The Salesman (2016)

Using the device of a play within a movie, Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) this time brings us a whodunit set in Tehran. A young couple, Emad Etesami (Shahab Hosseini), and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), are actors who play Willy  ...

The Comedian (2016)

“I always thought of the joke as a superior way of telling the truth.”—Emily Nussbaum, “New Yorker,” January 23, 2017 Robert DeNiro plays Jackie Burke, the title role comedian who is the embodiment of all frustrations associated with his  ...

The Best Films of 2016

2016 was an exceptional year for movies, as well as refreshingly diverse. The upcoming Oscar Awards show will thankfully be showcasing an array of stories and the talents of more than just whites- behind and in front of  ...

BEST OF 2016: MOVIES

Many films are well-made, but the ones that land on my own personal Top 10 each year have something more: some memorable element, some unique quality or emotional connection that reverberates down deep -- a special something that  ...

Fire at Sea (2016)

Lampedusa is a Mediterranean island midway between Sicily and the coast of Africa. Those who live there are fishermen of Italian extraction. Considering that their lives are only as secure as the next catch, life on Lampedusa is ordinary. The  ...

20th Century Women (2016)

The statement-making title, 20th Century Women, belies how small a film this is despite its ambitiousness. This is the story of a liberal 55-year old divorced mother Dorothea (Annette Bening) in 1979 Santa Barbara who is having trouble figuring out  ...

Toni Erdmann (2016)

To call Winfried Conradi (Peter Simonischek) an eccentric would be an understatement. Toni Erdmann opens with him answering the door to a postman, only to say he'll fetch his ex-con brother to receive the package, which Winfried  ...

La La Land (2016)

If you’re looking for a feel-good movie for the holiday season, La La Land is absolutely it. If you’re looking for a uniquely, great film with wonderful performances, once again you need go no further than La La Land. And  ...

Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is both intense and sometimes hard to watch, as well as brilliant, haunting and not to be missed. This film by Barry Jenkins is a coming of age story of sorts about a young, black, gay boy, Chiron, growing  ...

Elle (2016)

I once had a (Caucasian) roommate, who while offering up the details of her deflowering, reported that afterwards she dreamed that six Latino men dressed in sarapes and sombreros, ritualistically tethered her to a wooden cross to punish her for  ...