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Reviews of three new films and picks for the 10 best of 2016

 Time for that annual ritual: my list of the ten best films of the year. Many are still in theatres and a few have been brought back by the VanCity Theatre in their best of the year series. But...

La La Land is joyous, Lion will move you, and Fences gives chatty high drama

And more: a tune-crammed Sing, two best actress winners and an Emmy winner in sub-par movies, and gay teens and a cranky farmer at the VanCity Theatre

A Star Wars offshoot, Jackie as traumatized widow and what exactly is Collateral Beauty?

Also Alzheimers hits a beloved local band, a Swedish crank learns to live and a Chilean filmmaker tries a surreal bohemian life

Political lobbyists in America, a French woman re-building her life and two critical swipes at China

Also serious music for a rough neighborhood in Brazil in The Violin Teacher

A true newsroom horror, a wartime horror exposed and comic relief in music

Also Tatiana Maslany and her real-life boyfriend in a bi-polar romance

Manchester by the Sea, superb; plus the return of Warren Beatty and some girl power from Disney

Also: Brad and Marion get together in Allied, Amy and Jake ponder Nocturnal Animals and Bad Santa spawns a sequel

Before Harry Potter, before the Supreme Court and a better teen comedy filmed in Surrey

Also an unusual musical, a recycled orchestra, a real estate rebel and the Canadian filmmakers who fooled NASA

Amy Adams does sci fi in Arrival, plus other women’s stories Our Little Sister and The Eagle Huntress

Also the refugee crisis in Fire at Sea and lurid scenes with The Handmaiden

Masculine power tales in Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge and Moonlight

Also Trolls, great for kids; Tower, notes on a mass shooting; Spa Night, two strains of male identity and Lavender, a Canadian Gothic

Tom Hanks on the run in Inferno and BC progress and tradition in Koneline

Also Demon updating a Jewish myth and Miss Hokusai explaining a Japanese icon
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