Year End Blowout Mega Fun Time Review – 2016

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Ah, 2016, it’s been…yeah. Anyway, as the year officially closes I’ve taken the time to look back on all the movies from this year. I have experienced plenty of joy, frustration and firm “meh” moments thanks to them, making for quite the roller coaster year.  So, before a more conclusive top 10 list follows, here’s a rundown of everything I saw (or at least remember seeing) and the grade I feel they all deserve (which may differ from the ones I gave in some reviews, because I have that mighty power). No extra explanation or details, because who has time for that? Just enjoy it!

10c_1-sht_online_teaser_alt  (A)     13th-netflix (A)  alicettlg_payoff_1-sht_v13_sm  (C+)

angry_birds_ver2 (D)     arrivalposter (A+)  bad_moms (B)

batman (C-)    woods_ver5 (C-)    boss (D)

brothers-grimsby (D-)    ca-civil (A+)  central-intelligence-3 (C+)

conjuring-2 (C)     deadpool_ver9_xxlg (A-)    doctor-strange (B+)

dont_breathe (A-)   dont_think_twice (A+)   eddie-one-sheet (B)

everybody_wants_some  (A-)  beasts (B+)   fences (A)

finding-dory (B)     florence-foster-jenkins (B+)  into-the-forest-poster (C)

ghostbusters-poster (B+)  goat (B)     green (B+)

hail_caesar-2 (B-)    hell_or_high_water (A)      hunt_for_the_wilderpeople_ver3 (A+)

imperium (B)     independence_day_resurgence (D-)     jackie-poster-1 (A)

jason (C)     THE JUNGLE BOOK (A)       keanu (C+)

kubo (B+)  kung (B-)      la-la (A+)

 lights (B+)  little-prince (B+)    lobster (A+)

mag (B-)     manchester_by_the_sea (A+)   midnight-special (A)

mike (C-)     moana (A-)    monster_calls (A+)

moonlight (A+)   morris_from_america (A-)     neighbors-2-poster (C-)

nice-guys (A+)   nocturnal (C+)    other_people (B+)

ouija (B-)    passengers (D)      petes (B)

ppstar (A-)    purge (C+)    rogue (B)

sausage (B)      secret (C)       sing (A)

special_correspondents (D-)    star_trek_beyond_ver2 (C)       suicide_squad_ver24 (D+)

sully (A-)    war_dogs_ver2 (B+)    warcraft_ver8 (D-)

where_to_invade_next (B+)   whiskey_tango_foxtrot (C)       witch_ver3 (A)

  xmen_apocalypse_ver19 (C-)   yoga_hosers (F)       zoolander_two_ver3 (D)

zootopia (A+)

TOP 20 MOVIES OF THE YEAR!!

This is the list you’ve all been waiting for! I can sense your mouths foaming even from here. As per usual choosing just 10 is more than trying, so 20 will be the number. Anarchy!!!

20.  THE JUNGLE BOOK 19.   dont_breathe 18.   ppstar

17.   10c_1-sht_online_teaser_alt 16.    moonlight  15.  witch_ver3

14.   sing 13.    dont_think_twice 12.   deadpool_ver9_xxlg

11.    zootopia

10. ARRIVAL

Poignant, timely, mysterious and filled with a bevy of great performances, Arrival will stand for ages as a sci-fi
movie that forces us to confront the reality of the present in order to make a better future.

9.   JACKIE

Fueled by Natalie Portman’s best work, Jackie is a lean, beautifully shot and hauntingly scored biopic that
stands to depict Jackie Kennedy as the strong, intelligent, elegant woman who braved the aftermath of
the assassination of her husband with a lion’s spirit few knew she had.

8.  HELL OR HIGH WATER

Not only a gripping heist thriller, but a complex look into the mindset of the small town folk it depicts, Hell or
          High Water transcends other movies in the genre thanks to a air-tight script from Taylor Sheridan, taut
direction from David Mackenzie, and a slew of tremendous performances from Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff
Bridges.

7.   A MONSTER CALLS

The measure of this movie can be weighed in the tears I’m still crying. The script from Patrick Ness made for
not only an adaptation that’s as uncompromising and heartfelt as his book, but also unique in places that
count, and along with a career best performance from Felicity Jones A Monster Calls is the movie all kids
should, nay, need to see.

6.  CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Exactly what I want in a summer blockbuster and nothing less. Fun, exciting, and often hysterical, Civil War
forwards the MCU in thrilling fashion by honoring its characters and rewarding the viewers with one of their
best.

5.  MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

All at once touching, heartbreaking, charming and thoughtful, Manchester by the Sea gives Casey Affleck his
defining role in a movie about how people deal with loss and seek (or refuse to seek) redemption.

4. THE LOBSTER

As odd as it is heartfelt and hilarious, The Lobster is a rare morsel of ambitious filmmaking that’s impossible
not to be entranced by, in large part thanks to one of the best ensemble casts of the year.

3. THE NICE GUYS

Shane Black’s The Nice Guys makes the 80s and 90s buddy cop flicks it’s inspired by feel as fresh as ever with
gut-busting laughs, glorious moments of violence, a zany plot and two of the best comedic performances of the
year from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

2.  HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Director Taika Waititi is at his quirky, insightful best here with a story about a boy (Julian Dennison) and his
foster father (Sam Neill) who go off into the New Zealand bush, and in the process become the most off-kilter
family you’ll ever see…unless you live in the Appalachian Mountains.

1.   LA LA LAND

Words cannot describe the transcended, whimsical, heartbreaking, inspirational, life-affirming La La Land.
There are songs to enliven the soul, dance number to take you heart away, and performances to fall in love
with. This was the best movie of the year from minute one, and I’m curious as to why you’re still reading
this and not watching it at this moment.

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