The top 15 movies of 2016

The top 15 movies of 2016

You know how this works. A ton of movies were released in 2016, and these are film critic Adam Lubitow's picks for the cream of the crop


Film review: 'Elle'

If you're at all familiar with the career of Paul Verhoeven, from the lurid eroticism of "Basic Instinct" to the bloodsoaked violence of "RoboCop," you know that the filmmaker takes great pleasure in shocking his audience. Verhoeven's films have a nihilistic tinge, containing layers of cruelty and inhumanity which the director often presents with a detached, intellectual curiosity.

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Film review: 'Hidden Figures'

The very definition of crowd-pleasing, feel-good entertainment, the stirring drama "Hidden Figures" celebrates the lives of three black female mathematicians whose work was essential in the early days of NASA

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Film review: "Passengers"

A new year may have already started, but the films of 2016 will keep trickling into Rochester theaters throughout the next month. But while they make their way here, I'm still catching up on the massive number of new movies released over Christmas week (eight in total), including "Passengers," from director Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game").

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Film review: 'La La Land'

An ambitiously vibrant, often dazzling pastiche of great movie musicals, "La La Land" is practically impossible to dislike.

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Film review: "Always Shine"

Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) are two L.A. actresses looking to reconnect and repair their friendship while on a weekend getaway to Big Sur, where festering personal and professional jealousies make for a tenser experience than either anticipated. Then things get weird, as the unnerving “Always Shine” descends into a slippery tale of fractured identity in the vein of “Persona” and “Mulholland Drive.”

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Film review: "Jackie"

With his first English-language feature, Chilean director Pablo Larraín ("No," "Neruda") mixes historical drama, character study, and moody tone poem with just a touch of camp in "Jackie," the filmmaker's intricate and enigmatic portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Examining the subjects of celebrity, politics, and the process of constructing history, the film isn't exactly a biopic.

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Film review: "Rogue One"

The first in a series of stand-alone, spin-off stories set in the Star Wars universe, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is director Gareth Edwards's spin on what a gritty war movie in that world might look like. Set just before "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope," the story explains exactly how blueprints for the Galactic Empire's secret weapon, the Death Star, ended up in the hands of the Rebel Alliance.

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