Here’s a list of 10 good movies you probably haven’t seen

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe Staff  December 22, 2016 This story was originally published in December 2016. To see Ty’s picks for best movies of 2017, go here. Last week in this space I wrote about my favorite movies of 2016 and, as usual, a lot of people piled onto the online comments section to agree and disagree and put forward their own picks. One reader went so far as to ask, hey, “how about a list of your top 10 ever that I should have seen but haven’t?”This got me thinking. Many of us have family coming home and/or staying home and/or refusing to leave home for the next week or so. There may be times when everyone wants to watch something, no one wants to come in halfway on someone else’s favorite TV series, and the On Demand menu is a vast desert of direct-to-cable chum. There’s a need crying out here, not to mention my own desperate need to file one last column for the year. So thank you, briand7, and here are 10 movies that you probably haven’t seen and that you possibly may like.General ground rules: These aren’t necessarily classics of world cinema — just movies I’ve personally enjoyed over the years and that I hope will provide some entertainment, dramatic tension, and/or food for discussion. No four-hour Romanian documentaries about animal husbandry. Advertisement I’ve noted the On Demand outposts where each film is available; a few require Amazon Prime membership. All can be found on DVD, perhaps at your local library.As always, your recommendations are welcome. Oh, and happiest of holidays to you and yours, and best wishes for the new year. May we all learn to be kinder to each other in 2017. “The Counterfeiters” (2007) A nerve-wracking true-life suspense drama about WWII concentration camp prisoners — etchers, forgers, career criminals — selected by Continue Reading

Guest critics pick best films of 2017

Every year we get through the coldest part of winter by remembering the best films of the past year. Today we're presenting the first installment of our annual lists from critics and film buffs. There will likely be more next week and maybe the week after. Karen Martin, Movie Style founding editor, Home Movies columnist, member of the Alliance for Women Film Journalists ( and the Southeastern Film Critics Association ( Top 10 Movies 1.Get Out 2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 3. The Post 4. Dunkirk 5. Wind River 6. Lady Bird 7. Wonder Wheel 8. Super Dark Times 9. I, Tonya 10. Wonder Woman Sam Blair, Armchair Critic, frequent blood, dirt & angels contributor, beloved Arkansan: My Best Dozen for 2017 1. Dunkirk -- England's massive military rescue of a quarter million trapped British & French troops early in WWII -- virtually unknown to a generation of younger Americans -- seen up close and in panorama from land, air and sea. Stirring epic, while eschewing most of the gore of Saving Pvt Ryan. 2.Lady Bird -- Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical dramedy about turbulent family ties that bind is this year's indie champ. The "best mother-daughter movie since Terms of Endearment"? Possibly. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf deserve every accolade they get. 3.The Post -- Timely Spielberg newspaper thriller; if not quite at the All the President's Men and Spotlight level, it's close enough. Streep and Hanks are masterful; Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) as a tenacious Washington Post reporter leads a strong supporting cast. Exciting and relevant. 4.Get Out -- Biting satire that's creepy-good -- Manchurian Candidate meets The Stepford Wives. Can't say more without spoilers, but Jordan Peele's early year release goes from surface sunniness to slowly building menace to explosive catharsis. Newcomer Daniel Kaluuya shines. (Streaming now) 5.The Shape of Water -- "If I spoke about it -- if I did -- what would I tell you?" So begins Guillermo Continue Reading

New York City homicide rate lowest since WWII, stats show

New York City recorded in 2017 its lowest number of homicides since the end of World War II — just under 300 killings in a year that also saw the smallest number of shootings recorded in the five borough’s modern history. By midnight of New Year’s Eve, police were expected to report 290 homicides, down 12.5 percent from 334 reported in 2016. Barring any last minute adjustment, New York will have a murder rate of just over 3.4 per 100,000 population, the lowest of any of the nation’s five largest cities. “It is nothing short of amazing,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said earlier in December about the historic crime trends. By comparison, Chicago, which through December 24 had reported 644 killings in a city with about one-third the population of the Big Apple, has a preliminary homicide rate of 23.8. Chicago also will have at least 2,758 shootings in 2017, compared with just under 800 for New York, a drop of about 15 percent from 2016. The latest New York City homicide number is the lowest in the modern era of NYPD Compstat record keeping, which began in 1994. It is a fraction of the record 2,245 killings in 1990 during an era of major drug-fueled violence. “Murder figures in New York were never as high as they were a generation ago, they were off the charts no matter how you figure,” said crime and police historian Thomas Reppetto. “We were in really bad shape in New York in the 1990s.” As the low crime figures became apparent over several months, O’Neill attributed the declines to some core factors: “precision” policing against key offenders, anti-gang initiatives and aggressive gun investigations. O’Neill also believes, although he has only spoke of anecdotal evidence at this stage, that his neighborhood policing initiative has opened up avenues of communication between cops and communities. Neighborhood policing will be a mainstay of the NYPD going forward into 2018 Continue Reading

