December 30, 2016 | 5:40am
Complicated subjects dominated cinema in 2016. Take The Lobster, a strange story about finding love (or not finding love) in the modern world, or Moonlight, in which director Barry Jenkins inspected the psyche of a gay black man growing up in poverty in south Florida. Our critics reviewed them all and picked their favorites, which are listed below by month and include their respective shortened reviews.
The Treasure is a film of matter–of–fact simplicity, despite its meta-ness.
Embrace of the Serpent is a legitimate stunner in that word's truest sense.
Cemetery of Splendor
Embrace of the Serpent
Knight of Cups
In Everybody Wants Some!!, director Richard Linklater proves that his great talent is to remain light on his feet while drifting into the metaphysical.
City of Gold
Everybody Wants Some!!
My Golden Days
River of Grass
Who could resist The Tale of Tales' extravagant period costuming and set pieces lit to mimic the works of Italian Baroque painters?
A Hologram for the King
The Tale of Tales
The Jungle Book
The Lobster stars Colin Farrell, who plays a recently single schlub forced to report to the Hotel, where he has 45 days to form a romantic relationship lest he be turned into an animal of his choosing.
Despina Spyrou, Courtesy of A24
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Love & Friendship
Keep reading for more of our critics' picks for 2016.
David Farrier's Tickled would take him all over the United States, tracking down an elusive woman who has endless cash, an empire of tickle-fetish videos and a penchant for revenge.
Courtesy of Sundance Institute
It's best to look at Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as an ultra-long episode of the much-beloved British TV show.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Don't Think Twice
Into the Forest
Miss Sharon Jones!
Chad Hartigan's lighthearted drama Morris From America offers something rare: Its two central African-American characters are fully yet subtly drawn.
Courtesy of A24
Hell or High Water
Kubo and the Two Strings
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Morris From America
Bridget Jones's Baby is a romantic comedy that's truly both.
Bridget Jones's Baby
Command and Control
A Man Called Ove
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Divided into three chapters, Moonlight tracks its protagonist, Chiron, in as many stages, each titled with his name or nickname.
Courtesy of Elevation Pictures
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Fire at Sea
Arrival director Denis Villeneuve has a great eye; his images are at once elegant and forbidding.
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Deutschland
Manchester by the Sea
Martin Scorsese opens his foreword to the latest edition of Shusaku Endo's Silence with a simple, impossible question: "How do you tell the story of Christian faith?"