These were my 10 favorite movies of 2016:
1. "The Witch" – This horror film set in Colonial America delivers a striking sense of time and place (so much so that you might want to put the subtitles on to grasp the language), with life-threatening poverty as an omnipresent invisible character. On top of that, it invokes another layer of foreboding horror: The religion-fomented fears are so real to this family – including Anya Taylor-Joy in a breakout turn as teenager Thomasin -- that they become real to us. Against this backdrop, the idea of "living deliciously" as a witch becomes a viable -- although still creepy as hell -- escape hatch.