La La Land (2016)
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (128 mins.)
Pros: Lovely romance story
Cons: Loads of singing (it’s a musical d’oh!). Made me want to throw up on a couple of cheesy lines. Plus they break the laws of Gravity a few times when dancing. I suppose love gives you wings.. Not my cup of tea though!
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Pros: Amazing cinematic photography. One lovely kiss scene in a bed.
Cons: Loads of death and drama. Loads! If you’re looking for a story, it’s buried in the drama and there is no character that is not mopey or sad.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Pros: Accurate description of living in da’ hood!
Cons: The story does not seem to go anywhere. Yes, he’s a gay kid growing up in a tough neighbourhood, there’s a lot of talking, a lot! And the hood colours are pretty bland and shallow. Could have taken a little bit of inspiration from real life.
Hell or High Water (2016)
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. (102 mins._
Pros: Good storyline, good tension building, near-perfect acting. Lenghtwise it’s good, not too drawn out, not too much pointless chatting going on. People express themselves in their purest form and I was on the edge of my chair a few times (especially when they pulled him over with a gun wound and also when his brother shot down the deputy)
Cons: At a time when conceal/carry has become commonplace (especially in places like Texas) the gas station encounter with the punks in the green car is worse than stupidly suicidal.
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
Pros: Aliens, communication mystery, meeting a new species
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (118 mins.)
Pros: Story about love and what it means to be an orphan child lost in a massive sea of people. The young boy is adorable and your heart goes out to him and you see him turn into a fine man. I hope Nicole grabs an oscar for her role as she was great in the role of the adoptive mother
Cons: too much teen angst in the middle of the 20’s.Every character we meet is sad and depressed (name me one that isn’t). Plus wouldn’t his brother be offended by the description of a mentally deranged man that the movie placed on child abuse in India?
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss
, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. (139 mins.)
Pro: Good story about heroism and altruism. War shots were so realistic you could almost taste the gunpowder.
Cons: I didn’t feel anything for the main character other than mild interest. The instructor felt cartoon-ish at times. Not sure if this was a story about war, religion, God or the importance of peace?
Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism. (161 mins.)
Pros: Very lovely scenes of photography of the Japanese Islands.
Cons: very strong religious message that is punctuated at bad points through naration.
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. (100 mins.)
Pros: costumes were great. Jackie is represented with the style and grace you would expect of Natalie Portman, similar to the Black swan.
Cons: She whispers all her lines and she is lacking so much energy that I felt my own sip away while watching her. Long and pointless self-indulgent shots, boring at parts. She feels like a strongly medicated mental patient. I think the only time I saw some real emotion flare up was in the car shooting flashback. But that was close to 30s for a 2h movie.
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (139 mins.)
Pros: 10 minutes of interesting depiction of life for an African-American family in the 50s
Cons: Most of the rest of the movie. A lot of dialog, boring, not actually going anywhere. This movie simply invites you into the lives of 5 miserable people living depressing, miserable lives. Who wants to watch that?
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. (123 mins.)
Patriots Day (2016)
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. (133 mins.)
Hidden Figures (2016)
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. (127 mins.)
Pros: Great, strong, female leads. All the feminists and equal rights opportunities supporters will cheer for this movie and what it comes out saying. Smar girls, based on real events. Rising over sexism at work and a lot of racism.
Cons: I would have loved to see a black gay man in the 50’s join their crusade. The movie felt more like a statement than like an event that’s wondreous.
A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. (130 mins.)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale. (116 mins.)
Pros: The acting is simply amazing. I was breathless for most of the scenes and the story within the story that leads to the discovery of feelings not known was a personal bonus after reading a few books on similar natures.
Cons: The ending was a bit sappy but very rewarding. I did see it coming but it still managed to rock me.
20th Century Women (2016)
The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. (119 mins.)
Pros: If you want to know how a mother of a young teenager can bring up her son with no male influence, give this movie a shot. It was heartfelt and sweet and the stories within show the tender and frail bonds between people.
Cons: Not all teenagers were into Punk Rock but I suppose there is a bit of a culture shock when faced with newer music!
Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
The story of Chesley Sullenberger
, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. (96 mins.)
Pros: Great depiction of a real event. The 20-30 min near to the end of the movie when they re-enacted the crash were absolutely stunning
Cons: The pilot’s story is a bit on the sad and depressed state. I think the movie could have done with a bit of editing down.
The Lobster (2015)
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. (119 mins.)
Pros: A bit futuristic.
Cons: This movie was in my opinion pure and simple pointless. Why make it? There is no point. It only makes you feel seek and confused on why in a near future everyone should be a couple. Even the main idea has no sense. Some say dark comedy. Comedy? No way, just a deeply disturbing on all levels and violent senseless movie.
13th (2016 Documentary)
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. (100 mins.)
A Monster Calls (2016)
A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. (108 mins.)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising. (120 mins.)
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. (100 mins.)
Live by Night (2016)
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. (129 mins.)