9 items from 2017
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
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Girl on the Train (thriller-drama; Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans; rated R) Keeping Up with the Joneses (comedy; Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot; rated PG-13) Ouija: Origin of Evil (period horror prequel; Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso; rated PG-13) Eadweard (drama; Michael Eklund, Sara Canning; not rated) Trespass Against Us (drama-thriller; Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson; rated R) Christine (biopic about TV...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
After a successful theatrical run, Tom Cruise brings the iconic Jack Reacher into your own living room with the action-packed sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The sequel debuts on Digital HD today, January 17, before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 31. To celebrate the Digital HD release, we have four exclusive graphic posters, which feature artistic renditions of some of the movie's most iconic scenes, including Jack pulling a gun on the men who have been following him and Jack's diner encounter.
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. »
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2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Warner Archive Delivers the Best Way to Enjoy a Bad Day at Black Rock
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Pick of the WeekBad Day at Black Rock [Warner Archive]
What is it? A one-armed man arrives via train in a remote western town, and the populace reacts with suspicion and violence.
Why buy it? Spencer Tracy excels as the polite but mysterious stranger whose presence sets everyone on edge, and the more he probes the harder they push. The film explores threads of America’s deep-seated racism and small-town insulation, and it pairs that commentary with a steadily increasing suspense. The themes and actions here are still sadly relevant, even now, and it makes for an important watch that still manages to entertain. Tracy’s potential adversaries include Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, and »
- Rob Hunter
Zach Galifianakis’ documentary, “Democracy For Sale,” looks at how bad gerrymandering has gotten in his home state of North Carolina. The film was originally part of Epix’s original docuseries “America Divided,” produced by Common, Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes, which premiered back in September. Now, according to the News Observer, the doc will be screened across North Carolina in January and February.
In the film, the actor discusses the state’s transformed politics and, per the project’s website, “how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy.”
A clip for the documentary shows Galifianakis talking with former Democratic North Carolina state senator Margaret Dickson about how the state’s districts have been changed.
“People feel like they’ve lost control of the process and in some ways they have,” she says in the video. “The redistricting is being done my people far away…I wish »
- Liz Calvario
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic commentators on the contemporary state of Brazilian society. – Giovanni M. »
- The Film Stage
Author: Jon Lyus
Twelve months ago we were all expectantly waiting for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which would pit two iconic superheroes against one another on the big screen. Though it ended up falling far short of those expectations the cinematic trio of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman had a certain novelty value which will drive fans into the ultimate movie in the DC/Snyderverse – the long awaited Justice League.
Before the superhero mash up we have an intriguing prospect in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman standalone film in June. Many considered Gadot’s appearance in Batman v Superman to be a breath of fresh air in amongst the glowering testosterone. Jenkins, too, is sure to bring something new to the dim and distant Dcu. We caught up with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, and an admiring Jon Hamm, at the press junket for their recent comedy vehicle Keeping Up with the Joneses »
- Jon Lyus
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
9 items from 2017
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