Acknowledging that there is only so much time to watch only so many movies, here are a few films to consider from the past six months of 2016. It’s the annual tradition of the Same Page Midyear Movie Review.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that Ryan Gosling got his start in the comedic foreground. If you were a teenager in the late 90s in Canada, there’s a good chance you saw him as Sean in Breaker High, that inexplicable teen show about students on a boat. He wasn’t the strong silent type, or the cool jock — no, Gosling was the needling friend, the schemer, the joke. Now, after The Notebook and his Oscar nomination and forays into music and auteurism, Gosling is generally thought of differently. What writer/director Shane Black suggests with Gosling in his new film The Nice Guys is: go back and think again. There are far worse conceits on which to hang a movie.
Week after week, the movies march on. If you’re wondering what to see in the month of May, here’s a handy guide that can help.