Top 50 Best Films of 2016

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With 2016 quickly becoming a distant memory, and rightfully so, I thought we should pause to reflect the good that came out of said year, specifically the good films.

However, if you want to revel in the year we don’t talk about anymore, feel free to relive the very worst films the year had to offer here in my ‘Top 10 Worst Films of 2016’ list.

In this list I am going to take you through my 50 favourite films of the year, I’m sure you have read enough of these lists to get the gist; UK releases, I didn’t see every film out this year, and movies are subjective. So without further ado lets start with some honourable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut but I enjoyed or appreciated to some degree!

Honourable Mentions; ‘A United Kingdom’, ‘Concussion’, ‘The VVitch’, ‘Disorder’, ‘Goosebumps’, ‘Anthropoid’, ‘Trumbo’, ‘American Honey’, ‘When Marnie Was There’, ‘Sausage Party’, ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ & ‘Youth’.


#50. Office Christmas Party

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To start of my countdown we’ve a film that you probably won’t see appearing on too many positive end of year lists. However, ‘Office Christmas Party’ manged to do what few other comedies could do this year, make me laugh. It’s certainly not a great film but in terms of a throwaway comedy for a bit of fun it works really well. The likeable cast give the film a massive boost and it’s the performances from Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston which make it so enjoyable. 

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#49. Sully

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‘Sully’ saw director Clint Eastwood and leading man Tom Hanks take on the true story of the miracle on the Hudson River. Whilst at first I wasn’t liking the direction in which the movie was going when the narrative settles down and tells it story in a straightforward manner ‘Sully’ becomes very compelling. Overall the performances and direction are good and what’s so refreshing is the concise running time meaning that this biographical drama never over stays its welcome.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#48. Chi-Raq

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There are a couple of films on this list that are just so bizarre that they have to be seen to be believed, ‘Chi-Raq’ is one of them. The film is spoken completely in verse, almost making it a musical which somehow works instead of feeling jarring. The performances across the board are strong, especially considering some of the absurd scenes the cast star in and although the film is better in parts than as one cohesive film the successful juggling of tone from political messages to off the wall comedy has to be praised. 

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#47. Everybody Wants Some!!

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From director of ‘Boyhood’, Richard Linklater, 80s college comedy ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ is next on my list. After the ‘Boyhood’ buzz completely passing me by I wasn’t sure what to expect from Linklater’s most recent project. However, what we got was a very authentic and natural comedy that was very entertaining. I enjoyed how the narrative was so free with nothing holding it down and the ensemble cast deliver the comedy very effectively, all set to the backdrop of a killer soundtrack. ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ was one of the years biggest surprises for me. 

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#46. A Street Cat Named Bob

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The art of film is such a great medium for telling stories, but it’s even more special when they are true stories. This is the case for ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, the true story of busker James Bowen and his struggles to overcome drug addiction. The film features a small number of impressive performances, none more so than Bob the cat, that help bring the narrative to life in a wonderful way. A further bonus are the original songs that we get to hear thanks to Bowen’s busking, which will have you tapping your feet in between the many scenes of humour and emotion.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#45. The Siege of Jadotville

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‘The Siege of Jadotville’ was one of two war dramas to feature Northern Ireland’s own Jamie Dornan in 2016. However, it’s the Netflix Original that makes my list. Once again it’s the remarkable true story that gives such strength to a film and when enhanced by likeable characters and engaging battle sequences this film becomes effortlessly entertaining. I’ll admit I would have liked to have seen some more character development but the film is worth seeing just to learn about the real life story of these men alone.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#44. The Jungle Book

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‘The Jungle Book’ deserves to be on every end of year list due to its visual masterclass alone. With almost the entire film being a result of CGI, it’s so impressive to watch and every detail is so meticulously created that you’ll easily get lost in the jungle environment. The film itself isn’t that spectacular but I liked how the narrative developed from the original animation and the right amount of musical moments were included. Thanks to being a technical masterpiece, Disney have hit yet another home run with this remake.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#43. The Finest Hours

