Film: Best of 2016

J. Hoberman

Bruce Conner, Three Screen Ray, 2006, three-channel digital video, black-and-white, sound, 5 minutes 14 seconds. Still from the 2016 HD digital remastering.

1 THREE SCREEN RAY (Bruce Conner) This superkinetic triptych, created by the artist in 2006 using material from his 1961 film Cosmic Ray, was the moving-image high point of, as well as a synecdoche for, MoMA’s recent Conner retrospective, “It’s All True”—itself a triumph of installed film pieces.

2 O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (Ezra Edelman) Nearly eight hours in length, Edelman’s documentary meditates on O. J. Simpson as a person and as a construct even while using his life as a text illuminating the force of race and the nature of justice in late-twentieth-century America—and beyond.

3 TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade) Humanism lives in this epic father-daughter farce that, once it gets going, is also a remarkable disquisition on contemporary Europe. Ade’s movie gets an extra zetz of actorly energy for being mainly set in Romania and thus, in its bravura performances, functioning as

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