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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

2016’s films ranked

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 U.K. without U.S. 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.

gagged smiley
my reaction under gag order for now

[none at the moment]

confused smiley
my reaction under consideration

[none at the moment]

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]
Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.06.17)
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 (11.20/11.25/02.10.17)
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)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
Moana (11.16/11.23/12.02)
The Invitation (10.05.15/04.08/direct to VOD)
Margarita with a Straw (10.19.14/05.20/TBA)
Christine (09.20/10.14/TBA)
Green Room (10.13.15/04.15/05.13)
Captain Fantastic (09.04/07.08/09.09)
Weiner (07.04/05.20/07.08)
Hell or High Water (08.18/08.12/09.09)
Moonlight (09.20/10.21/TBA)
American Honey (10.06/09.30/10.14)
Fences (11.28/12.15/02.10.17)
Manchester by the Sea (10.07/11.18/01.13.17)
20th Century Women (11.07/12.25/01.20.17)
Paterson (10.09/12.28/11.25)

[4.5 stars]
Captain America: Civil War (04.25/05.06/04.29)
A Good American (09.17/TBA/09.23)
Aquarius (10.28/10.14/TBA)
Midnight Special (03.03/03.18/04.18)
The Family Fang (05.10/05.06/TBA)
Speed Sisters (02.16/02.10.17/03.25)
Marguerite (03.29/03.11/03.18)
13th (10.06/10.07/10.07)
Kubo and the Two Strings (09.04/08.19/09.09)
Queen of Katwe (10.10/09.23/10.21)
The Divide (04.22/TBA/04.22)
10 Cloverfield Lane (03.15/03.11/03.18)
Under the Shadow (09.05/10.07/09.30)
Honeytrap (10.18.14/09.23/05.08.15)
The Jungle Book (04.05/04.15/04.15)
Snowden (10.12/09.16/TBA)
Sully (10.08/09.09/12.02)
Bad Moms (08.27/07.29/08.24)

[4 stars]
Star Trek Beyond (07.20/07.22/07.22)
The Dressmaker (11.17.15/09.23/11.20.15)
Lion (10.13/11.25/TBA)
Allied (11.17/11.23/11.25)
Deepwater Horizon (09.15/09.30/09.23)
Toni Erdmann (10.08/12.25/02.03.17)
We Are X (09.30/10.21/TBA)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) (11.30/11.18/11.30)
The Unknown Girl (12.02/TBA/12.02)
War Dogs (08.11/08.19/08.26)
Swallows and Amazons (08.06/TBA/08.19)
You’ve Been Trumped, Too (10.29/10.28/11.04)
The Shallows (08.09/06.24/08.12)
Don’t Breathe (09.15/08.26/09.09)
Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (07.22/07.22/10.28)
Tale of Tales (06.30/04.22/06.17)
Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (11.03/direct to DVD/11.04)
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (11.18/06.10/11.18)
Love and Friendship (05.27/05.13/05.27)
Wiener-Dog (06.30/06.24/08.12)
A Perfect Day (10.18.15/01.15/TBA)
Rams (Hrútar) (02.05/02.03/02.05)
Urban Hymn (08.01/TBA/09.30)
The Here After (Efterskalv) (02.15/TBA/03.11)
The Eagle Huntress (10.03/10.28/12.16)
Miles Ahead (03.30/04.01/04.22)
Parched (06.11/06.17/TBA)
Little Men (09.18/08.05/09.23)
Ghostbusters (07.11/07.15/07.11)
Sour Grapes (09.13/TBA/09.16)
Into the Forest (07.29/07.29/TBA)
The Secret Life of Pets (06.30/07.08/06.24)
Requiem for the American Dream (04.27/01.29/direct to VOD)
The Survivalist (04.19/TBA/02.12)
Sworn Virgin (10.17.15/04.22/TBA)
Miss Sharon Jones! (07.29/07.29/TBA)
Elstree 1976 (11.30/05.06/direct to VOD)
The Birth of a Nation (10.11/10.07/01.20.17)
Finding Altamira (09.12/09.16/TBA)
Sold (03.31/04.01/TBA)
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (06.11/06.17/direct to VOD)
Sausage Party (08.29/08.12/09.02)
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (08.24/08.26/direct to VOD)
Bad Hurt (02.11/02.12/direct to VOD)
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (88th Academy Awards) (01.30/01.29/02.05)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (88th Academy Awards) (01.28/01.29/02.05)
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (88th Academy Awards) (01.28/01.29/02.05)

