PRINT December 2016

Film: Best of 2016

Melissa Anderson

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 110 minutes. Black (Trevante Rhodes).

1 MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins) In Jenkins’s wondrous, superbly acted second film, love between black men—whether carnal, paternal, or something else—is explored with specifics and expansiveness, not foregone conclusions.

2 TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade) Social studies at its finest, Ade’s piquant dissection of father-daughter bonds and the sinister banality of corporate consultancy meticulously lays bare the comedy of mortification.

3 O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (Ezra Edelman) Assiduously researched and seamlessly assembled, Edelman’s nearly eight-hour documentary about the disgraced football star is also a treatise on race, celebrity, the pathologies of sports culture, and the criminal-justice system. It is, in other words, a potent précis of this country’s past half century.

4 HAPPY HOUR (Ryusuke Hamaguchi) Centered on a quartet of female friends in their late thirties, this

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