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Another effort from Disney was disaster drama ‘The Finest Hours’. This feels like an old school Hollywood movie, it’s got a charming central romance at it’s core of the true story that it tells. With impressive special effects and engrossing action the film easily draws you in and is accompanied by a pleasant recurring musical theme throughout. The cast features some big names but it’s Chris Pine and Casey Affleck who get the most screen time, both do well but it’s the cast as a whole which make the film work so well.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#42. Morgan

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Almost entirely panned by critics and audiences upon its release ‘Morgan’ failed to make much impact in the cinematic year. On the other hand I was very impressed with the movie, the directorial debut of Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott. The film introduces us to a wide range of interesting characters in an isolated setting. The cast do well to bring these characters to life with Paul Giamatti & Kate Mara standing out. ‘Morgan’ is a no nonsense, action packed artificial intelligence flick which has been massively overlooked.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#41. Hell or High Water

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An overall favourite for many this year, ‘Hell or High Water’ certainly has plenty going for it. The leading cast all perform brilliantly but it’s Jeff Bridges that steals the show in his supporting role. The chemistry that Chris Pine and Ben Foster have as on screen brothers does a lot to help the film along too. The narrative for the film is simple but effective, although if the pace had only have been slightly more consistent this film would be much higher on my list, despite this though the film is a fantastic modern western and a sure highlight of 2016.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#40. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Quite possibly Michael Bay’s most credible film to date ’13 Hours’ is the best bet you’d have for trying to convert one of his skeptics. The director is right at home in this war setting and has crafted an entertaining yet informative retelling of this true story. In his most restrained film yet, Bay balanced action, humour and emotion very well thanks to the inclusion of such likeable characters. As per usual it holds quite a hefty running time but if you make yourself aware of this before going in it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#39. Elvis & Nixon

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For me ‘Elvis & Nixon’ was all about the performances. With a run time not even reaching the ninety minute mark and the narrative focusing solely on the meeting of these two real life figures there wasn’t much meat here for a stimulating story. However, it is the interaction between Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey that gives the film its strength. Often with hilarious results the pair have a wonderful chemistry and I particularly enjoyed Spacey’s turn as President Richard Nixon. Another under appreciated effort from the year and one I’d recommend seeking out if you haven’t already seen it.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#38. A Bigger Splash

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Strong performances are also at the centre of ‘A Bigger Splash’, an erotic-thriller from early on in the year. The isolated collection of characters allows for a great exploration into each of them, always made entertaining by the cast which includes Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. The dialogue and tension allow the film to become stimulating which makes up for a slightly lacking narrative but once again it is the performances of a talented cast that make this one worth checking out.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#37. Arrival

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‘Arrival’ has been said by many to be the greatest sci-fi film of the decade, and whilst I wouldn’t go that far and haven’t been enamored with it in the same way as most I still very much appreciate it as a film. Denis Villeneuve continues to showcase his strength as a filmmaker and has crafted an elevated piece that doesn’t have to rely on action sequences to entertain. Breaking down the very basics of our interaction as a species, Amy Adams performance should earn her an Oscar nomination and I predict that won’t be the only category ‘Arrival’ will excel in come awards season.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#36. Tale of Tales

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Unpredictable is probably the word most accurate to use to describe ‘Tale of Tales’. This film is a weird and wonderful collection of storylines which constantly keeps the audience in a state of shock but in the best way possible. The score by Alexandre Desplat seamlessly connects the three main narratives which are performed by a talented cast spawning many great performances. One of the more bonkers films of the year but certainly not one to be missed.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#35. Midnight Special

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In a year where child actors dominated, ‘Midnight Special’ was one of the first films to give us one of these special performances, courtesy of Jaeden Liberher who plays Alton here. He’s in great company too, with Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton & Adam Driver all featuring. The cast are all wonderful and the narrative chooses to focus on relationships within the setting of a sci-fi story. So whilst the narrative could have delved deep into the complexities of the science fiction, it doesn’t. This will have no doubt frustrated some but there is so much else in this film worth attention that I think writer and director Jeff Nichols got it spot on.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#34. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Wonderfully returning to the wizarding world of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling and director David Yates have successfully rebooted this already massive franchise. With Newt Scamander replacing ‘the boy who lived’ as the main character, the film already has a much more likeable and watchable hero. There’s fun to be had but also world building to be done in this series starter and whilst the correct balance isn’t always quite achieved there are elements from both to be enjoyed here. Though the film is worth seeing for the niffler alone!

