Casting my nomination ballot this week for the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle not only helped me hone in on my choices for each of awards categories, it helped me decide on my own “Top 10 Films of 2016” list as well. (Thanks, CIFCC!) This past year turned out to be a rather good one at movie theaters in Chicago and I had no difficulty arriving at ten films deemed excellent. In fact, I probably could have offered up another 5-10 closely on the heels of those selections.
Some of those that came close but didn’t make my list include FENCES, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, ELLE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, DOCTOR STRANGE, ZOOTOPIA, KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS, 13TH, SING STREET, HELL OR HIGH WATER, MA MA, and THE WITCH. So, what did make my Top 10? Without any further ado, here are the ones that rocked my 2016 movie-going world.