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Olivia Popp’s top five films of 2016

5. “Manchester by the Sea” The movie was almost just a chance to showcase Casey Affleck, who, prior to this film, was unknown to many regular filmgoers. Nevertheless, everyone loves a good real-life drama, which is what “Manchester by the Sea” gave us. Something about this film’s sweet, sweet cinematic storytelling evokes a story near…

Amir Abou-Jaoude’s top five films of 2016

I submit this “best of 2016” list with some reservations. I still haven’t seen highly acclaimed films such as Barry Jenkins’s “Moonlight,” Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann,” Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Pablo Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Mike Mills’s “20th Century Women,” Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.” And I am particularly excited to eventually see Whit Stillman’s…

Rey Barcelo’s top five films of 2016

5. “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” At first glance, German eccentric and self-professed technophobe Werner Herzog may seem an inappropriate choice to direct a documentary about the internet. Yet Herzog’s inexperience is the film’s strongest asset, since he seeks out subjects that most filmmakers would ignore. Traveling from Stanford engineering labs to…