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#33. Zootropolis

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There is a lot going on in Disney’s latest animated classic, ‘Zootropolis’. The animation itself is of course a technical achievement, but what else can we expect from Disney? I’ll admit that I found the picture a little preachy in its message and the fun takes a bit of a back seat in this film as a consequence. This isn’t too much of an issue though as the message is a very important one and there is still comedy and emotion present too. With a huge voice cast recruited as well it’s hard not to enjoy yourself, Jason Bateman and Idris Elba were the standout performers for me.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#32. 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Secret sequels are a thing now and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was the best one we got this year. Although I have some grips with the connection to ‘Cloverfield’, I still rate this film very highly. It’s a well crafted thriller, with possibly the best performance I’ve ever seen from John Goodman. The rest of the small cast also excel making this a claustrophobic, uncomfortable but ultimately thoroughly entertaining movie.   

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#31. The Light Between Oceans

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What I thought would be nothing more than a weepy awards bait effort actually turned out to be an involved drama which easily held my attention. The narrative was constructed well, allowing the audience to contemplate what they would do if faced with the same situations as the characters here. Played by Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander & Rachel Weisz each of these performers adds quality to the picture and helped make ‘The Light Between Oceans’ a very compelling drama.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#30. Don’t Breathe

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The thriller was a genre that 2016 constantly delivered in and ‘Don’t Breathe’ was one of the best the year had to offer. With many ridiculously tense sequences coupled with thrilling action and a creativity for the home invasion genre that impressed this film is relentless. The dark narrative will be too much for some viewers and edges it closer to the horror genre at times however I loved this and found it only to enhance the cinematic experience.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#29. Café Society

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Whilst I have been a fan of Woody Allen’s modern films it has been more widely accepted that it was this year’s effort ‘Café Society’ that was his return to form. As would be expected the film looks the part, Allen effortlessly transports audiences back to the 1930s and entertains with lavish parties and appropriate music. The cast all take to Allen’s characters very well meaning that both lead and supporting performers all get a chance to shine combining to offer an enjoyable narrative.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#28. Money Monster

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Films focusing on finance are not usually my kind of thing, thankfully ‘Money Monster’ managed to blend these themes with some high stakes action creating a competent action thriller. The main cast all fulfill their roles well, Clooney stole the show for me as the over the top television host but Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell deserve much praise too. A concise running time and fast paced narrative made for a really enthralling watch which will easily be enjoyable on repeat viewings. 

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#27. Spotlight

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I can see why ‘Spotlight’, the winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards picked up this award.  The film follows an investigative journalist team from the Boston Globe who attempt to uncover years of abuse in the Catholic Church. I never thought a film with this premise could be entertaining but the narrative is put together so well that it couldn’t not be. Adding to this is of course the fantastic performances, Mark Ruffalo should have collected the award for Supporting Actor but even at this he’s only one member of a cast who all smash it. If you haven’t seen ‘Spotlight’ yet please have a watch.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#26. Deepwater Horizon

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ is easily the best disaster flick of the year and maybe surprisingly one of the most emotional as well. The film is refreshingly refined with its length and doesn’t over dramatise this real event. It informs and entertains in equal measure whilst paying respect to those who have been affected by this tragedy in a very real way. The film has certainly got me looking forward to future collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg on new film ‘Patriot’s Day’.

 To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#25. Bleed For This

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Who’d have thought that Miles Teller could play the lead role in a boxing biopic!? I certainly doubted the casting choice here in ‘Bleed For This’, the boxing tale of comeback king Vinny Paz. Teller proved me so wrong as he was actually pretty brilliant here, with his career best performance second only to ‘Whiplash’. As well as the lead performance the film has many likable characters, a good mix of humour and drama and a unique slant on the standard boxing narrative which meant the film was well worth a shot.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#24. The Girl on the Train

