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The 2017 Season

 
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Sadly, 2017 was not a stellar year for film. Nonetheless I’ve cobbled-together my list of the year’s best films, here they are, unranked:


2018 CriticsChoices:

BEST PICTURE
The Shape of Water

BEST ACTOR
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

BEST ACTRESS
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Allison Janney – I, Tonya

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coco

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Wonder Woman

BEST COMEDY
The Big Sick

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY James Franco – The Disaster Artist

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Handily six of the year’s finest hours are Their Finest (a delightful comedy about a UK propaganda film troupe during WWII), Dunkirk, and of course Darkest Hours for which Gary Oldman (as Winston Churchill) is certain to bring home a Critics’ Choice Award.

When I finally got around to reading A Catcher in the Rye at thirty-seven I found protagonist Holden Caulfield callow and chesty. Which is to say many coming-of-age tales don’t resonate with those of us outside our so-called formative years but, hey, we can recognize great performances like Saoirse Ronan as the titular Lady Bird for which she’ll probably bring home the gaudy crystal.

Speaking of coming-of-age, sort of, Reese Witherspoon is wonderful in the coming-of-middle-age comedy Home Again.

The charming comedy, How to Be a Latin Lover, was formulaic but a winner while Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick was a critical success and as entertaining as they come though I don't expect either to get the recognition they deserve.

In Wind River Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen try to solve a murder on the eponymous Wyoming Indian Reservation. It was surprisingly riveting and a must-see on the large screen.

Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and personal favorite Sam Rockwell don’t disappoint in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri where McDormand hectors a small town sheriff to solve the murder of her daughter.

If Gary Oldman is screwed this year it’s only because of James Franco’s amazing performance as The Room’s enigmatic writer/director Tommy Wiseau in the The Disaster Artist.

If you like two-hanky films, bring a box of Puffs to Wonder, which feels a lot like Mask, but, you know, more contemporary ... and without Cher.

I’m not sure how to categorize I, Tonya, the hysterical Tonya Harding biopic, or if I even need to. Margot Robbie may earn a nod (or cry her way to one) for her take on the train-wreck on ice but Allison Janney deserves one for playing Harding’s gruff stage-mom.

I’ll put anything with Denzel Washington on a best list. He’s truly an American treasure and I honestly believe he could have saved Battlefield Earth. (Too far?) This year he was Roman J. Israel, Esq., a vintage “cause” lawyer. FWIW: Some parallels to Ben Affleck’s The Accountant.














 
 

The 2016 Season


 
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What are the best films of 2016?














 
 

The 2015 Season



 
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