Best of 2016: Films

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1. American Pastoral (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

Director: Ewan McGregor | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert

Votes: 13,815 | Gross: $0.54M

2. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 546,408 | Gross: $100.55M

3. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 195,763 | Gross: $8.70M

4. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 47,349 | Gross: $20.76M

5. Fathers & Daughters (2015)

R | 116 min | Drama

31 Metascore

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger

Votes: 22,161

6. Passengers (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 325,255 | Gross: $100.01M

7. 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: 462,032 | Gross: $151.10M

8. Jackrabbit (2015)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a friend's suicide leaves behind a mysterious computer drive, a fringe hacker and an accomplished computer technician come together to decipher the message left in his wake.

Director: Carleton Ranney | Stars: Ryan Dailey, Alex Hodgins, Boots Wooten, Cinda Donovan

Votes: 397

9. The Finest Hours (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

58 Metascore

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

Votes: 58,087 | Gross: $27.55M

10. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 70,277 | Gross: $3.71M

11. Terminus (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate of his family, but of mankind.

Director: Marc Furmie | Stars: Jai Koutrae, Todd Lasance, Kendra Appleton, Katherine Hicks

Votes: 5,897

12. Welcome to Happiness (2015)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

29 Metascore

There's a magical door in Woody's closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. When he finds out where it goes, his life will be changed forever.

Director: Oliver Thompson | Stars: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 609

13. Beauty and the Beast (2014)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

39 Metascore

An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 18,666

14. A Hologram for the King (2016)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Tom Hanks, Omar Elba, Sarita Choudhury, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 37,746 | Gross: $4.20M

15. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 272,466 | Gross: $72.08M

16. Jason Bourne (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Thriller

58 Metascore

The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 197,019 | Gross: $162.43M

17. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 243,570 | Gross: $86.26M

18. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

84 Metascore

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 110,512 | Gross: $48.02M

19. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

Director: Matt Brown | Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair, Raghuvir Joshi

Votes: 46,371 | Gross: $3.87M

20. Into the Forest (2015)

R | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie

Votes: 17,359 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Operator (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

Joe, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and Emily, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work.

Director: Logan Kibens | Stars: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Cameron Esposito

Votes: 1,734

22. ARQ (2016)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director: Tony Elliott | Stars: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson, Gray Powell

Votes: 31,077

23. Girl Asleep (2015)

TV-MA | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

67 Metascore

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.

Director: Rosemary Myers | Stars: Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Amber McMahon, Matthew Whittet

Votes: 2,361 | Gross: $0.05M

24. Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2015)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

In the well-to-do suburbs of a small town, a group of pretty average, well-adjusted sixteen and seventeen year olds are ordinary adolescents who take a singular path.

Director: Eva Husson | Stars: Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Lorenzo Lefèbvre, Daisy Broom

Votes: 2,355

25. Eye in the Sky (2015)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

73 Metascore

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi

Votes: 74,657 | Gross: $18.70M

26. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 30,199 | Gross: $0.18M

27. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 254,038 | Gross: $36.26M

28. Money Monster (2016)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes them and their crew as hostage.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West

Votes: 89,588 | Gross: $41.01M

29. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina

Votes: 47,382 | Gross: $23.05M

30. Synchronicity (IV) (2015)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

39 Metascore

A physicist who invents a time machine must travel back to the past to uncover the truth about his creation and the woman who is trying to steal it.

Director: Jacob Gentry | Stars: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress

Votes: 9,875 | Gross: $0.00M

31. Uncanny (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.

Director: Matthew Leutwyler | Stars: Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 4,902

32. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Thriller

47 Metascore

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name while on the run as a fugitive from the law.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Robert Knepper

Votes: 128,203 | Gross: $58.70M

33. Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic, Stellan Skarsgård, Mariya Fomina

Votes: 18,785 | Gross: $3.15M

34. The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Aiden Longworth, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul

Votes: 12,753

35. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 125,627 | Gross: $21.59M

36. Equity (I) (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Director: Meera Menon | Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner

Votes: 3,274 | Gross: $1.60M

37. Miss Sloane (2016)

R | 132 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 57,277 | Gross: $3.44M

38. Mine (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

40 Metascore

After a failed assassination attempt, a United States Marine finds himself stranded in the desert. Exposed to the elements, he must survive the dangers of the desert and battle the psychological and physical tolls of the treacherous conditions.

Directors: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro | Stars: Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Clint Dyer

Votes: 14,163



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