Listed in alphabetical order--not in order of preference.
Captain Fantastic - (Matt Ross). Unorthodox home schooling at its best.
The Eagle Huntress - UK (Otto Bell). Mongolian girl trains an eagle for hunting.
The Handmaiden - S. Korea (Chan-Wook Park). Exotic, entertaining tale with intrigue and humor.
Hell or High Water - (David Mackenzie). A contemporary western with surprising twists.
Hidden Figures - (Theodore Melfie). Drama about 4 female mathematicians at NASA in the 1950’s.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Australia (Taika Waititi). Unlikely bonding of a runaway boy with a grumpy old man.
I am not your Negro - (Raoul Peck). A radical view of race in America as seen by James Baldwin.
Jackie - (Pablo Larrain). Dramatization of Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination.
Kubo and the Two Strings - (Travis Knight). Animated magical story of a Japanese boy.
La La Land - (Damien Chazelle). A musical about two people in show business trying to make it together.
Loving - (Jeff Nichols). Account of a multiracial couple’s efforts to be married in Virginia.
Manchester by the Sea - (Kenneth Lonergan). Guardianship of a nephew is at issue.
Moana - (Ron Clements et al.). Animation about a princess who must go on a heroine’s journey to save her people.
Moonlight - (Barry Jenkins). Story of a boy growing up in a drug-infested neighborhood.
Nocturnal Animals - (Tom Ford). Artistic rendering of parallel stories, one a thriller.
Paterson - (Jim Jarmusch). A gentle, poetic, and warmly humorous look at a slice of humanity.
Queen of Katwe - (Mira Nair). A chess-playing Ugandan girl tries to escape poverty.