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The Top 10 Movies of 2016

Troubling movies for a troubled year.

Dec. 1 2016 10:53 AMJackieAn intense, disorienting biopic about the power of image and celebrity in the White House.
Nov. 21 2016 12:21 PMA Whole New WorldWith Moana, Disney’s third golden age gets its Aladdin.
Nov. 18 2016 9:26 AMManchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan’s astonishing drama seems to contain all of life within it.
Nov. 11 2016 6:47 PMEllePaul Verhoeven’s unsettling latest is a black comedy about systemic misogyny, a rape whodunit, and so much more.
Nov. 10 2016 4:54 PMBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAn orchestrated attack on the viewer with a solemn message about American soldiers.
Nov. 2 2016 3:40 PMDoctor StrangePhysician, heal thyself! The newest Marvel movie sends Benedict Cumberbatch on a quest inside his own head.
Oct. 20 2016 3:13 PMThe HandmaidenPark Chan-wook takes on Sarah Waters’ brilliant, intricate novel Fingersmith.
Oct. 20 2016 10:30 AMTampopoJuzo Itami’s classic “noodle Western” will still make you hungry more than 30 years later.
Oct. 13 2016 3:23 PMCertain WomenNewcomer Lily Gladstone joins a remarkable cast of actresses in Kelly Reichardt’s stories of women’s work in the West.
Oct. 7 2016 5:50 AMThe Birth of a NationThe dishonesty at the center of this much-debated movie has nothing to do with its director’s personal history and a lot to do with history itself.
Oct. 6 2016 11:17 AMThe Girl on the TrainThe novel could be repetitive and squalid; the movie, despite its chills, feels oddly redemptive.
Sept. 28 2016 1:49 PMDeepwater HorizonA satisfying action spectacle that valorizes the workers on the ill-fated rig—but skirts the greater question of what the oil they drilled for means for us all.
Sept. 22 2016 3:46 PMThe DressmakerYes, the fancy frocks are pretty. But Kate Winslet’s revenge is bloody in this surprising Aussie drama.
Sept. 22 2016 5:45 AMThe Magnificent SevenDenzel Washington and a ragtag team of cowboys in an old-fashioned shoot-’em-up.
Sept. 19 2016 1:07 PMThe White HelmetsA new Netflix documentary shows in gripping detail what the war in Aleppo looks like from the city’s streets.
Nov. 23 2016 11:57 AMLionDev Patel hunts for his lost family, and Harvey Weinstein hunts for one more Oscar.
Nov. 18 2016 11:01 AMThe Edge of SeventeenA teen movie that’s funnier, sweeter, more specific, and more heartbreaking than you expect.
Nov. 17 2016 11:56 AMFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemIt’s great to be back in the wizarding world, even if Newt Scamander and his beasts are a little boring.
Nov. 11 2016 10:49 AMArrivalDenis Villeneuve wants to make a prestige science-fiction puzzler. He puzzled me, all right.
Nov. 3 2016 12:28 PMLovingA simple and moving love story about a couple who just happened to change America.
Oct. 20 2016 3:56 PMIt Looked Great. It Was Unwatchable.Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk shows the promise and failure of high-frame-rate cinema.
Oct. 20 2016 12:07 PMMoonlightBarry Jenkins’ stunning movie showers its audience in blessings.
Oct. 19 2016 9:00 AMJack Reacher: Never Go BackMaybe never even go the first time.
Oct. 13 2016 9:00 AMMascotsThis Netflix mockumentary isn’t Christopher Guest at his best, but it’s still a charmer that packs a sneaky punch.
Oct. 6 2016 3:50 PMNew SlavesI’m a criminal justice reporter, and Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix documentary about mass incarceration shocked me.
Sept. 30 2016 10:03 AMAmerican HoneyNewcomer Sasha Lane is a star in the making, though Andrea Arnold’s film can’t quite find the elusive truths of the heartland.
Sept. 23 2016 10:30 AMQueen of KatweA feel-good movie about a teenage Ugandan chess champion with some sly lessons about the rest of the world.
Sept. 22 2016 11:03 AMChronicTim Roth stars as a hospice nurse in a difficult movie with a shocking ending.
Sept. 20 2016 8:15 AMThe Toxic Charisma of John McAfeeA new Showtime documentary paints an eerie, irresistible portrait of the anti-virus software pioneer turned international fugitive.
Sept. 16 2016 5:31 PMBlair WitchThe reboot of 1999’s horror classic shows us the witch. Really?!

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