Top Ten Films of 2016

Now I have seen a lot of films this year, in fact when I averaged it out it worked out to be about one a week which is pretty good going. I have seen films in a wide range of genres and here are my top ten as well as a few honourable mentions.

10

Zootopia

Zootopia or Zootropolis dependng on where you live is a story about a
rookie officer named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) who moves to the big city to become a cop.

Having two very different people team up helps the characters and the audience explore their differences and their prejudices as well. Nick Wilde Jason Bateman is a pretty cool character and works well with Judy Hopps.

The fil itself has a thoughtful, inclusive message that’s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation

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9

Arrival 

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as two experts who are brought in when 12 alien ships appear above the earth. Together they attempt to work out the alien language to determine why they are here.

Arrival is an interesting film about language, understanding and working together. It uses flashbacks well and has a cleaver twist that really gets you thinking.

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8

Deadpool

Deadpool is the film that fans of the character have been waiting for ever since the disastrous portrayal back in 2009’s X-Men Origins Wolverine.

Right from the opening credits you know that this is going to be a good film and it doesn’t disappoint. There is a lot of humour and breaking of the fourth wall.

He is joined by Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead from the X-men roster. Morena Baccarin doesn’t get to do as wades love interest Vanessa and while the bad guy Ajax (Ed Skrein) was a bit forgettable he still put in a decent performance.

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7

A Street Cat Named Bob

A feel good true story about James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict who had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger.

They say that you should never work with children or animals but this film seems to do really well with a street cat named Bob. The film has some good music, a great heart and a pretty good story to boot.

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6

Spotlight

Spotlight is the hard hitting story of how the Boston Globes uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and the cover up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

It has an incredible cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton,Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci.

What makes Spotlight so hard hitting is the fact that it is a true story, the ending in particular hit me very hard. This film might not be your first choice but it is one that deserves a watch.

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5

Moana 

Moana introduces a bit of Ancient Polynesian culture to the world of Disney Musicals with a great story and lots of fun songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, otherwise known as the guy behind Hamilton an American Musical.

Auli’i Cravalho plays the role of a chieftains daughter who seeks out a demigod named Maui played by Dwayne Johnson. The story itself is a bit predictable but that doesn’t take away from the performances of the songs which I just can’t stop singing along too

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4

The Nice Guys

Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling have such good chemistry together that I knew straight away that this film was going to be in my top ten list for 2016.

From the moment you start this film you are instantly transported back to 70’s LA. The film itself has a good story, some laughs and is certainly worth a watch.

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3

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue is a star wars story about how the rebels got there hands on the plans for the death star. It stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso who is enlisted by the rebellion to find her father and help the rebels get the plans.

Anyone who knows anything about star wars will know the fates of the main characters right from the off and the films handles it well. Some of my favourite moments involves the death star in action, the battles at the end and Darth Vader going to town on some rebel solders.

It also fixes one of the biggest plot holes in star wars history and introduces us to two of my favourite characters, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe who were both outstanding.

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2

Captain America Civil War 

Captain America: Civil war is the culmination of a cinematic universe that started back in 2008. The film does a great job of introducing some new characters while also showing both sides of the argument between two longtime friends.

One of my favourite parts of the film was the airport battle which saw spiderman done well for the first time in forever and a giant man who was brought down by a star wars reference.

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1.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them went straight to the top of my top ten list for 2016 and since I started the order of the list has changed considerably. However Fantastic beasts never moved from the number one spot and there is good reason for that.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find Them takes us back to the magical world we all know and love while simultaneously showing us the differences that reside in the american magical community.

It also introduces us to the brilliant Newt Scamander and his fantastic creatures such as Niffler, bowtruckle and a swooping evil that comes in very handy over the course of the film.

I had such a good time watching this film and I can’t wait to watch it again.

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As I have previously mentioned I have seen many films over the course of the year which is why I have had such trouble finalising my top ten list of films for 2016. That is why I have picked out some other films that I have enjoyed this year to give an honourable mention.

Honourable Mentions

Hell or High Water

I wanted to give this film an honourable mention as I really liked the duo of Ben Foster and Chris Pine who resort to a desperate scheme in order to save the family Ranch.

Meanwhile Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham are the officers in charge of stopping them. Jeff bridges character Marcus Hamilton has some very old fashioned views which were very near the mark.

What was good about this film was the relationships between the guys in each duo. There are several brilliant scenes where they are just shooting the breeze and the ending is just incredible.

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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange brought something new to the Marvel Cinematic universe and was so close to being in my top ten. I thought that Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job in the role and he really does go on a journey over the course of the film.

The fights scenes were mind boggling to behold, particularly the scenes that were very reminiscent of inception. The astral projection fight was incredible and the finale was actually pretty cleaver.

The villain might not be all that much but this film does do a great job of establishing the character and setting up for future events.

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The Edge of Seventeen

The reason that I am giving this film an honourable mention is because it is a film with an interesting story and the friendship between Nadine
(Hailee Steinfield) and her teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) was a joy to behold.

This is a story about growing up and dealing with change. It is about understanding that everyone is going through something and not taking friendships or potential love interests for granted.

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Nerve

Nerve delves into the online world when Vee (Emma Roberts) becomes immersed in a game of truth or dare with dangerous results. Along the way Vee is joined by Ian (Dave Franco) and soon the two of them rocket to the top of the game leader-board.

Behind the scenes an anonymous group of watchers manipulate the game making the dares more and more dangerous. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco have great chemistry and I really liked what this film was trying to do.

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