1/20/17

MY TOP 25 BEST FILMS OF 2016

Time once more to look back at another year and figure out what our favourite movies were! 

2016 may have been the most disappointing cinematic year in a while but let's be positive... for now.

Here are my Top 25 Best Films Of 2016.

Feel free to share your favourites in the comments!

25
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR


While an inferior, extremely derivative sequel in which Snow White is mysteriously absent, The Huntsman: Winter's War was a fun blockbuster with lots of creative visual effects and a likeable cast. Completely unnecessary, somewhat messy yet enjoyable.

24
THE MONKEY KING 2


This sequel may not have starred Donnie Yen but fans of the timeless Journey To The West story should have had fun with The Monkey King 2 regardless. A refreshing alternative to Hollywood blockbusters, this one starred Gong Li as an evil witch and it was very entertaining.

23
DEADPOOL


Certainly one of the most overrated films of 2016, Deadpool was still a fun movie which showed that superhero flicks didn't need to be family-friendly and probably shouldn't. Ryan Reynolds has a hell of a great time in the title role and there's enough silly jokes and action to keep you entertained. 

22
KUNG FU PANDA 3


Some liked Kung Fu Panda 3 more than others and although it's, arguably, the lesser film in the trilogy, it keeps that charm and colourful animation the others boasted. Great voice cast, lots of action, a more personal story with an intimidating new villain, it's all good. 

21
JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK


This relatively low-key sequel to Jack Reacher was just as tough and tense as the original and, even if it lacked some stand-out action sequences and a memorable villain, the combined badassness of Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders made it worth checking out.

20
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE


Its decision to include a Batgirl-centric prologue may have made Batman: The Killing Joke the most unpopular Batman adaptation since... Batman V Superman but fans of the iconic graphic novel should still find plenty to enjoy here from the terrific voice cast to the brutal aspect of the story itself.

19
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children may not have offered too many surprises and its time-travel plot was hard to follow at times but it was still a visual treat with a show-stealing Samuel L. Jackson as the sharp-toothed villain, lots of freaky monsters and some cool stop-motion animation.

18
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE


We all feared the worst for X-Men: Apocalypse after pictures of Oscar Isaac in costume were first released. Luckily, this was a much better film than we expected. Lots of big, destructive action sequences, lots of X-Men, one excellent Wolverine cameo and the best use of Quicksilver so far.

17
STAR TREK BEYOND


Even without J.J. Abrams at the helm, Star Trek Beyond still delivered plenty of what we all enjoyed in the last two movies: impressive space-set action sequences and our favourite characters doing all sorts of bold, nutty things. Maybe not the best in the trilogy but still a decent sequel.

16
CAFÉ SOCIETY


Café Society is not the best or most memorable Woody Allen film out there but it was still a well-told story about two characters at the brink of choosing one path or the other in their lives, sort of like in La La Land, and it was just as witty, stylish and clever as you'd expect.

15
BATMAN: BAD BLOOD


The third part in the animated Son Of Batman trilogy might have passed you by but Batman: Bad Blood was a worthy sequel which introduced Batwoman and gave Nightwing the tough responsibility of taking over for a Batman who is feared dead. Plus Damian Wayne is much less of a brat this time.

14
DOCTOR STRANGE


Marvel's post-Civil War attempt at another superhero blockbuster was definitely ambitious but it gave the Sorcerer Supreme a solid origin story thanks to a perfect Benedict Cumberbatch and some trippy visual effects. Doctor Strange was not flawless but it was a lot of fun.

13
DOG EAT DOG


It's unlikely you heard about Dog Eat Dog before its Netflix release but, whether you're a Nicolas Cage fan or not, it's well worth checking out. The off-beat thriller is surprisingly brutal at times but its dark sense of humour and a show-stealing Willem Dafoe balance things out nicely.

12 
BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS


The best animated Batman film of last year was easily this hilarious throwback to the 60's TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward coming back to voice Batman and Robin. Return Of The Caped Crusaders is not only very funny but its upbeat take on DC's grim superhero is a breath of fresh air.

11
PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY 


Many, many years in the making, Pee-wee's Big Holiday finally saw the light of day last year thanks to Paul Reubens' persistence, Judd Apatow and Netflix. Keeping the spirit of the two other movies very much intact, this was a fun, goofy adventure fans of Pee-wee Herman's must have loved.

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