[3.5 stars]
Before the Flood (10.14/10.21/direct to TV)
The Intervention (08.22/08.26/TBA)
The Purge: Election Year (08.16/07.01/08.26)
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (07.01/07.22/07.01)
The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (03.31/TBA/04.15)
The Uncondemned (11.07/10.21/TBA)
Blood Father (09.27/08.12/10.07)
Pete’s Dragon (07.28/08.12/08.12)
Jane Got a Gun (04.13/01.29/04.22)
Glassland (04.10.15/02.12/04.17.15)
Sing Street (05.04/04.15/05.20)
A War (Krigen) (12.01/02.12/01.08)
Time to Choose (06.03/06.03/direct to VOD)
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (04.14/06.17/08.22.14)
A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) (06.01/06.17/TBA)
The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) (04.14/06.17/04.08)
The Girl on the Train (10.05/10.07/10.05)
Holding the Man (04.26/TBA/06.03)
Starving the Beast (09.09/09.09/TBA)
Zoolander 2 (02.10/02.12/02.12)
The Wave (Bølgen) (10.14.15/03.04/08.12)
Hockney (09.22.14/04.22/11.28.14)
Oddball and the Penguins (01.31/TBA/02.12)
Black Mountain Poets (04.01/TBA/04.01)
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (08.02/07.08/08.10)
Finding Dory (11.12/06.17/07.29)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (10.02/10.07/TBA)
Boom Bust Boom (03.18.15/03.11/03.23)
Nanny Culture (11.23/TBA/10.14)
The Syndrome (04.18/04.15/TBA)
The Brainwashing of My Dad (03.18/03.18/TBA)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (09.07/09.16/09.15)
Michael Moore in TrumpLand (10.29/10.21/direct to VOD)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

[3 stars]
Elle (10.11/11.11/02.24.17)
Jason Bourne (07.21/07.29/07.27)
Money Monster (05.27/05.13/05.27)
Our Kind of Traitor (05.13/07.01/05.13)
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (11.28/08.19/10.28)
Hail, Caesar! (02.17/02.05/03.04)
Julieta (08.27/12.21/08.26)
Florence Foster Jenkins (04.25/08.12/05.06)
Tickled (08.15/06.17/08.19)
Antibirth (09.12/09.02/TBA)
The Accountant (11.01/10.14/11.04)
Microbe & Gasoline (07.01/07.01/11.06.15)
Anesthesia (01.05/01.08/TBA)
Tumbledown (02.05/02.05/TBA)
Anthropoid (08.17/08.12/09.09)
Ali and Nino (11.06/11.18/TBA)
Sunset Song (11.30.15/05.13/12.04.15)
Embrace of the Serpent (02.27/02.17/06.10)
The Program (10.09.15/03.18/10.16.15)
Naz & Maalik (01.20/01.22/TBA)
Lost in Karastan (01.22/TBA/01.22)
I Saw the Light (05.07/03.25/05.06)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (04.13/04.29/04.08)
The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (03.03/02.19/02.19)

[2.5 stars]
The Witch (10.11.15/02.19/03.11)
High-Rise (10.08.15/05.13/03.18)
Morgan (09.03/09.02/09.02)
Doctor Strange (10.25/11.04/10.25)
Inferno (10.10/10.28/10.14)
Ben-Hur (09.01/08.19/09.07)
Equity (08.23/07.29/09.02)
The BFG (06.15/07.01/07.22)
Cafe Society (09.04/07.15/09.02)
X-Men: Apocalypse (05.16/05.27/05.18)
The Nice Guys (05.17/05.20/06.03)
Trolls (10.15/11.04/10.15)
Bastille Day (aka The Take) (03.24/11.18/04.22)
Risen (02.29/02.19/03.18)
Bad Santa 2 (11.22/11.23/11.23)
Passage to Mars (09.22/09.30/TBA)
Louder Than Bombs (04.29/04.08/04.22)
Emelie (03.03/03.04/direct to VOD)
Eddie the Eagle (02.22/02.26/04.01)
The Finest Hours (02.02/01.29/02.19)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (03.21/03.25/03.25)
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (03.07/03.18/03.10)
Triple 9 (01.14/02.26/02.19)
The Boss (05.31/04.08/06.10)
Bad Neighbours 2 (aka Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) (05.07/05.20/05.06)
Solace (09.28.15/12.16/09.25.15)
A Street Cat Named Bob (11.18/11.18/11.04)
The Boy and the Beast (02.19/03.04/TBA)

