Ale’s Top 5 Films of 2016

by Alejandro Turdó

Even though 2016 didn’t provide many future classics to the big screen –mostly due to the everlasting superhero fad- there’re still a few flicks worth mentioning.

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Review: Rogue One (2016)

Many Bothans died to bring you this review.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is exactly what it says on the tin: a brand new story set in the Star Wars universe, numberless because it doesn’t expand on the Skywalker family history of hubris and redemption (if we’re to allot a connecting thread to all numbered movies) and very much its own movie, even if it’s set in such a way that it ends up tailgating the original Star Wars (1977).

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Top 5 New Directors

Maybe not *that* new, but new enough.

by Benjamín Harguindey

They have as little as a single movie or as much as Quentin Tarantino, but never mind their current output – they’ve recently garnered critical acclaim and worldwide attention, having taken some very interesting steps in the right direction and not once lost their footing. It’s very easy to recommend bona fide mainstays like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen or the Coen brothers. How about some fresh blood?

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Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Tom Ford’s enigmatic new movie is a nightmare incarnate.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Nocturnal Animals is a strange, unnerving kind of movie that suggests the oppressiveness of a nightmare without turning to surrealistic imagery or other such dreamlike tropes. Like a nightmare, it railroads its protagonist on a fatalistic journey where everything entails terrible things, and things seem to play out for the worst. It’s exploitative, less for what it shows and more because of how it toys with our emotions.

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Review: Paterson (2016)

Slice of life at its finest and most endearing.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Paterson is very much a return to true form for writer/director Jim Jarmusch, back to his simple, contemplative stories of urban wanderers without the esoteric tenets of Dead Man (1995) or the mumbo-jumbo of The Limits of Control (2009), whatever that one was about. It’s a very sweet, mellow, easy-going movie, and a deceitfully simple one at that.

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Review: War Dogs (2016)

Buddy comedy meets true crime in Todd Phillips flick.

by Katia Kutsenko

War Dogs is not an innovative movie, nor a first of its kind. It is not the first time we see a film aiming to unite both the dramatic, the comic and the emotional vectors. The comic part is perhaps the best, well-covered by Hangover trilogy (2009-2013) director Todd Phillips, whose filmography also includes Old School (2003) and Due Date (2010). The real appeal of the movie, however, lies with the main characters, with the incredibly realistic and excessive Jonah Hill and the authentic “good guy” Miles Teller.

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