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Including movies that came out in 2016.
  1. 1.
    Arrival
    I was blown away when I saw this film on opening night. I sat in awe for the last 30 minutes. It explores so much about life, and time, and what that all really means. It also tackles the idea of unconditional love better than I have ever seen before. Amy Adams delivered one of the best performances of 2016 and still lost out on an Oscar (didn't even get a nomination). I liked Denis Villeneuve before, but this movie shot him to my top 5 favorite directors. This is my favorite sci-if film ever.
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    Lion
    I cried. Hard. The first half has one of the best child performances that I have ever seen, and while the 2nd half drags its feet abbot, the ending redeems all problems. The title explanation at the end hit me so hard. I've always loved stories about children overcoming insane odds and this one fits perfectly into that category.
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    Manchester by the Sea
    Kenneth Lonergan wrote one of the best screenplays I've ever experienced. The slow reveal of all the important information that finally culminates in that emotional boom halfway through the film stuck with me for days after first seeing it. Casey Affleck, while maybe not the best person in the world, delivered an amazingly subtle performance. It's a true character study that is shown through effortlessly placed cameras and realistically impactful acting.
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