2016 Movie Wrap Up

I didn’t see as many films as I would have liked, and I’ve reviewed even less. But, for what it’s worth, here’s what came out this year that I did see:

The Great

Captain America: Civil War

Zootopia — I like the direction Disney is taking their CG animated films. Frozen was okay, Tangled was great. This is a hoot, too.

Moana — Loved this movie. Full review to come…

Deadpool — What is there to say about this film that hasn’t been said? From the opening titles to the after-credits scene, it’s just so much fourth-wall-breaking goodness. Loved it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Arrival

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

The Good

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Doctor Strange

Jason Bourne — There’s no loss in quality of action, but the story this time seemed spare even for a Bourne film. Points to Alicia Vikander for her delightfully amoral character.

Star Trek Beyond

Ghostbusters

The Magnificent Seven — A fun ride that I’ll probably never revisit.

The Shallows — I considered bumping this to the “Great” section. It’s consistently nerve-wracking and almost makes sense. This is the highest possible praise for a creature feature.

Deepwater Horizon

10 Cloverfield Lane — I suspect I would have liked this more if not for the Cloverfield connection. The finale felt out of the place with the first four-fifths of the film.

Hail, Caesar!

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

The Okay

Finding Dory

Suicide Squad

X-Men: Apocalypse — There’s stuff to love and stuff to hate in this film. A full review will be along at some point…

London Has Fallen — I’ll give it this: it’s dramatically better than the original.

The Bad

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — This was right on the edge between “Okay” and “Bad” for me. Some of it was kind of interesting. A few moments were brilliant. But, man, way too many dream sequences, Snyder!

Independence Day: Resurgence — Blurgh.

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