red for no
give it a miss

[2 stars]
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (11.16/11.18/11.18)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (09.29/09.30/09.29)
Robinson Crusoe (aka The Wild Life) (09.02/09.09/05.05)
Disorder (aka Maryland) (07.25/08.12/03.25)
Ordinary World (aka Geezer) (10.25/10.14/direct to DVD)
100 Streets (09.21/TBA/11.11)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (10.13/10.21/10.20)
Bridget Jones’s Baby (09.08/09.16/09.16)
The Conjuring 2 (06.01/06.10/06.13)
Evolution (10.11.15/TBA/05.06)
The American Side (05.03/04.29/TBA)
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (04.05/04.22/04.04)
Bleed for This (10.08/11.18/12.02)
Jane Wants a Boyfriend (03.24/03.25/TBA)
Black (08.17/TBA/08.19)
Nocturnal Animals (10.14/11.18/11.04)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (01.25/01.15/01.29)

[1.5 stars]
The Magnificent Seven (09.23/09.23/09.23)
Now You See Me 2 (07.04/06.10/07.04)
A Hologram for the King (05.03/04.22/05.20)
Demolition (05.03/04.08/04.29)
Independence Day: Resurgence (06.24/06.24/06.23)
The Light Between Oceans (11.01/09.02/11.01)
The Childhood of a Leader (07.28/07.22/08.19)
The Dreamed Ones (Die Geträumten) (09.19/TBA/12.02)
Zoom (08.31/09.02/direct to VOD)
The Free World (09.19/09.23/TBA)
Storks (10.15/09.23/10.14)
Blair Witch (08.10/09.16/09.15)
Keeping Up with the Joneses (10.22/10.21/10.21)
Ice Age: Collision Course (07.02/07.22/07.15)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (02.11/02.05/02.11)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (05.29/06.03/05.30)
Cardboard Boxer (09.16/09.16/TBA)
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (09.02/09.02/09.02)
Me Before You (05.31/06.03/06.03)
Regression (10.09.15/02.05/10.09.15)
The Angry Birds Movie (05.13/05.20/05.13)
Deadpool (02.08/02.12/02.10)

[1 star]
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (10.08/12.21/TBA)
Mechanic: Resurrection (08.27/08.26/08.26)
The Legend of Tarzan (07.06/07.01/07.06)
Free State of Jones (06.22/06.24/09.09)
Fathers & Daughters (11.10.15/07.08/11.13.15)
The Good Neighbor (09.16/09.16/TBA)
Approaching the Unknown (06.06/06.03/direct to VOD)
War on Everyone (09.06/TBA/10.07)
Synchronicity (01.20/01.22/TBA)
Chevalier (07.06/05.27/07.22)
Mojave (03.24/01.22/03.25)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (03.23/03.25/03.24)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (05.15/05.27/05.27)
Autumn Lights (10.25/10.21/TBA)

[.5 star]
The 5th Wave (01.22/01.22/01.22)
Ride Along 2 (01.20/01.15/01.22)
How to Be Single (02.11/02.12/02.19)
Kill Your Friends (11.02.15/04.01/11.06.15)
London Has Fallen (02.25/03.04/03.03)
Bite (05.10/05.06/direct to DVD)
Ratchet & Clank (04.24/04.29/04.29)

[0 stars]
Suburra (03.29/TBA/06.24)
Exposed (01.19/01.22/02.26)
Welcome to Happiness (05.20/05.20/direct to VOD)
Dirty Grandpa (01.25/01.22/01.29)
Knight of Cups (04.29/03.04/05.06)
Grimsby (aka The Brothers Grimsby) (02.24/03.11/02.24)
Gods of Egypt (05.26/02.26/06.17)
Warcraft: The Beginning (aka Warcraft) (05.30/06.10/05.30)
The Neon Demon (07.08/06.24/07.08)
The Eyes of My Mother (12.02/12.02/03.24.17)
Suicide Squad (08.04/08.05/08.05)
The Greasy Strangler (08.09/10.07/10.07)


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