2016 London Film Festival (LFF), Oct 5-16

by allthumbs | created - 02 Sep 2016 | updated - 11 Apr 2017 | Public

SEP 1: Here are some films of note scheduled for the London Film Festival, Oct 5-16, 2016 (60th edition). I usually use Time Out-London's preview, but their format recently underwent a makeover, and they may not have any preview of film showings. Meanwhile, I'll just use other internet sources for any listings here. The LFF is quite extensive. In 2016 193 fictional and 52 documentaries are scheduled. So my review will be somewhat short, but will highlight the best of what's being shown. BTW, there are 12 films entered in The Official Competition (Best Picture) category. They are (Director, TITLE): Martin Koolhoven, BRIMSTONE; Kelly Reichardt, CERTAIN WOMEN; Mohamed Diab, CLASH; Paul Verhoeven, ELLE; Francois Ozon, FRANZ; Ivan Sen, GOLDSTONE; Miijke de Jong, LAYLA M.; Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT; Pablo Larrine, NERUDA; Terence Davies, A QUIET PASSION; Benedict Andrews, UNA; Makoto Shinkai, YOUR NAME. There are also competitions for First Film, Documentary, and Short Film. To start off the list here are 9 pics that excited Metro.co.uk on Sep 1...... SEP 2: I had given up hope about Time Out-London, but lo and behold, TO published their list of 30 films you gotta see on Sep 2. That list includes #'s 1, 5, 6 & 7 from Metro and 26 others. (Still no mention of The Handmaiden, a Korean flik, though). So #'s 10-35 are from TO-London......Sep 3. I found a few lists of "gotta see" movies at the LFF. Mostly those lists rename fliks already mentioned, but each one is just a little bit different and add something to this list. At some point I'll stop adding fliks to this list, otherwise it will just be a relisting of the entire roster of films at the LFF. The Handmaiden (the Korean pic) finally gets a mention from Methods Unsound. CultureTrip.com added #36, and renamed 9 others, #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, & 34. MethodsUnsound.com added 7, #'s 37-43, and renamed 9, #'s 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 18, 20, 21, & 33......Sep 11. The Evening Standard named 20 movies to their list of "must sees." They repeated 15 movies: #'s 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, & 33. They had 5 additions: #'s 44-48......Oct 27. One of the Best Pic nominees gets a lot of love, MOONLIGHT. I've added it at #49. Nary a recommendation from the sources used here. BTW, Certain Women was The Official Competition (Best Pic) winner.

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1. A United Kingdom (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 10,325 | Gross: $3.90M

D: Amma Asante. The black ruler of African Botswana (at the time it was a colony called Bechuanaland) weds a white woman who's an office worker in London in the late 1940's. Fierce opposition ensues.

2. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 159,433 | Gross: $51.69M

aka Saroo. D: Garth Davis. (IMDb keeps changing the name back and forth from SAROO to LION and back again). A 5 yr old boy becomes lost in Calcutta, India and winds up adopted by an Austrailian couple. 25 yrs later and using Google Earth he searches for his biological parents. btw, Saroo is the last name of the author of the memoir (the boy who later becomes the seeker) which is the source for this movie.

3. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 27,149 | Gross: $0.66M

D: Andea Arnold. A group of young people canvas the American Midwest selling magazines. They also party, fall in and out of love and try to find themselves. 2016 Cannes FF Grand Jury prizewinner.

4. A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

76 Metascore

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell

Votes: 61,508 | Gross: $3.73M

D: J. A. Bayona. While his mother battles with terminal cancer, a young boy has nightmares and is visited at night by a monster. Bring Kleenex!

5. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 372,866 | Gross: $151.10M

D: Damien Chazelle. A jazz pianist and a budding actress fall in love. Hey it's a musical, and like Los Angeles in fairy tales, all is supposed to become reality. (40's Film Noir tells us different.) Highest rated LFF flick (8.7) by IMDb raters as of 10.21.16.

6. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner receives a draft of her ex-husband's new novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 177,319 | Gross: $10.64M

D: Tom Ford. An art gallery owner thinks her dead husband's novel is a veiled tale of revenge.

7. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 448,972 | Gross: $100.55M

D: Denis Villeneuve. Sci-Fi. A woman tries to find a way to greet aliens as they proceed to earth. Is it "Contact"-Light? From the director of Sicario and the new Blade Runner.

8. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 8,598 | Gross: $1.03M

D: Kelly Reichhardt. Three trailblazing women try to make their way in modern day Montana, and then their lives intersect. Winner of The Official Competition (Best Pic) award at the LFF. Only gets a 6.5 rating at IMDb as of 10.21.16.

9. Brimstone (2016)

R | 148 min | Action, Thriller, Western

45 Metascore

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Paul Anderson, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington

Votes: 24,602

D: Martin Koolhoven. A mute midwife in the west hears the accented voice of the man she's long tried to escape.

10. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 48,600

D: Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert gets her revenge on a rapist by pursuing him outside the law.

11. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 16,781

D: Ava DuVerney. A close look at the disproportionate imprisonment of black men in America. From the director of Selma (2014). The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. Remember: the 13th Amendment freed the slaves; the 14th made them citizens; the 15th gave them the right to vote.

12. Una (2016)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

Director: Benedict Andrews | Stars: Ruby Stokes, Rooney Mara, David Shields, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 6,395

D: Benedict Andrews. Based on the 2005 play "Blackbird." A 27 year old woman confronts her abuser, who's now age 55, from 15 years ago. Recently revived for the Broadway stage.

13. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 104,346 | Gross: $21.59M

D: Oliver Stone. Stone's fictional take on leaker Edward Snowden. If you give half a hoot about Edward Snowden, then Stone's sure to make you scream. Then again, maybe Stone takes Snowden's side.

14. Prevenge (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Director: Alice Lowe | Stars: Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Tom Davis

Votes: 4,693

D: Alice Lowe. Lowe stars as a 7 month pregnant woman and then she goes on a killing spree. The director/star was really 7 months pregnant at the time! (But she didn't go on a killing spree.)

15. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 9,508 | Gross: $0.59M

D: Werner Herzog. Can your dishwasher fall in love with your refrigerator? Herzog looks at the tech age and the internet.

16. Nocturama (2016)

130 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before to take shelter for a night in a shopping center.

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.03M

D: Bertrand Bonello. A group of young people commit terrorist acts in France. Now they wait for the aftermath. The movie was prescient in light of recent developments.

17. Frantz (2016)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

Votes: 8,877 | Gross: $0.88M

D: Francois Ozon. WWI drama. A German woman grieves for her dead fiance. Then, she sees a French soldier laying flowers on his grave. What gives?

18. Free Fire (2016)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy

Votes: 30,675 | Gross: $1.80M

D: Ben Wheatley. Brie Larson is the go-between in an arms deal that goes terribly wrong. Set in the US, but filmed in England.

19. Safari (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Ulrich Seidls follow wealthy tourists going on safari to kill often endangered species. Some determinedly searching for trophies, others to enjoy. Even if every prey comes at a price., they... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl

Votes: 651

aka Safari. D: Ulrich Seidl. A bad behavior special from an Austrian provocateur, Ulrich Seidl. How to act (up) while on an African safari is the subject this time. It's time for Siedl's version of Cecil the Lion.

20. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 17,051 | Gross: $15.86M

D: Nate Parker. The story of Nat Turner and the slave rebellion of 1831. A Sundance favorite with fans. Later, the director's own history was revealed. That revelation gave pause to enthusiasts and newbies to the flik. Don't get your Nate's and Nat's mixed-up!

21. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 34,104 | Gross: $1.48M

D: Maren Ade. A woman tries to endure corporate drudgery. Her dad and his alter ego, Toni Erdmann, help her.

22. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Directors: Claude Barras, Michael Sinterniklaas | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 13,600 | Gross: $0.29M

aka My Life as a Courgette. D: Claude Barras. Stop-animation tells the story of a group of kids who come to enjoy life and each other despite their upbringing in the residential social care system.

23. Aquarius (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 13,952 | Gross: $0.29M

D: Kleber Mendonca Filho. A music critic refuses to sell her beachfront property to developers. She must endure rejection and scorn from friends, family and neighbors.

24. Mascots (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

A look into the world of competitive mascots.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Zach Woods, Wayne Wilderson, Sarah Baker, Michael Hitchcock

Votes: 5,548

D: Christopher Guest. It's a Guest mockumentary that looks at the world of competitive mascots.

25. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 8,929 | Gross: $0.18M

aka Bacalaureat D: Cristian Mungiu. In Romania, a man's daughter is raped just prior to her graduation. As he seeks justice, his principles are continually compromised. Finally, a wrong is done to justify a right. Who's to blame?

26. Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

68 Metascore

An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi

Votes: 2,740

D: Terrence Malick. Full title: Voyage of Time: Life's Journey. (Oops, IMDb just adjusted the title) Malick changes gears and does a documentary. It's about the birth of planet Earth and the progression of life.

27. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Votes: 3,097

D: Cristi Puliu. A family gathers to mark the passing of the patriarch. As film goers watch this talky flik, the director questions realism and how it's presented. How did this foreign pic get such an American title?

28. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 7,149 | Gross: $0.94M

D: Pablo Larrain. Neruda is a poet/politician in 40's Chile. This is his strory, but don't count on a biopic. The director has craft, atmosphere and surprises in his arsenal.

29. The Student (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Contemporary Russia. A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov | Stars: Pyotr Skvortsov, Viktoriya Isakova, Yuliya Aug, Aleksandr Gorchilin

Votes: 3,112 | Gross: $0.00M

aka (M)uchenik, but now as The Student. IMDb switches back and forth. D: Kirill Serebrennikov. A student is obsessed with the bible, quotes it (and the quote is flashed on the screen) and gains influence with his school, a lot of influence. (Too much influence?) A science teacher decides to confront him. The film is a commentary on modern religious influence in Russia.