A look at notable deaths in 2017

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Greg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music. Comedians Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Dick Gregory left their own indelible mark with their iconic routines. And the story of the 1960s could not be told without Hugh Hefner and Charles Manson, who were synonymous with the decade in vastly different ways. Hefner founded Playboy magazine and was credited with helping rev up the sexual revolution in the 1960s. The decade ended with Manson becoming the face of evil across America by orchestrating seven murders that marked the end of the era of peace and love. Among the political figures who died this year was Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor who reunited a nation divided by the Cold War and helped put Germany at the heart of a unified Europe. Others from the political arena who died in 2017 included former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Entertainers who died in 2017 also included actors Roger Moore of James Bond fame, Bollywood star Reema Lagoo, "Batman" actor Adam West and Mary Tyler Moore. Prominent figures from the sporting world who died included Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian and boxer Jake LaMotta. Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2017. (Cause of death cited for younger people, if available.) JANUARY: Sister Frances Carr, 89. One of the last remaining members of a nearly extinct religious society called the Shakers. Jan. 2. Bud Lilly, 91. Fly fishing legend, conservationist and catch-and-release pioneer. Jan. 4. Jill Saward, 51. A survivor of rape who became a powerful British campaigner against sexual violence. Jan. 5. Mario Soares, 92. A former prime minister and president of Portugal who helped steer his country Continue Reading

Last call, 2017: See the year in editorial cartoons, letters to the editor

It’s over — well, almost. This year was chock-full of big news stories; some saddening, most maddening. We can't rehash every news event here, but scroll through 2017’s highlights (or lows, whichever you prefer) via editorial cartoons and the voices of Sun Sentinel readers.January 2017 — The era of Trump beginsLet's move beyond tears over electionEnough screaming and deriding an unknown. The United States must come to the realization that we now have a lawfully elected new president who will be inaugurated into office on Friday.Whether Donald Trump will make a good president, I don't know and neither does anyone else. I hope he will make a good president and accomplish only good things for our country, and make one nation out of the fractious nation that we have now.The factions that are shedding crocodile tears have no idea as to what will be. Hillary Clinton lost and Trump won. This is a fact. The facts of the future are unknown, but the history of the future is now and we all must stop being crybabies and see what will happen.-Larry Levine, Deerfield BeachBe disappointed in election, but don't disrespect US flagIt is unfortunate that someone in my neighborhood elected to fly the American flag upside down on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, probably because his person did not win the election. This disrespect of our American flag is not only about a new president and vice president; it's also about all the people who have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. It is about all loyal Americans who love this country.My relatives spent many years fighting in WWII and Vietnam for our freedom. To have anyone fly the flag upside down is a slap in the face and insult to every active military service person and retired and deceased veteran who has sacrificed so much for all Americans. It is degrading and disrespectful to our entire nation.If you're not happy with the election results, don't be a sore loser and soil our symbol of Continue Reading

12 Best Movies of 2017, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Photos)

TheWrap's Best & Worst 2017: TheWrap reviews editor Alonso Duralde picks out the very best of a very good year Alonso Duralde, provided by Published 6:45 pm, Thursday, December 28, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 12 Best Movies of 2017, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Photos) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery 2017 was a strong year for cinema, with achievements that can be measured on many yardsticks: It was the year a Wonder Woman got to rock the seemingly unassailable superhero genre, the year a black sketch comedian became a massively profitable writer-director, and the year when Tiffany Haddish ascended to the comedy cosmos. Corporate filmmaking may continue to choke Hollywood (and a Disney-Fox merger isn’t good news in that department), but this was a year when there was always something to recommend, whether it was blasting to the big screen or streaming to a smaller one. The runners-up (alphabetically): “Beach Rats,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “BPM,” “The Florida Project,” “God’s Own Country,” “Graduation,” “I, Tonya,” “Ingrid Goes West,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Phantom Thread,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “Sieranevada.” 10. “My Happy Family”: Currently streaming on Netflix, this import from Georgia features one of the year’s most powerful performances: Ia Shugliasvili stars as Manana, a wife and mother living in an overcrowded Tbilisi apartment with her parents, husband, and adult children. She shocks all of them by moving out and getting her own place in this powerful and often darkly funny character study. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Rose Continue Reading

