Top 10 Movies of 2016

This is one of my favorite posts to do every year. Dorky as it may be, I keep a running tab of all the movies I see each year, ranked in order from best to worst. This helps me remember what I've seen, but also put each movie in context with others that were released. So by the time the end of the year rolls around, I already have a good sense of what's at the top and what's at the bottom.  The major stress is really just trying to cram in all the Oscar releases and other must-see movies before my self-imposed deadline.

2016 was a great year for movies and TV, but kind of a shit show for everything else. While I saw 145+ new movies in theaters this year, I didn't get to see everything.  Here are a few I regret not having seen yet (most because they haven't been released in Chicago yet): Christine, Tower, Cameraperson, 20th Century WomenToni Erdmann, Patriots Day, Hidden Figures, A Monster Calls, and Silence.

Before we begin, let's give a tip of the hat to these Honorable Mentions: Moana, Jackie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Neon Demon, and Manchester By the Sea.  [No, La La Land is not on either list. Don't feel too bad for it though. It's still gonna win Best Picture.]

Now, on with the show.  Here are my Top 10 Movies of 2016:

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Check back soon for my "Worst Of" list, 2016 Movie Superlatives, Underrated Gems, and a peek at 2017's most anticipated movies!

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