HAIL, CAESAR! (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Dawn Swiderski)
Our own private tour of a 50s studio back lot: Greek columns, opulent drawing rooms and aquatic band stands all within walking distance of each other. Delights in exposing the machinery behind the facades.
THE HANDMAIDEN (Ryu Seong-Hee)
Like so many things in this movie, the absorbing production design represents a sly blend of styles and influences; Victorian decor and Asian architecture come together in one sumptuous estate.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Nelson Lowry, Jesse Gregg, Trevor Dalmer)
As in all Laika efforts, the miniature environments are astonishing not only for their minute detail, but for their artful attention to narrative and theme, conjuring a fantasy world that feels complete.
PASSENGERS (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena)
The sleek, ovoid futurism of The Starship Avalon is far sexier than the aspired chemistry between J-Law and Pratt, and certainly more unified in its conception than any other aspect of the movie.
THE WITCH (Craig Lathrop, Mary Kirkland, Andrea Kristof)
Builds a stark visual atmosphere that's thoroughly suffocating despite its minimalism. The scratchy wooden interiors are stifling; The withered, truly God-forsaken landscape outside even more so.
La La Land (David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Austin Gorg)
Live By Night (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Christa Munro, Bradley Rubin)
Allied (Gary Freeman, Raffaella Giovennetti, Jason Knox-Johnston)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont, Lee Sandales)
Silence (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Wen-Ying Huang)