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Undoubtedly the entry that I shall receive the most stick for, the incredibly poorly received film adaptation of ‘The Girl on the Train’. Other than a slightly incoherent story telling method I had no complaints with this movie and subsequently was quite gripped by it. Emily Blunt’s confident central performance anchors the film and allows the mystery to unfold around her. I enjoyed the collection of characters and the progressive revealing of information and plot meaning that for me this was another success for the thriller genre in 2016.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#23. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Brilliantly adding quality to the already existing Star Wars canon, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is the prequel that the original trilogy should have got years ago. The film works on more than just a companion film level though. The finale is wonderful and is full of so many quality elements but it may just be the final moments where we at last get to see the potential of one character in particular that ‘Rogue One’ will be remembered for.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#22. Green Room

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‘Green Room’ once more showcases the strength of the thriller genre this year. With brutal violence and an unhealthy amount of tension the film is at times difficult to watch. Through their performances, the cast including Anton Yelchin, bring the horror of their characters situation to life in such a believable fashion. It may well be Patrick Stewart who comes across as most memorable though with a chillingly sinister turn as the films main antagonist.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#21. Demolition

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As a whole film ‘Demolition’ isn’t all that effective but there are just too many great moments within the narrative to leave it out of my end of year list. As a massive fan of Jake Gyllenhaal maybe I’m biased but as always he performs superbly. There are inspired moments of comedy and dialogue littered throughout the movie and it has an interesting interpretation of grief. So although the individual pieces of ‘Demolition’ don’t quite connect together that smoothly these isolated moments make for a lot of entertainment.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#20. Star Trek Beyond

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Coming out on top during a summer of flopping blockbusters, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ was one of the few films to save the summer months from being a complete disaster. Content with being it’s own film, not setting up future installments, this sci-fi flick was fun for the sake of being fun. Mixing up the usual character groups, lively action and a funny script meant that ‘Star Trek Beyond’ continued to mimic the success of the previous two films in it rebooted series.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#19. Nocturnal Animals

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With the finest editing of any film this year, Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ was a brilliant and superior follow up to his directorial debut ‘A Single Man’. Telling three stories at once in a coherent manner is no small task but Ford manages this with ease. He also gets the most from a very talented cast with Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson all getting moments to shine. A thought provoking, thrilling and entertaining film, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ isn’t to be missed.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#18. The Fundamentals of Caring

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The second of two Netflix Originals on my list this year is ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’. The film had to have a place amongst my favourites for several reasons. The chemistry between lead actors Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts was one, watching these two characters get to know each other was hilarious but also very touching and worked well as the centre for the film. The road trip nature of the film worked well too, offering many opportunities for laughter and drama, also who knew Selena Gomez could act!?


#17. The Invitation

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Taking the title for the best thriller of the year has to be ‘The Invitation’. This was a film I had heard very little about and I don’t think it even received a cinematic release where I am. I caught this film on Netflix one night and was gripped from start to finish. The narrative has a wonderful sense of dread and an air of mystery to it. Even when all is revealed the tension doesn’t ease and the film never ceases from its powerful suspense. ‘The Invitation’ also features a fantastic performance from the criminally underrated Logan Marshall-Green, go watch it! 


#16. Deadpool

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In a year of very mixed quality for comic book movies (CBMs), ‘Deadpool’ stuck up its two fingers and was exactly what it wanted and should have been, a crude yet hilarious, violent action orgy. Ryan Reynolds embodies this role and his passion for this character just shines through. This film only improves with re-watches and will forever be one of the best CBMs we’ve ever got.  

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#15. The Neon Demon

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Quite possibly the most unique cinematic experience of the year for me was ‘The Neon Demon’, a film that I couldn’t blame you for hating. It’s extreme content and sparse narrative will alienate many viewers but there is so much to love aside from this. The film for me was a visual and audible experience like no other, the combination of visuals through costume design, props and images was a constant indulgence. When layered on top of the pulsating score from Cliff Martinez this was a Nicolas Winding Refn trip I just didn’t want to come down from.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#14. The Shallows

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With ‘Jaws’ being one of my all time favourite films and watching the shark genre as a whole being somewhat of a hobby for me, ‘The Shallows’ was easily one of my most anticipated films of the year. Thankfully, the film did not disappoint and I know it’s been said before but it is the best shark movie since ‘Jaws’. Matching sinister tension with fun blockbuster action ‘The Shallows’ has a bit of everything that makes shark movies so entertaining, with Blake Lively confidentially leading the film too what was not to like!?

