Well it’s that time of year again and after almost 40 films I’ve narrowed it down to ten of the best that you should definitely check out if you can. General rule of thumb here before we begin though, these are not films ranked by the scores I gave them but just in order of how much I enjoyed them. Also these are all my own opinion and if you agree/disagree then you can always leave your top tens in the comments as I’d love to see your opinions.
Honorable Mentions: Hail Caesar, Zootropolis, When Marnie Was There, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Doctor Strange.
That being said let us begin with…
10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Despite suffering a lot from some George Lucas-esc moments Fantastic beasts to put it bluntly was fantastic. With some great new characters and impressive visuals this really was the return to the harry potter world we were all looking for.
9. The Jungle Book
As a kid I loved Disney movies, however unlike most I don’t remember the Jungle Book all that well despite it being a classic. That being said I absolutely adored this version of the jungle book, the effects were great, the actors did an amazing job and seeing this movie in 3D totally showed me how 3D could be used beautifully. Disney is on a roll with these live action remakes and this wass no exception.
8. Kubo and the Two Strings
For those of you who don’t know I’m currently studying animation for my university degree and stop motion animation is one of my favorites. There’s just something so fascinating and relaxing about it to me that it makes all the hard work worth it when you see the finished result. Laika are the Pixar of stop motion animation and this was no exception, with some gorgeous animation and a heartfelt story Kubo is one you should watch out for and definitely deserves it’s spot on this list.
I love Denis Villeneuve ever since watching Sicario and Prisoners and I think that he really is one of the most talented film makers out there. Arrival was a refreshing piece of smart sci-fi that kept you interested from start to finish. It was also about languages which earns it another good point from me!
6. Star Trek Beyond
Not to be deterred by the awful screening I had to endure at my local AMC, Star Trek Beyond was amazing, definitely the best of the three new films that’s for sure. Beyond is classic Star Trek marooning Krek and crew on some mysterious planet leaving them to work out how to get off. One of the best parts about this movie has to be new character Jaylah and it was a breath of fresh air after the mediocre mess that was Into Darkness.
5. Captain America Civil War
In a year full of superhero movies, Civil War was far and beyond one of the best, though for a long time it was tied with Doctor Strange at this spot. Despite a similar premise to the flop that was Batman v Superman, Civil War was incredible and while BvS couldn’t even manage to be a coherent movie Civil War felt like a Captain America movie, managed to introduce new characters without loosing the audience and felt like the perfect accumulation of all the MCU has been building up.
Moana was simply amazing. I absolutely loved this movie from beginning to end and it certainly did not disappoint. Maybe it just came at the perfect time as I saw it at a pretty rough time but managed to take my girlfriend to see it for her birthday none the less and I was blown away with it. Beautiful animation, and a soundtrack I’ve been listening to none stop since release it managed to kick the equally great Zootropolis off this list and I recommend it to everyone!
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This goes without saying really, I saw it 4 times in cinemas and those who know me know I fucking love Star Wars. Unlike Force Awakens last year this felt like a new Star Wars movie and the perfect prequel to the original film.
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
After coming out of the cinema from seeing this for the first time I was simply blown away by it. An incredibly tense movie that kept me on the edge of my seat. Don’t read anymore about it, just go see it.
1. The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys is a film I don’t think many saw, but you really should. It’s a great throwback to the 70’s/80’s with a detective movie driven by the chemistry and charm of Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe. They really don’t make movies like this anymore but I had a blast while watching it and recommend it to everyone, I don’t think I’ve met anyone yet who hasn’t either loved or liked this movie.
And that’s it! 2016 is finally over and we can prepare for the next 12 months of film until the next top ten list. Before I go though I just want to apologize for the last couple of months, from August right up until this week in fact I’ve been getting lax with my reviews, not even posting throughout most of November/December. However while I was looking through the stats I saw that despite this, people still read my reviews and came to the site and I am so so happy about that, I really appreciate it. So I just want to say a quick thanks to everyone who’s ever read one of my reviews because even if you’ve only read one, it absolutely means the world to me that you did.
Goodnight and Happy New Year.