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Keep up with all of our Year in Film features here. 20th Century Women ("Don't Worry About the Government") The statement feels downright laughable in this hellish year, but in Mike Mills's late-70s coming of age story, the Talking Heads song is used to memorable effect. The song, from the band's debut album, has a stripped down, sing-song earnestness (an authentic quirkiness) that fits perfectly with Mills's uncertain, creative band of protagonists. Abbey Bender   Elle (“Lust...
Editor's Note: Contributors were asked to submit nominations for the "Ten Best non-Isabelle Huppert Performances of 2016," for the sake of variety. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Ali's buffed-out drug-dealer-cum-salt-of-the-earth Juan, however improbable, is a blend of pride, shame, and selflessness. With subversive cleverness, Barry Jenkins conveys hope in making a wistful gangsta the savior of a lost boy, but few other actors could pull it off. No wonder Ali's portrayal of Beltway operator Remy Danton in House...
The Lion in Winter (1968) Directed by Anthony Harvey "Did the Channel part for you?" A film, yes, but also a towering, regal monument to the healing power of sarcasm and sniping, the things that keep us sane, from which life, dreams, are made. Intelligence curdles into bitterness and every smile is a box of knives in this most voluptuous Christmas film. The Lion in Winter centers on a never-better Katharine Hepburn, winsome in her venom,...
Keep up with all of our Year in Film features, including The Ten Unsexiest Movies of 2016, here. Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater, like Robert Bresson before him, has a way with casting the hottest dudes on planet earth to act out his philosophical treatises. Linklater, however, is less coy about showing off the finer features of his strapping players. Here he has a whole floorshow of hotness—a college baseball team in the early 80s—just itching...

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