Angie Han’s Top 10 Films of 2016

Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight

Let’s skip the usual blather about whether 2016 was a good year for movies or a bad year for movies and just get right to it, shall we? I saw a lot of films in 2016. Here were some of my very favorites.

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Love & Friendship

Note: With Love & Friendship in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Jane Austen may have a reputation as a romantic, but I’d argue that her real forte is as a humorist. She’s second to none when it comes to elegantly written, sharply observed comedies about the foibles of England’s upper classes, combining a wry, biting wit with a genuine sense of affection for the characters she’s created.

Naturally, this makes Austen’s work the perfect source of inspiration for Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman, who has brought her novella Lady Susan to life in the laugh-out-loud hilarious Love & FriendshipKate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan herself, a cunning widow out to secure her position in society via favorable marriage matches for herself and her daughter.  Read More »

Swiss Army Man (Daniel Radcliffe)

Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice GuysThe BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.

If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.

Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.

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Love & Friendship trailer

No one has a better eye for the elaborate rituals and complicated dynamics of privileged society than Whit Stillman — no one, that is, except perhaps Jane AustenLove & Friendship is Stillman’s first time adapting the iconic writer’s work for the big screen, but it’s a combination that feels inevitable in retrospect. And having caught the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I can attest that Stillman’s take on Austen is every bit as sharp and funny as you’d hope.

Kate Beckinsale is in peak form as Lady Susan Vernon, a social-climbing widow whose charm is exceeded only by her ruthlessness. She spends the film plotting to maintain or elevate her status in society, by way of favorable marriage matches for both herself and her naive daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark). Chloë Sevigny plays Susan’s best friend. Watch the first Love & Friendship trailer after the jump.
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movies sold at Sundance 2016

These are the movies sold at Sundance 2016. Many of the films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a bigger audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2016. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. We’re including photo stills from each of the films along with all of the relevant information (director, cast, how much it sold for, the plot synopsis and more).  Hit the jump to find out which movies sold at Sundance 2016.

Latest update: Netflix grabs SVOD rights to Belgica (from Broken Circle Breakdown director Felix van Groeningen) and White Girl (starring Homeland‘s Morgan Saylor); Amazon Prime picks up NUTS!, a documentary about the stranger-than-fiction story of John Romulus Brinkley.

Previous update: Miramax/Roadshow acquire Obama love story Southside With You, Magnet buys horror film The Eyes of My Mother.

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The Best Films of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2016

After 10 glorious days, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival came to a close last night, with awards handed out Saturday night. And now that the festival is officially over and done with, we at /Film have tallied the movies we saw this year, to present to you a list of our favorites.

Three writers from /Film attended the festival this year: Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, and Ethan Anderton. Just three movies were viewed by all three members of the /Film team: Other PeopleHunt for the Wilderpeople, and Manchester by the Sea. Another 12 were seen by two members of the /Film staff, and 26 were seen by just one person. In all, the three of us caught 41 different movies. So how did the films we watched stack up? Run down the best of Sundance 2016 with us after the jump.  Read More »

2016 Sundance most anticipated

January doesn’t tend to be a great month for movies if you’re surveying the options at your local multiplex, but it’s one of the best times of the year for film lovers lucky enough to attend the Sundance Film Festival. This year, three of us — Peter Sciretta, Ethan Anderton, and myself — will be on the scene for /Film, taking in some of the best of this year’s independent cinema. Highlights from last year included Me and Earl and the Dying GirlDopeThe End of the TourSlow WestThe Witch, and Cop Car. So what will this year’s slate hold? Join us after the jump for a preview of 30 films we can’t wait to see at the 2016 Sundance film festival.  Read More »