dragon tattoos and unassuming girls riding along on trains, but in 2017, director Colm McCarthy will introduce The Girl With All the Gifts,
Otherwise known as Melanie, in McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Sennia Nanua’s gifted individual is at once our greatest threat and only hope. Forced to undergo a series of harrowing experiments at a military base in rural England, it’s here that Nanua’s youngster begins to display a handful of those special gifts, placing the likes of Miss Justineau and the gruff Sergeant Parks – Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, respectively – on red alert.
And though it may tout many of the tried-and-tested tropes of the zombie genre – the barren, bleak environments, the Messiah figure – The Girl With All the Gifts has been scoring positive reviews ahead of its bow later this month. M.R. Carey »
- Michael Briers
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of “The Girl with All the Gifts” is set to arrive in theaters next month. M.R. Carey wrote the screenplay based on his own post-apocalyptic novel, with Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close playing the three leads. Watch the trailer below.
Here’s the premise: “The near future: humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest.”
Read More: Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘The Girl With All the Gifts »
- Michael Nordine
The Girl with All the Gifts is one zombie/infected film to look out for. This title, based on M.R. Carey best selling novel, envisions a chaotic world, lived behind the walls. The fences and walls keep the zombie hordes at bay, or do they? Inside one bunker, an infected girl has the gift of speech, making her the most dangerous infected person ever. The Girl with All the Gifts has already released in the United Kingdom, in 2016. Now, the film is slated to reach the United States, via DirecTV and a few theatres. The film stars: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine. The film's Us trailer is hosted here. The Us trailer is slightly different from the UK one. In the UK version, the young character Melanie talks of her teacher and the monsters. Meanwhile, the Us trailer shows more of actress Glenn Close as Dr. Caroline Caldwell and a medical facility. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
One of the highlights of last year's festival film viewing was watching The Girl with All the Gifts stunning a sold out audience. The post-screening reaction was one of incredulity and chief among the things everyone seemed to agree on, besides the fact that this is by far the best zombie anything in some time, was that the movie's young starlet Sennia Nanua is down-right amazing.
Based on Mike Carey's best selling novel and directed by Colm McCarthy who has a long running resume of TV credits including a large number of genre offerings, Nanua stars as Melanie, a child infected with a virus that, at the smell of human blood, turns her into a zombie. The thing is, she's a sort of "next step" in the evolution of the zombie and Glenn Close plays a doctor who is trying to find a c [Continued ...] »
Six films and nearly 30 years later, Chucky is still going strong — so strong, in fact, that the “Child’s Play” movies aren’t even called that anymore. This year’s upcoming “Cult of Chucky” is the fourth consecutive film in the horror franchise to drop the original title entirely, and a new trailer for it works as a reminder of the killer doll’s murderous exploits. Watch it below.
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Brad Dourif once again voices the title character, a serial killer whose soul is trapped inside a doll; his homicidal tendencies survived the transition even if his body did not. Here’s the premise: “Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist »
- Michael Nordine
The children may have the cure to everything.
From Saban Films and Lionsgate, The Girl With All The Gifts is an emotional apocalyptic drama in which humanity seeks a cure for a zombie-like disease that ravages the world.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The near future: humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau (Arterton), Sergeant Parks (Considine), Dr. Caldwell (Close) and two other soldiers. »
- Gig Patta
Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska makes her directorial debut with “The Lure,” a bold musical-thriller mashup about man-eating mermaids. The film was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design. Now, EW has a shared a new Nsfw trailer for the movie, which introduces audiences to the sinister sirens, Golden (Michalina Olszańska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek).
Set in the ‘80s, the polish movie follows the two mermaids after they encounter a family of musicians and are recruited to join a band in a neon-lit Warsaw dance club. While they perform gigs at the nightclub, Silver falls in love with the guitarist Mietek (Jakub Gierszał) and Golden hungers for human prey.
Read More: Review: ‘The Lure’ Is The Best Goth Musical About Man-Eating Mermaids Ever Made
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it “the best »
- Liz Calvario
Before you die you see the ring. If you live long enough and/or like the movies enough, you’ll probably see “Rings” as well. The newest installment in the series, which started in Japan with 1998’s “Ring” before making its way across the Pacific with Naomi Watts, is finally due in theaters early next month after several delays. Avail yourself of the new trailer and poster below.
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Seemingly bearing no direct connection to either “The Ring” or “The Ring Two” and coming more than a decade later, this chapter in the horror franchise nevertheless boasts a familiar premise: “A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend »
- Michael Nordine
Why hello there, trailer for The Girl With All The Gifts, how you doin’? You know, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed an honest-to-goodness zombie flick and hot damn if this film doesn’t look like it could be the diamond in the rough that I’ve been waiting for. Directed by Colm McCarthy and based on the novel of the same name by Mike Carey, who also wrote the... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
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