2016 has been a year of ups and downs in the movie industry. Despite the box office woes that confronted Hollywood, there have been remarkable movies that made our year. This list comprises the ten best movies of 2016. I suggest you grab your popcorn.
Zootopia is one of the greatest movies ever produced by Disney. In the world of Zootopia, all mammals have evolved into intelligent bipedal creatures. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who has always wanted to be a police officer. As this is a job normally held by large predator animals, nobody gives her much of a chance, but she successfully completes the police academy and is assigned to a precinct in the heart of Zootopia, the city where predator and prey animals live together in harmony. Inside this fun Disney movie is a real look at what happens when different people and cultures find themselves crammed together in the same space. It’s not always peaceful, and it’s not pretty. Bias and outright prejudice exists. Some is overt, much is born from fear, and some comes from those who simply don’t think their actions through. All this is put together in a very fun and interesting way for viewing. This animation is a fantastic mixture of Action, Adventure, Comedy and crime.
2. THE WITCH
This is supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut. It is acted by stars such as Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. For all lovers and even non-lovers of pure horror, this story line provides an intriguing plot from start to finish. This story will definitely keep you on your toes and your eyes glued to the television all through. Just take a look at the small miracles achieved by debuting filmmaker Robert Eggers. The setting is a New England farmhouse in 1630 when Puritan repression conjured up evil, real and imagined. Eggers’ slow burn off a movie wants to plumb the violence of the mind. In 93 minutes, the movie explores supernatural paranoia, religious oppression, feminine subjugation and personal liberation — all against the spine-tingling outskirts of a town so remote that its very emptiness becomes one of the story’s villains.
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR
The year’s best popcorn flick to date is one of the few films of 2016 to break the sequel jinx. The Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, actually know how to get us caught up in the feud between the Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr,) and bring in Marvel’s Avengers (all except the Hulk and Thor) to take sides. This fast paced action movie definitely grabs your attention.
4. THE JUNGLE BOOK
The impressive live-action/animation of “The Jungle Book” unfolds like a daydream, tracking the adventures of young Mowgli and his pals’ bare necessities through beautiful landscapes. This is a serene take on the classic Rudyard Kipling story, especially for a blockbuster that aims to please restless children and their franchise-hungry parents. Instead of bloated action, director Jon Favreau opted for quiet enterprise. The results are vivid and much loved. Favreau didn’t care that the 1894 Rudyard Kipling story about a boy in the jungle had been filmed many times before, most famously in Disney’s 1967 animated musical version. He thought today’s technical marvels, including 3D, could bring it to life like never before. The wise man was right.
5. THE LOBSTER
The Lobster is a movie that excels at exploring the catharsis of escaping expectations. It’s a movie set in a world where being single is a crime and subordinates get transformed into animals of their choosing. The leading man David (Colin Farrell), mustachioed and pot-bellied, submerged in a wonderfully unglamorous turn is faced with a plight. He is one of the unlucky bachelors, a hapless anti-hero less interested in rebelling against the system than simply letting it toss him around. This is until he wanders elsewhere and discovers love in an unorthodox place. Romance has never been more thrilling
6. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
In this movie, even the teenagers are interested. On the first weekend before school, incoming freshman Jake (Jenner) joins his new baseball team brethren to party like he’s never partied before, rolling through disco joints, punk clubs, house parties blasting Van Halen, and every vice under the sun. The perfect cast keeps Everybody Wants Some!! light on its feet. Every foul word out of Powell’s motorized mouth kills. Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Will Brittain, and newcomer Temple Baker carve out specific personalities to perfection. He brings up a mix of macho, stoned, naive, and dumb as bricks that are all instantly recognizable. It’s the perfect kick-back-and-chill movie, a combo of fastball jokes and unexpected wisdom backed by a 1980s jukebox. I trust no one will mind hanging out with these people.
Deadpool focuses on a medical experiment gone wrong. This movie actually proves that a rogue superhero is a lot more fun with a mouth on him. Our gratitude to Reynolds and director Tim Miller for turning what should have been junk into something deliciously disreputable. Although we can’t deny that Deadpool‘s smarty-pants R-rated humor can be described as juvenile and its incessant meta antics sometimes make us feel like it was specifically produced for Internet-obsessed teenage boys. However, these qualities do not overshadow the fact that Ryan Reynolds’ pitch-perfect performance as Marvel’s red-clad, quip-spewing assassin in this profane and ultra-violent film was not out of place and melted smoothly with the rest of the play-it-safe superhero field.
8. LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
This tart adaptation strips all of the romantic fizzle from Jane Austen’s work. The movie is actually based on a lesser-known epistolary novel. However, Whit Stillman’s hands transformed “Love & Friendship” to a comedy of anti-manners in which the duplicitous Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) runs circles around the suitors she courts solely to secure her wealth. It’s biting and savory, and each viewing uncovers another layer of jokes. Whit Stillman’s flagrantly naughty take on a novel that Jane Austen wrote in 1794 is as modern and badass a romantic comedy as you’ll find anywhere. The gorgeous Kate Beckinsale is killer good as a fortune-hunting widow on the prowl. She and costar Chloe Sevigny, as her American co-conspirator, plot like the real housewives of Austen Country.
9. SING STREET
There’s no explaining why you can get knocked sideways by this simple tale of how a bunch of music-crazed teens form a band in 1980’s Dublin. This is also while the sounds of Duran Duran, the Cure and Spandau Ballet swirl around them. There are no much words to be spoken. The Irish writer-director Jon Carney captured the tenderest of moments without any ounce of Hollywood nonsense or disappointment
10. THE NICE GUYS
This thoroughly amusing 1970s neo-noir comedy is set in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling is a bumbling private investigator who finds himself paired with Russell Crowe’s for-hire enforcer on a case involving a missing girl and a dead porn star. As they make their way through a seedy showbiz landscape, Crowe and Gosling prove an irresistibly combative and cantankerous pair. What we consider even more amusing is the way Crowe’s gruff exasperation clashes with Gosling’s seeming dumb bumbling. Gosling’s impromptu Lou Costello homage is one for the ages. This comedy definitely doesn’t leave you short on laughs.
As 2016 has delivered this list of movies that made our ten best for this year, we hope that Hollywood exceeds our expectations with more blockbusters in 2017. Feel free to add any movie you feel should have made the list.