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Unheralded Gems of 2016




Sasha Lane as Star in Andrea Arnold's
Sasha Lane as Star in Andrea Arnold's "American Honey."
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2016 was a big year for film -  from Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed “Moonlight,” to the sweet songs and dances decorating two lovers in “La La Land,” to action-packed Star Wars spin off, “Rogue One” and more, more, more.

But buried beneath the thick were plenty of hidden gems our film critics are here to help surface. What were your favorite movies of the year that didn’t garner enough award buzz or appreciation and why?

In the final week of 2016, we also lost beloved mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, and will remember their talent, tenderness and tenacity for life.

(L-R) Actor Debbie Reynolds and journalist Patt Morrison.
(L-R) Actor Debbie Reynolds and journalist Patt Morrison.
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Guests:

Lael Lowenstein, Film Critic for KPCC

Andy Klein, Film Critic for KPCC