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Deepwater Horizon

A multimillion-dollar movie about mistakes made to hold onto one-millionth of a profit percentage, but it mostly finds value in the right places.
Stanley Tucci (center) and Tony Shalhoub (right) play bickering brothers running a restaurant — while busboy Cristiano (Marc Anthony) toils away — in 1996's "Big Night," a comedy drama from the Samuel Goldwyn Company.

Class of 1996: ‘Big Night’

A food film that also understands the push & pull, the pains & pleasures, and the insistent call of “the American dream” without speechifying or simplifying.

William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) contemplate clues to a murder in "The Name of the Rose," a 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel.

Class of 1986: ‘The Name of the Rose’

Umberto Eco's assessment of this movie is unkind, but his book hasn't been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.
Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.

Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Frank (Seth Rogen), Sammy Bagel Jr. and Vash (David Krumholtz) face a threat in "Sausage Party," a 2016 Sony Pictures release directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan.

Sausage Party

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's "Book of Mormon" moment — a marvelously animated, ecumenically equal-opportunity offender with hope, heart, humor, heroism & heft.
Charlie (Jeff Daniels) and Audrey (Melanie Griffith) put on a good show for her mother in "Something Wild," a 1986 Orion Pictures release directed by Jonathan Demme.

Class of 1986: ‘Something Wild’

One of Jonathan Demme's masterworks — just spiky enough to draw blood and an uncommonly gripping romance about rebellion, reinvention … and maybe redemption.

Nurse practitioner Jessica Macleod tends to Roger Brown, one of her homebound patients, in 2016's "The Invisible Patients," a documentary directed by Patrick O'Connor.

Indy Film Fest: The Invisible Patients

A documentary about healthcare in Indiana that elevates itself above other alarm-sounding peers with gallows humor, observant composition and artful pacing.
Joely Fisher (left) and Connie Stevens combat the sudden loss of cellular service on Thanksgiving in "Search Engines," a 2016 comedy from writer-director Russell Brown.

Indy Film Fest: Search Engines

Like a painfully super-sized, emotionally tone-deaf, R-rated episode of “Modern Family,” written by a cantankerous old technophobe insisting on the last word.

Yo-Yo Ma reflects upon the Silk Road Project he helped create in 2016's "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," directed by Morgan Neville.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

A splendid, generous look at the happy accidents, and intentional elation, that musicians and audiences alike have found in this fermata of fertile creativity.
The Lincoln Memorial gets an unwelcome makeover in "The Purge: Election Year," a 2016 Universal Pictures film written and directed by James DeMonaco.

The Purge: Election Year

“24” meets “The Purge,” albeit a good episode of “24" with a slicker, more skillful merger of siege-movie mentality and sociological commentary than "Anarchy."

The Phantom (Billy Zane) and his trusty steed, Hero, battle evil forces in "The Phantom," a 1996 Paramount Pictures action-adventure directed by Simon Wincer.

Class of 1996: ‘The Phantom’

Considering its lack of personality in hindsight, perhaps “The Phantom” would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic.
From left, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg star in "Now You See Me 2," a 2016 action-caper directed by Jon M. Chu and distributed by Summit Entertainment.

Now You See Me 2

By trading on its source’s tight, fun ingenuity for craven, calculated gimcrackery, “Now You See Me 2’s” only distinctive trait is making all the fun disappear.

Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) is ready for action in "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," a Universal comedy directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

"Popstar" tips more sacred cows than it slaughters, but it's also not a satire of the way we live now. It's a wise, wicked satire of the way we leisure now.
David Patrick Kelly gets the upper hand on Ben Stiller in "Flirting with Disaster," writer-director David O. Russell's 1996 screwball comedy for Miramax Films.

Class of 1996: ‘Flirting with Disaster’

A comedy with little on its mind beyond detonating farcical fireworks over a full boat of stars, but it remains one of its form's finest from the last 20 years.