Charlotte’s Top Ten Films of 2016!

Dec 21, 2016 by Pauline on The Nickelodeon Blog

Every year, the Nick staff gets together and reflects on their favorite Nick programming from the past year. Check out Projectionist, Charlotte Johnston’s top ten films of 2016!


The Innocents

Director: Anne Fontaine

A Foreign Focus first-run film.

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.


The Color of Fire


Director: Dorian Warneck

An Indie Grits 2016 feature film.

In this fearlessly intimate account of the moral corruption of war, filmmaker Dorian Warneck follows his father back to his birthplace of Dresden, Germany for a final family gathering. There, the senior Warneck recounts his experiences as a young man on the front lines of WWII: witnessing his city’s firebombing and enlisting in the German army.




Director: Lenny Abrahamson

After being abducted seven years ago, a young woman and her now-kindergarten-aged son are held captive in a garden shed. After years of torture and isolation from the outside world, she plots their escape from the man who imprisoned them.


Embrace of the Serpent


Director: Ciro Guerra

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.



Director: Jacques Audiard

A Foreign Focus first-run film.

Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.


Captain Fantastic


Director: Matt Ross

In the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to re-enter “the real world” after the death of his wife.




Director: Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


The Handmaiden


Director: Park Chan-wook

A Foreign Focus first-run film

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.


The Witch


Director:Robert Eggers

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Director: Taika Waititi

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.


Honorable mentions: Buffalo ’66, Hoosiers, Labyrinth