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Top Ten Movies of 2016

1. “Moonlight” (R) Running time: 111 minutes. Director: Barry Jenkins. A young African American goes from childhood and adulthood in Miami with many struggles including his sexuality. Drama.

2. “Manchester by the Sea” (R) Running time: 137 minutes. Director: Kenneth Lonergan. A working class handyman suffering from depression has to face the tragedy in his past after his brother dies and leaves him sole guardian of his nephew. Drama.

3. “Fences” (PG-13) Running time:139 minutes. Director: Denzil Washington. The late African American playwright August Wilson’s “Fences” is transferred to silver screen by Denzil Washington. A working class African American father raising a family in Pittsburg in the 1950s.

4. “Hidden Figures”(PG)Running time:127 minutes. Director: Theodore Melfi. Based on a true story and one of many denials of black Americans great achievements. This film depicts a team of college educated African American women’s mathematical genius that leads to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to launch the first successful space missions. Drama/History.

5. “Loving”(PG-13) Running time: 123 minutes. Director: Jeff Nichols. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, married in Washington D.C., but are arrested when they move back to Virginia, a state with anti-miscegenation laws. Drama/Romance/Biography.

6. “Arrival” (PG-13) Running time: 116 minutes. Director: Dennis Villenuve. Without warning,12 mysterious spacecraft land in various parts of the worlds or aliens with a friendly mission? Three principal experts move to interpret the aliens’ language. Sci-Fi/Mystery/Drama.

7. “Green Room” (R) Running time: 95 minutes. Director: Jeremy Saulnier. A desperate punk rock band finds themselves fighting for their lives after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead compound. Crime/Thriller.

8. “Hell or High Water” (R) Running time: 102 minutes. In order to save their family’s ranch two brothers rob banks in southern Texas. Crime/Drama.

9. “American Honey” (R) Running time: 163 minutes. Director: Andrea Arnold. A teenage girl join a traveling team of young people selling magazines in the Midwest. Lots of partying and some dishonesty on the way. Drama/Road.

10. “Deadpool” R Running time: 103 minutes. Director: Tim Miller. This comic book movie is one of few comic book movies to be R rated. The satire goes deep and is worth putting on this list of best pictures for 2016.

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