This year was an especially strong one for film. Here were some of my favorite moments. They made me gasp, cry, yell "oh damn!" and laugh hysterically (and maybe unintentionally).
"Sink into the Floor" in "Get Out": Writer-director Jordan Peele throws Daniel Kaluuya in a spiraling hypnosis that is riveting, scary and beautifully realized.
The burning plane on the beach in "Dunkirk": For 90 minutes, director Christopher Nolan exhausts audiences with whirring storylines, planes and bullets against a score of ticking clocks in the World War II drama "Dunkirk." But Nolan achieves an emotionally resonant moment toward the end, where audiences and fighter pilot Tom Hardy can finally breathe.
"That sink is not braced!" from "mother!": Jennifer Lawrence's squeal from Darren Aronofsky's mad-dash allegory is probably my favorite line of the year.
Vince Vaughn tears apart a car with his bare hands in "Brawl in Cell Block 99": This isn't a joke. This is very literal. And it's amazing to watch, so much so that it'll make you forget Vaughn's turn in the second season of "True Detective."
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" in "Logan Lucky": Of all the movies that used John Denver's song, Steven Soderbergh's was the only one that earned it with a beautiful scene near the end when a young beauty pageant contestant sings this for her dad instead of Rihanna's "Umbrella."
Keanu Reeves kills a villain with a car in "John Wick Chapter 2": Also very literal. Reeves' Wick weaves a car in a bad guy's direction, jumps out of the moving car, and the car hits the bad guy. This is insanely ridiculous, stupid and amazing. Thank you, Keanu.
Also very good: Roger Deakins' cinematography in "Blade Runner 2049" should win every award. Hugh Jackman finally got a great Wolverine movie with "Logan." Robert Pattinson might be the next great actor, because he's amazing in "Good Time." Watch "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" for a reminder of Adam Sandler's greatness.
The bad: "Justice League." This makes "Batman & Robin" look like "Citizen Kane."
The disappointing: There isn't much to director Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire," and that's a shame. The same can be said for the slow, apocalyptic mess "The Bad Batch," starring Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa. Chance the Rapper shouldn't be regarded as a film critic, because the Will Ferrell comedy "The House" stinks.
The overrated: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has a good concept and cast, but its script is garbage. "Split" isn't good. Stop convincing yourself that M. Night Shyamalan is back. "The Lost City of Z" proves that director James Grey knows one pace: boring. "Wonder Woman" is better than the rest of the latest DC movies, but it's still another run-of-the-mill superhero movie.
Surprisingly not bad: I loved every minute "Alien: Covenant," especially Danny McBride going dramatic and Michael Fassbender falling in love with Michael Fassbender. Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky" is quick and light, and I should probably watch it again.