Though highly critical of the damage wrought by modern civilization in this untamed land, it's a film that refuses to simplistically lecture, instead ultimately expressing a mature ambivalence about colonialism's complicated legacy. Zootopia is a clever, poignant animated tale about why you shouldn't judge people by their appearance or their differences. Why did aliens come here? Click on any of the 2016 movie posters images for complete information about all 2016 movies in theaters, including trailers. That's fine: the movie's plot, a streak of murderers that may or may not have been perpetrated by demons, tows the viewer through the foggiest moments with one visceral pleasure after another. But most of all, we will pretty much watch Field in anything. That situation is created by tragedy, but it's not the only instance of traumatic loss addressed by this expertly calibrated portrait of grief and recovery, given that Affleck's loner—divorced from the mother Michelle Williams of his children—is already a deeply scarred individual with his own agonizing sorrow to shoulder. Just about everybody agreed that 2014's Ouija, based on the popular contact-the-dead board game, was a dud.
Much credit to director Whit Stillman, who manages to capture the manners and detail of the period while making the story itself feel somewhat timeless. Did that guy ever have it? They're joined by her ex, Harry Ralph Fiennes , and his seductive daughter, played by an especially on-point Dakota Johnson, and the latecomers disrupt the peaceful summer dynamic. The Secret Life of Pets The Secret Life of Pets is an American computer animated 3D Play. For some reason, not a lot of moviegoers saw Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's hilarious detective caper, but The Nice Guys is truly one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids Jonathan Demme's acclaimed career may include numerous beloved dramas and comedies—from Something Wild and Married to the Mob to The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married—but he's also the world's foremost music-concert documentarian. A story split in three, Zhangke's trifurcated drama—with each chapter shot in ever-expanding visual aspect ratios—concerns three friends caught in a love triangle on the eve of the millennium.
It stars Colin Farrell in his most impressively understated performance to date. Bad Moms is an important inclusion here, not because it's the world's most amazing movie it isn't , but because it acknowledges that motherhood is hilarious. The Treasure Released: January 8th Cast: Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei Director: Corneliu Porumboiu Police, Adjective Why it's worth your time: With deadpan delivery that would make Steven Wright jittery, this Romanian comedy tells the story of Costi, a down-on-his-luck office drone, who joins his neighbor and a professional metal detector to hunt for a fortune buried beneath a family estate. There's been a villain problem in superhero movies lately. Here, Jackie becomes more than her famous hats and suits—she's a person who's in pain.
And in the hands of Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver Survivor's Remorse , they're crucial. It's far more low-key than some of the other comic book flicks this year—sweet relief. Nonetheless, thanks to a limited theatrical run in May, Ezra Edelman's non-fiction opus is eligible for 2016 movie awards, and even in a year overflowing with gems, it stands head and shoulders about the rest. In this case, those are a mother and two daughters who, while running a séance scam out of their home, wind up in real supernatural trouble when the youngest of their clan Lulu Wilson makes contact with what she initially believes is the spirit of her dead father. As we've seen in films like Boyhood, he just knows what it's like to be young and walking through the hallways feeling judged and different. The other takeaway is that we're still waiting for Marvel to announce a Black Widow spin-off. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
The actress glows as a lonely hoarder who falls in love with a young hipster from her office. We're interested in the forthcoming sequel, but please, Hollywood, don't screw it up. They're essentially the same story, a family centric main character put in a world they struggle with before figuring it all out. We were skeptical when the trailers for The Shallows first emerged. Barry avoids hagiography by staying in the moment, weighing race issues of a modern age and quieting down for the audience to draw its own conclusions. Little Men Released: August 5th Cast: Greg Kinnear, Paulina García, Jennifer Ehle, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri Director: Ira Sachs Love Is Strange Why it's great: Everyone deserves a sharp-eyed director who makes movies about their hometown.
In this thoroughly amusing 1970s neo-noir comedy, Ryan Gosling is a bumbling private investigator who finds himself paired with Russell Crowe's for-hire enforcer on a case involving a missing girl and a dead porn star. Finding Dory Finding Dory is an American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama, adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Splashy, cartoonish action is matched by biting buffoonery that. The most hardcore thriller in years, Jeremy Saulnier's follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed Blue Ruin is another exercise in extreme, nail-biting suspense, this time about a just-scraping-by punk band comprised of the late Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner that unwisely decides to accept a gig at a rural neo-Nazi music club. Sing Street is full of optimism, always a welcome presence these days, and the songs are seriously memorable.
A sequel hits theaters in 2018. Twenty-five years later, grown under the care of an Australian couple, the expatriate sets out to locate the mother he barely knew. Also: Did we mention it stars Ryan Gosling? Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck gives one of the year's most affecting lead turns as a Boston bachelor who, after the untimely death of his brother Kyle Chandler , is saddled with custody of his nephew Lucas Hedges in Kenneth Lonergan's stomach-punch of a drama. The pair play private eyes in 1970s Los Angeles who team up to solve the mysterious death of a porn star. Lion Released: November 25th Cast: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman Director: Garth Davis Top of the Lake Why it's great: In 1986, 5-year-old Saroo Brierley becomes an accidental stowaway aboard a train headed to Calcutta -- 930 miles away from his home.
In both stories, a German interloper seeks assistance from a native shaman in his quest for a plant that reportedly has magical healing qualities, with both separated-by-decades journeys revealing the ways in which Western interlopers has affected the region and its indigenous cultures. Where to see it right now: In theaters 41. Admittedly, it's pretty much a stoner movie, but if that floats your boat, the bizarre world of Sausage Party might be for you. Did you expect a movie about talking food to be any good? The Thrillist Entertainment staff picked its , but this is every movie from 2016 -- big, small, and from around the world -- that achieves greatness. It sounds nuts, but that's the premise of The Lobste r, a strange, compelling movie that will leave you both thoughtful and super depressed. It turns out that Seth Rogen's very adult take on animated groceries is not only engrossing, but it also makes some very real points about religion and the way people from different backgrounds interact.
Complete list of in Theaters. A Bigger Splash is a pensive, European-feeling indie that follows Marianne, a rock star Tilda Swinton , and her boyfriend as they vacation on an Italian island. Creative Control is a familiar, cautionary tale, but with a twist: in the search for fulfillment, luxuries -- technology, exercise, sex, New York, drugs, art -- are slippery slopes to escape. The film version, starring Dev Patel, is poignant, introducing Saroo as both a small child being adopted by an Australian couple and as an adult looking for his former life. The Witch first terrified audiences at Sundance in early 2015 and finally got wider distribution earlier this year. As the just-about-to-retire sheriff hot on their trail, Bridges delivers one of his finest performances, radiating both wit and regret as an old-school relic who—like the criminals he's pursuing, and the beaten-down land that he roams with his Native American-Mexican partner Alberto Gil Birmingham —is on the precipice of transforming into a ghost from a bygone era.
The film's melodrama and comedy including a subplot involving a Down's Syndrome-afflicted teen texting with a dying child via emojis are overcooked, but Jaa and Jing's fighting prowess make this a must-see for genre aficionados. Story Line In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. There's nothing particularly fancy about Hush, but it does what all great economical thrillers do: It maximizes the terror promised by its premise through deft narrative and visual storytelling. Nonetheless, the true power of this rugged genre effort comes from its stars and its attention to both atmosphere and character detail. There's more at stake, with characters who seem more real than animated, and Mowgli's relationships with his animal companions are deeply compelling. In the Shadow of Women Released: January 15th Cast: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam Director: Philippe Garrel A Burning Hot Summer Why it's worth your time: This romantic drama is so prototypically French that it may cause film studies students to bleed Brie. Mostly while wearing a tiny bikini? What if all single people were banished from cities and forced to find a soulmate in 30 days lest they be transformed into an animal and loosed in the woods? Where to see it right now: Rent on iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube 37.