Every year at this time I post my first tentative, incomplete list of best movies of the year--with a few additions to come. I see a lot of movies, including many indie, foreign and doc, but unlike "real" critics, I don't get invited to screenings and so, at this point, I have not seen all the contenders. So, missing below--for now--are likely adds, Toni Erdmann, I Am Not Your Negro, and Camerapeson, among others (maybe "Paterson," as well). Also, I have probably forgotten a couple movies and docs from earlier in the year, and will also have to add them later...So here we go, from what I can say now, in approximate order.
Manchester By the Sea
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
20th Century Women
O.J. Made in America
My Love, Don't Cross That River
City of Gold
Note: Have seen Fences and Elle in past week and despite fine performances too long and disappointing.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Update: My Ten (or Fifteen) Best Movies List
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