by Erika Bromley
For example, the true stories shown in Hidden Figures were never featured in any of my history textbooks. Thank goodness for movies! They entertain, they teach, they open minds. Humanity is stronger, better, and more informed by the stories we read and watch. We’re more civilized when we show empathy – and nothing teaches empathy better than storytelling in all its forms.
Here are twelve films that made me laugh and/or cry; that made me feel; that inspired me; that opened my mind. Some even did all of those things.
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Don't Breathe (dir. Fede Alvarez)
The Nice Guys (dir. Shane Black)
Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
7. Lion (dir. Garth Davis)
6. The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
4. Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
3. O.J.: Made in America (dir. Ezra Edelman)
2. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)
Manchester by the Sea, In a Valley of Violence, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Hidden Figures