Heather’s Top Two Movies Of 2016


“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

– Meister Eckhart, German Christian mystic

2016 was a challenging year for me personally, for many of my loved ones, for my students, for our country, for the world.  I want it to be sealed with a kiss of hope and happiness, so My Favorites posts are expressions of gratitude for the people who created things that made me happy this year.  I hope they make you happy, too.


These are the best of the movies I saw in the theater in 2016.  They were memorable for the sheer “butt travel factor,” because they took me away from my regular life for a couple of hours in powerful ways.  For a year that had many ups and downs, it was a gift to visit these strange places and witness the stories unfold:



Take tissues, fyi.


Arrival – I had no idea what to expect from this movie because I’d only seen the previews and I’m grateful I went in as a blank slate for this gorgeous movie. For a film about linguistics and the power of words, the dialogue is elegantly sparse and utilitarian.  It’s beautifully-shot and the message is pitch-perfect as we embark on a Trump presidency.







A great escape!


Rogue One –  A stand alone film that functions like a novella between Episode 3 and Episode 4, this installment is full of Easter eggs and connections that are fabulous for an OG Star wars fan like me.  There’s great action, beautiful scenery, wonderful chemistry, and a Jimmy Smitts cameo (swoon!).  This almost makes up for the messes that were Episodes 1 and 2.



What are your favorite movies from 2016? Please share in the comments!

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