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Off the Rails

Telling a story both tragic and unusual, the documentary successfully persuades viewers to empathize with a man mocked with glee by the local tabloids.

Paterson

The things that happen to a bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, New Jersey.

Fences

A classic family drama for the ages

Best of 2016

It was a very good year, so much so that there were numerous ways to come up with a credible best-of list featuring a wide range of movies.

O.J.: Made in America

A thorough look at O.J. Simpson the man rather than the defendant, and what emerges isn’t an over-the-top chronicle of the so-called trial of the century but the trajectory of a seminal American figure.

Tower

As an example of using art to bring the past to life as a way of honoring and understanding it, Tower is one of the year’s most unique and powerful films.

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s documentary passionately reintroduces and reinterprets James Baldwin for a new generation.

The Brand New Testament

Exploring other worlds, this film inhabits a Terry Gilliam or Michel Gondry zone with a wide-open heart and a supple spring in its step.

Always Shine

A compact, intense psychological thriller that leaves a lasting mark.