SPECIAL: The Best Movies of 2016

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Chris Luckett


“Last year, in my Best Movies of 2014,
I commented on how weak a year we’d had.
If only I’d known what 2015 would be like!”
–Chris Luckett, The Best Movies of 2015


For the second year in a row, I didn’t see 25 movies worthy of inclusion on my best-of-the-year list. Moreover, there are even fewer on this year’s list than last.

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OSCARS 2017: Final Predictions

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Image: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Luckett

With just a few hours until the winners begin being announced, we’re fast approaching the deadline for people’s Oscar bets. Need some last-minute help? Here are my predictions of the movies that’ll be bringing home the gold tonight, ranked in order of their wins’ likelihood.

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REVIEW: Arrival

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Chris Luckett

The last three autumns gave us the sci-fi masterpieces Gravity, Interstellar, and The Martian. While December’s Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt-starring Passengers has gotten more buzz online, the heir apparent in tone has seemed like it would be Arrival.

On the surface, Arrival tells the tale of what it might be like if we make first contact with an alien species. Below that exterior of entertainment, though, the latest piece of cinematic wonder from director Denis Villeneuve also examines what it means to be a self-conscious being, while still finding time for visuals that will linger in your memory.

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