A glance at this year’s top box office performers may trigger a case of deep cinematic depression, suggesting a future bounded by “Transformers” sequels on one side and “Hangover” sequels on the other. But this year, I could easily have made a list of Top 20 films, including “The Artist,” “The Way,” “50/50,” “Of Gods and Men,” “In a Better World,” and the documentaries “Incendiary” and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Tough cuts, all. — Ann Hornaday
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.