I’ll have you know that this is the latest this website has ever posted a “10 Best” list in its six-plus year history. I want to say that 2016 exhausted me, but it didn’t. “Every Movie Has a Lesson” published a personal-best 114 film reviews in 2016. Even after a record year, there is part of me that sits here and knows there was room for more. The to-do list of recommended films and overdue titles is never empty.
I can only see so much and 2016 got my best. I juggled my own writing with co-founding, co-directing, growing, and maintaining the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. Starting from scratch, its inaugural year was a soaring success, complete with many new and invaluable friends and peers.
No matter what, I am exceedingly grateful for the access and privilege I have had (thank you press credentials and awards screeners). Let me put a bow on 2016 with my selections of the best of the year. Matching tradition on this website, each film will be paired with a link to the full review and its best life lesson. Enjoy!