30. Christine (I) (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 9,539 | Gross: $0.30M

D: Antonio Campos. This is a docudrama of the real life on-air suicide of Christine Chubbuck in 1974. This incident did NOT inspire the soon to be made Network in 1976.

31. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 25,088 | Gross: $1.31M

D: Olivier Assayas. 2016 Best Director Award at Cannes FF. Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria, also dir by Assayas in 2014) is a shopper for Kyra who's a spendthrift. Stewart's Maureen is also a part-time spiritual medium and tries to contact her (Maureen's) twin brother who died of congenital heart disease.

32. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Votes: 116,720 | Gross: $45.70M

D: Woody Allen. Yup, a refurb job on the film itself gets this chestnut a re-release at the LFF. Woody is a TV writer in a shaky relationship with Mariel Hemmingway. Beyond this storyline is a tribute to The City, Gordon Willis' B&W photography and George Gershwin's music. A great oldie pick.

33. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 187,959 | Gross: $47.70M

D: Kenneth Lonergan. Casey Affleck, a caretaker, is appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew. It's long (2h.15m). It's complex. But is it compelling? So far, IMDb raters say yes...early Oscar talk about this one.

34. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 11,033 | Gross: $8.81M

D: Mira Nair. The true life story of chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi who overcame a poor upbringing in Uganda to become an international champion.

35. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 3,434 | Gross: $0.17M

D: Jon Nguyen & Olivia Neergaard-Holm. 20 interviews conducted over 4 years are distilled and put into a doc narrated by Lynch.

36. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 15,619

D: Xavier Dolan. A man struggles to tell his family he's HIV positive. The Grand Prix winner at Cannes. (Palme d'Or is the top prize at Cannes.)

37. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton

Votes: 60,873

D: Andre Ovredal. Two medical examiners, who happen to be father and son, find mutually exclusive possibilities in their examination of a corpse. Have your tummy ready for this one!

38. Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 60,695 | Gross: $2.01M

D: Park Chan-Wook. A young Korean woman is hired as a handmaiden to an occupying Japanese heiress in 1930's Korea. The Korean plans to steal her employer blind. Instead, there's an emotional bond that develops.

39. Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa

Votes: 588 | Gross: $0.06M

D: Steven Okazaki. A look at the career of Tashiro Mifune with an emphasis on his films with director Akira Kurosawa.

40. Mindhorn (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

Director: Sean Foley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Steve Coogan

Votes: 7,876

D: Sean Foley. A has been actor of the '80's is called back to relive his heroic acting days with his character's bionic eye.

41. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 46,411 | Gross: $2.14M

D: Jim Jarmusch. His name is Paterson, he lives in Paterson, NJ and he's in a film called Paterson. Hey, it's Jim Jarmusch! Expect a contemplative story and unhurried pacing.

42. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 26,497 | Gross: $11.99M

D: Don Coscarelli. A 1979 scare-fest comes to The Festival. Be prepared with disposable undies.

43. Ten Years (2015)

104 min | Drama

Five short films set in Hong Kong in the year 2025.

Directors: Jevons Au, Zune Kwok, Chow Kwun-Wai, Ka-Leung Ng, Fei-Pang Wong | Stars: Peter Chan, Catherine Chau, Lau Ho-Chi, Kin-Ping Leung

Votes: 737

D: 5 short films with 5 different directors. The dystopian future of 2025 as seen by 5 directors. Some say it's a hit or miss effort.

44. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 7,377 | Gross: $2.65M

D: Spike Lee. Ancient Greece inspired Lee's morality play. The women of Chicago say "no more" sex unless the killings stop. Maybe the idea would work in the real world!

45. Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin (2016)

TV-14 | 130 min | Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba, Ryôko Fujino

Votes: 2,763

D: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Evil waits just below the surface for a typical Japanese family.

46. The Informer (1935)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama

In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame

Votes: 4,915

D: John Ford. Another oldie but goodie gets a showing at the LFF. In revolutionary Ireland, an IRA informer gets his payback. A resurrected nugget.

47. Wild (I) (2016)

97 min | Drama

An anarchist young woman breaks the tacit contract with civilization and fearlessly decides on a life without hypocrisy or an obligatory safety net.

Director: Nicolette Krebitz | Stars: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Nelson, Cossa

Votes: 1,046

D: Nicolette Krebitz. An unassuming woman has her inhibitions released when she captures a wild wolf and brings it to her home.

48. A Quiet Passion (2016)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen, Rose Williams, Benjamin Wainwright

Votes: 3,769 | Gross: $1.86M

D: Terence Davies. A bio-pic of the poet Emily Dickinson looks at her youth and then her later years, when she was still an unrecognized and undiscovered artist.