Best movies of 2017

The most memorable movies of 2017 were often the smallest and most personal. First-time director Jordan Peele said he made his satirical horror film, “Get Out” because he had never seen African-American fears reflected on screen before; Greta Gerwig drew from her own life to create a funny and bittersweet portrait of suburban adolescence in “Lady Bird.” There were a few high-concept, big-budget movies that stood out from the pack -- notably Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” – but even there, it’s because you could see the director’s fingerprints all over the screen. As for “Atomic Blonde,” a trashy action flick starring Charlize Theron, it may not be a work of art, but it was just too cool and sexy to leave off the list.  Here are the best movies of 2017: 20. 'LOGAN' The sun finally sets on Hugh Jackman’s “Wolverine” franchise with a film that feels more like an old Western than a flashy Marvel movie. 19. 'PERSONAL SHOPPER' Kristen Stewart, pictured, plays a fashion model’s assistant who becomes involved in a supernatural murder mystery. Not for all tastes — it’s cerebral, slightly spacey and very French — but compelling and suspenseful throughout. 18. 'MOLLY’S GAME' Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, who for years ran high-stakes poker games for Hollywood stars (and a few Russian mobsters) until her arrest by the FBI. It’s as talky as any Aaron Sorkin-directed movie, but it also has a frenetic energy that matches Bloom’s story of misplaced ambition. Chastain is icy good leading a largely male cast; Idris Elba and Kevin Costner lend solid support. 17. 'PATTI CAKE$' This funny and very gritty comedy, about a plus-size New Jersey woman (Danielle Macdonald) who aspires to be a rapper, has more natural Continue Reading

75 books for holiday gift giving in 2017

From the pretty to the gritty, our suggested list of new books for holiday gift-giving represents a variety of genres, topics and tones. It doesn't shy away from serious or intense books, but I've kept pleasure reading foremost in mind.  Related: 101 books for summer reading In general, this list recommends books published since the Journal Sentinel's summer reading list came out in May, though I have reached back to the beginning of the year for some choices.Also, this season we're publishing our recommended children's book picks separately for easier sharing.  Related: 21 new book picks for children and teens Thanks to my colleague Chris Foran for the pop culture and baseball sections and some other picks. Some of my recommendations were inspired by and adapted from reviews by contributors Elfrieda Abbe, Carole E. Barrowman and Mike Fischer.EDITOR’S PICKS“The Big Book of the Continental Op” (Vintage Crime / Black Lizard), by Dashiell Hammett. All 28 stories and the original serialized versions of the two novels starring Hammett's unnamed detective, one of the emblematic characters in American mystery fiction.“Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” (Bloomsbury), by Roz Chast. The great New Yorker cartoonist salutes Manhattan and mocks her own anxiety. She claims this isn’t a guidebook, but it reads mighty helpful to me.“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” (Harper), by Roxane Gay. The author discloses how she began eating compulsively and gaining weight after being gang-raped at age 12. This brave book fits no preconceived template about weight, weight loss and eating disorders.“Keeping On Keeping On” (FSG), by Alan Bennett. More than half of playwright Bennett’s third prose collection is drawn from his compulsively readable diaries. Where else can you get encounters with both T.S. Eliot and Morrissey?“Meddling Kids: A Novel” (Doubleday), by Edgar Continue Reading

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017

Bernard Mcghee, Associated Press Updated 10:55 am, Sunday, December 31, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: Continue Reading

WWII veteran laid to rest in Illinois, 73 years after death

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Relatives of a World War II veteran who died in a 1944 battle in the Netherlands that was part of an Allied campaign later depicted in the movie "A Bridge Too Far" have laid his remains to rest in central Illinois. Mourners gathered at Springfield's Camp Butler National Cemetery for Saturday's funeral for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello. Aiello's great-grandnephew, Brian Aiello, said the family now has a sense of relief, but there's also sadness because many older relatives who knew Aiello have passed away during the last 15 to 20 years. "We really wanted them to be here for this moment. It's bittersweet, but it's nice that he's at least home now," he told The State Journal-Register . Military records show Aiello was 35 when he went missing on Sept. 30, 1944, during intense fighting in the Kiekberg Woods near the Waal River bridge at Nijmegen. The military later issued a presumptive finding of death. His remains were exhumed from a Belgian cemetery several years ago and identified with DNA provided by relatives. Aiello's unit had been assigned to Operation Market Garden, an Allied campaign that called for glider and airborne troops to seize bridges in the Netherlands and hold them until British armored units arrived. That operation, which failed, was portrayed in the 1977 movie "A Bridge Too Far." Aiello was born in 1909 in St. Louis. Three years later, his family moved to Sherman, Illinois, where he attended grade school and became a coal miner at the age of 13 after finishing the eighth grade. Aiello later owned a restaurant in downtown Springfield, but primarily worked as a coal miner until he entered the Army in 1942. ___ Information from: The State Journal-Register, Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading