Joanna’s Top 5 Films of 2016

In alphabetical rather than preferential order.

by Joanna van der Veen

Here’re my Top 5 Films of 2016.

1. A United Kingdom


A beautifully put together film telling an important real-life story of love and politics that has all but passed out of common knowledge. Brought home by two star performances by David Oyelewo and Rosamund Pike. Directed by Amma Asante.

 2. Hail, Caesar!


A madcap Coen brothers romp starring George Clooney as a bumbling film star who gets himself kidnapped. A colourful cast of characters, beautiful cinematographyand some much needed light relief.

3. Julieta


A touching tale of love, loss and guilt told in flashbacks over thirty years. Based on short stories by Alice Munro, Pedro Almodóvar directs this account of the fraught relationship between a mother and daughter in his inimitable and flawless style.

 4. Sing Street


A musical comedy drama that could warm the cockles of even the most musical-hating heart. A teenage love story set in inner city Dublin in the ‘80s, it is tear-jerking, laugh-out-loud funny and, ultimately, totally uplifting. Directed by John Carney.

5. The Jungle Book


Another retelling of one of the big screen’s most popular literary adaptations by Rudyard Kipling. A spectacular combination of live action and CGI in which it becomes hard to separate artifice from reality. Directed by Jon Favreau.

Joanna van der Veen / Writer (London, UK – 1990) Joanna splits her time between freelance translation, writing and working for a local urban regeneration project. She loves films that err a little bit on the strange side, and previously worked for a multi-language radio station dedicated to independent cinema, attending a whirlwind of film festivals from London to Mar del Plata.

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