Sight & Sound The best films of 2016

by hskyme | created - 18 Aug 2018 | updated - 20 Aug 2018 | Public
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1. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 39,693 | Gross: $1.48M

2. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 239,982 | Gross: $27.85M

3. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 56,465

4. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,722 | Gross: $1.03M

5. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 33,467 | Gross: $0.66M

6. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 46,477 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 222,530 | Gross: $47.70M

8. Things to Come (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob

Votes: 10,427 | Gross: $0.28M

9. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 58,807 | Gross: $2.14M

10. The Death of Louis XIV (2016)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin

Votes: 1,644 | Gross: $0.04M

11. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 32,469 | Gross: $1.31M

12. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mara Elena Andrei, Mirela Apostu, Eugenia Bosânceanu, Ana Branescu

Votes: 3,808

13. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo

Votes: 5,034 | Gross: $0.11M

14. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 26,031 | Gross: $1.49M

15. Nocturama (2016)

130 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before taking shelter for a night in a shopping center.

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa

Votes: 3,685 | Gross: $0.03M

16. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Jacques Derrida, Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 2,010 | Gross: $0.10M

17. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 455,428 | Gross: $151.10M

18. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,661 | Gross: $14.01M

19. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,941 | Gross: $0.29M

20. Victoria (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit

Votes: 46,558

21. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 18,294 | Gross: $1.33M

22. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

Votes: 48,931 | Gross: $3.37M

23. Evolution (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Marta Blanc, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Votes: 5,615

24. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

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.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 183,831 | Gross: $26.86M

25. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 15,540

27. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 214,632 | Gross: $10.64M

28. The Ornithologist (2016)

Unrated | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Paul Hamy, João Pedro Rodrigues, Xelo Cagiao, Han Wen

Votes: 2,563 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 52,742 | Gross: $0.51M

30. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 8,361 | Gross: $0.94M



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