2016 Chronicle of The Cinema

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1. 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: 21,527 | Gross: $14.01M

2. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,243 | Gross: $1.06M

3. The Bad Kids (2016)

101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Votes: 519 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Between Sea and Land (2016)

98 min | Drama

A man yearns to go in to the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an illness that prevents hims from doing so.

Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo | Stars: Jorge Cao, Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernández, Viviana Serna

Votes: 232

5. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Votes: 1,286

6. The Settlers (2016)

107 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An intimate look at life inside the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Director: Shimon Dotan

Votes: 174

7. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 76,714 | Gross: $3.24M

8. Home (XVI) (2016)

103 min | Drama

The struggle between two generations and its thin line between trust, friendship and betrayal.

Director: Fien Troch | Stars: Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Bellemans, Karlijn Sileghem

Votes: 838

9. 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: 32,902 | Gross: $0.66M

10. Bleed for This (2016)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.

Director: Ben Younger | Stars: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 22,583 | Gross: $4.85M

11. Frantz (2016)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

Votes: 11,081 | Gross: $0.88M

12. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,703 | Gross: $0.18M

13. 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: 449,514 | Gross: $151.10M

14. 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: 212,077 | Gross: $10.64M

15. Sully (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey

Votes: 210,024 | Gross: $125.07M

16. 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: 10,312 | Gross: $0.28M

17. 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: 39,238 | Gross: $1.48M

18. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 89,184 | Gross: $57.64M

19. Creepy (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba, Ryôko Fujino

Votes: 3,471

20. 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: 31,974 | Gross: $1.31M

21. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 6,840 | Gross: $0.54M

22. 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: 55,951

23. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,550

24. Life+1Day (2016)

112 min | Drama

Somaieh, the youngest daughter of an indigent family, is getting married and fear is overwhelming each and every member of the family regarding how to overcome their difficulties after she's gone.

Director: Saeed Roustayi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar, Shabnam Moghadami

Votes: 7,001

25. The Patriarch (2016)

103 min | Drama

From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty

Votes: 716

26. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 43,254 | Gross: $2.40M

27. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 115,687 | Gross: $2.13M

28. Tunnel (2016)

TV-14 | 126 min | Action, Drama

68 Metascore

A man is on his way home when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Doona Bae, Dal-su Oh, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 5,769

29. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,605

30. The King's Choice (2016)

133 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 5,936 | Gross: $0.11M

31. The Woman Who Left (2016)

TV-MA | 226 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, a woman plans to take revenge on her former lover.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Nonie Buencamino

Votes: 1,001 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

50 Metascore

A team of spies is sent into Incheon to gain intelligence on North Korean positions ahead of the invasion by UN forces.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Liam Neeson, Jon Gries, Josie Bissett, Justin Rupple

Votes: 4,025 | Gross: $1.02M

33. Luck-Key (2016)

112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A hapless loser assumes the identity of an amnesia victim without knowing that he is an assassin.

Director: Kae-Byeok Lee | Stars: Hae-jin Yoo, Joon Lee, Yun-hie Jo, Ji-yeon Lim

Votes: 1,430 | Gross: $0.46M

34. Death in Sarajevo (2016)

85 min | Drama

The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of ... See full summary »

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Snezana Vidovic, Izudin Bajrovic, Vedrana Bozinovic, Muhamed Hadzovic

Votes: 805

35. Ma' Rosa (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles

Votes: 785

36. Paradise (2016)

130 min | Drama, War

52 Metascore

Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Peter Kurth, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Viktor Sukhorukov, Pierre Nisse

Votes: 1,376 | Gross: $0.01M

37. The Teacher (2016)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher's corrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Zuzana Mauréry, Zuzana Konecná, Csongor Kassai, Tamara Fischer

Votes: 2,260 | Gross: $0.06M

38. By the Rails (2016)

88 min | Drama

Radu has come back from Italy after an year and finds his wife totally changed. They spend the night trying to rediscover their selves. The distance has created distrust and confusion ... See full summary »

Director: Cãtãlin Mitulescu | Stars: Alexandru Potocean, Ada Condeescu, Giada Laudicina, Claudiu Trandafir

Votes: 130

39. Scarred Hearts (2016)

Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

Emanuel spends his days at a sanatorium. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away, but their minds refuse to give up.

Director: Radu Jude | Stars: Serban Pavlu, Dana Marineci, Alexandru Dabija, Ivana Mladenovic

Votes: 855

40. 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: 2,526 | Gross: $0.05M

41. The Last Family (2016)

123 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The story of a well-known artistic family: legendary painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, his wife Zofia and their son Tomasz, a highly-praised music critic and translator. Their lives were far from being usual.

Director: Jan P. Matuszynski | Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra

Votes: 2,754

42. Yourself and Yours (2016)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

A foray into the uncanny with a spin on Luis Buñuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire"

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Ju-hyuk Kim, Yoo-Young Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon, Joon-Sang Yoo

Votes: 900

43. The Winter (2016)

95 min | Drama

After years of working on an 'estancia' in Patagonia, the Old Foreman is forced to retire and a younge'r man takes his place. The change is difficult and challenging for both men. Each one must survive the oncoming winter.

Director: Emiliano Torres | Stars: Alejandro Sieveking, Cristian Salguero, Adrián Fondari, Pablo Cedrón

Votes: 195

44. 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: 3,609 | Gross: $0.03M

45. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 1,813 | Gross: $0.44M

46. Mad World (2016)

101 min | Drama

A mentally ill stockbroker struggles to reconcile with his estranged father and his perturbed ex-fiancée.

Director: Chun Wong | Stars: Shawn Yue, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Charmaine Fong

Votes: 1,179

47. Quit Staring at My Plate (2016)

105 min | Drama

Marijana's life revolves around her family, whether she likes it or not. They live on top of one another in a tiny apartment, driving one another crazy. Then her controlling father has a ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Jusic | Stars: Mia Petricevic, Niksa Butijer, Arijana Culina, Zlatko Buric

Votes: 871

48. In This Corner of the World (2016)

PG-13 | 129 min | Animation, Drama, History