My Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 

From dramas to musicals, 2016 was a year of great filmmaking. Movies that provoked our thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Here are my Top 10 Best Movies of 2016:

Runners-Up (in no particular order):
“American Honey”
“The Witch”
“The Lobster”
“The Handmaiden”
“Toni Erdmann”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“Love & Friendship”
“Captain America: Civil War”

The Worst (In no particular order):

"Gods of Egypt" -- If I don’t see Gerard Butler in a toga again, I’ll be fine (I can't believe I just said that :tongue)! This dead, lifeless take on Egyptian mythology is forgettable and laughable!

"The Huntstman: Winter’s War" -- It wasted the talents (Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt pretty much overacted), and Chris Hemsworth, brooding and boring! This "Frozen" wannabe suffers from bad, really bad script!

"Independence Day: Resurgence" -- So bad, even Will Smith said no! This sequel died 5 minutes into the movie.

Speaking of Will Smith, how about "Suicide Squad?" It's a movie with so much promise, but failed miserably because of the studio perhaps, because of the director David Ayer perhaps? I was hoping for a good action film but I got a somewhat unfinished movie! Yup, the film feels unfinished, unpolished, and over-hyped and over-marketed!

"War Craft" -- The convoluted video game movie comes alive, and died on the spot! The videogame curse continues...

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Utah Critics Choose "La La Land" for Best Picture 

Here is the full list of winners of the 2016 Utah Film Critics Awards:

• Best Picture:
"La La Land"; runner-up: "Moonlight."

• Directing: Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"; runner-up, Damien Chazelle, "La La Land."

• Lead Actor, Male:
Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"; runner-up: Joel Edgerton, "Loving."

• Lead Actor, Female: Emma Stone, "La La Land"; runner-up: Ruth Negga, "Loving."

• Supporting Actor, Female: Viola Davis, "Fences"; runners-up: (tie) Naomie Harris, "Moonlight," Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea."

• Supporting Actor, Male: (tie) Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight," John Goodman, "10 Cloverfield Lane."

• Original Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan, "Hell or High Water"; runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea."

• Adapted Screenplay:
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, "Moonlight"; runner-up: Eric Heisserer, "Arrival."

• Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land"; runner-up: Bradford Young, "Arrival."

• Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz, "La La Land"; runner-up: Johann Johannsson, "Arrival."

• Documentary Feature: "Cameraperson"; runner-up: "Weiner."

• Animated Feature: "Kubo and the Two Strings"; runners-up: (tie) "Moana" and "Zootopia."

• Non-English Language Film: "The Handmaiden" (South Korea); runners-up: (tie) "Elle" (France) and "Toni Erdmann" (Germany).

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Kansas City Film Critics' Circle Picks "Manchester by the Sea" 

Winners of the 2016 Kansas City Film Critics' Circle Awards:

BEST PICTURE: Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Jackie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: (tie) Naomie Harris, Moonlight and Viola Davis, Fences

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Eric Heisserer, Arrival


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Handmaiden (South Korea)




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St. Louis Film Critics Love "La La Land" 

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2016 St. Louis Film Critic Association Awards:

Best Film: La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert - Elle
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis - Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Hell or High Water - Taylor Sheridan
Best Adapted Screenplay: Love and Friendship - Whit Stillman (Screenplay); Jane Austen (Novel)
Best Editing: Jackie - Sebastián Sepúlveda
Best Cinematography: La La Land - Linus Sandgren
Best Production Design: The Handmaiden - Seong-hie Ryu
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Music Score: La La Land - Justin Herwitz
Best Soundtrack: Sing Street
Best Song: "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" - La La Land
Best Action Film: Captain America: Civil War
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Comedy: Hail, Caesar!
Best Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro
Best Foreign Language Film: Elle
Best Horror / Science-Fiction Film: The Witch
Best Scene: La La Land - Opening dance number, "Another Day of Sun."

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Las Vegas Film Critics Society Chooses "La La Land" 

Here's the complete list of winners of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture
La La Land

Best Actor
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Best Director

La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay
Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Screenplay
La La Land

Best Cinematography

La La Land

Best Film Editing

Best Score

La La Land

Best Song

City of Stars – La La Land

Best Action Film

Captain America: Civil War

Best Documentary
OJ Simpson Made in America

Best Animated Film
Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden

Best Costume
The Witch

Best Art Direction
La La Land

Best Visual Effects
Jungle Book

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