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#13. Captain America: Civil War

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The third Captain America film to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and arguably the film with the highest stakes yet, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was a massive deal. It’s by no means perfect but one thing that is perfect about it is that airport fight scene. This was the culmination of so many years and films and damn was it worth it. Finally having Spider-Man fight alongside all our other favourite heroes as well was more than any fan could have asked for. This scene aside the rest of the film has a lot going for it too but even the airport scene by itself would make it on to this list.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#12. Room

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An Oscar favourite from the start of the year and one of only two films I awarded a perfect score to this year, ‘Room’ captivated audiences with it’s touching story of a mother and her son. Adapted from the popular book the film told this story in a powerful way, easily provoking the most emotion of any film in the last twelve months. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are wonderful to watch in the leading roles, Larson rightfully won an Oscar whereas Tremblay was snubbed but the film doesn’t need any awards recognition to prove how good it is, have a watch and tell me otherwise.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#11. Creed

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Just when you thought the ‘Rocky’ franchise was completely out for the count along comes ‘Creed’, a reboot to the series we didn’t even know we wanted. What has been accomplished here is quite something though. The film manages to pay respects to the original films perfectly whilst also becoming its own thing. Michael B Jordan is a fantastic lead in his career best performance, it’s arguably the same for Sylvester Stallone who won a Golden Globe for his work here. ‘Creed’ is a great ‘Rocky’ film, possibly the best, but it’s also just a great boxing movie and it’s essential viewing for 2016.


#10. Train to Busan

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The only foreign film to make it on to my list this year is ‘Train To Busan’. Albeit I didn’t see nearly as many foreign films as I wanted to this year but the only one I loved of those I saw was this South-Korean zombie flick. The film was just so much fun and it had a wonderful scale to it. The spectacle of the action was fantastic and the variety in the narrative was impressive meaning you laugh, cry and scream while watching!

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#9. The Revenant

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So much has been said about ‘The Revenant’ over the year and it’s proved more divisive now more audiences have seen it. I’m a huge fan of this film, I find it to be the perfect balance of cinema as an art form and entertainment. With beautiful cinematography, chilling music and minimal dialogue I was able to appreciate the art. Whereas with the fantastically directed action, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar winning performance and the harsh drama I was entertained. The two blended together with such craftsmanship and I was so happy to see Alejandro González Iñárritu collect the Best Director Oscar for this.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#8. Kubo and the Two Strings

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Now we come to the best animation of the year, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, the wonderful creation from stop-motion animation studio, Laika. The work that goes into these types of animations will never fail to amaze me, and what a finished product we have this time!? The film is beautiful and this is before we get any story or dialogue. These elements are also brilliant combining together to give the film an effortless coolness to it. The voice cast give that final layer of class to the animation and make sure that this easily blew anything Disney could throw at it this year out of the water.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#7. Sing Street

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‘Sing Street’ is the type of cinematic gem that doesn’t come around too often. Taking audiences back to an eighties Ireland, director John Carney has created a modern classic full of feel good tunes that you’ll be singing for months to come. The original soundtrack is fantastic, blending the sound of the era with comedy and drama to make a fitting companion for the film. ‘Drive It Like You Stole It’ is the highlight of both the film and the soundtrack but is only one joyous sequence out of such a wonderful film which includes many.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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DC and Zack Synder’s second film in the DC Extended Universe and probably the most anticipated film of the year, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ was the cinematic marmite of 2016. As you can see I loved it, I’m aware it is laden with flaws none more so than it’s editing. However I can excuse this thanks to so many awesome elements that Synder and co got right. Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL provided a spectacular score to accompany the film, reaching it’s highlight amongst the finale where we see Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman all inhabit the same screen and kick some serious ass. The finale for the film was some of my favourite film work all year and as a result I saw this film multiple times at the cinema.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#5. Captain Fantastic

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‘Captain Fantastic’ tells the story of a family unit maneuvering through a difficult time in all of their lives and it does so in wonderful fashion. The nature of the story demands a cast ranging in age and experience but the final composition is so perfect that you’ll instantly fall in love with this family of misfits. Many of my biggest laughs at the cinema this year came from this film but it was the way in which the film could take you from absolute hilarity to such raw emotion that really impressed me. As well as this the subject matter of the narrative allows the audience to become involved and asks questions of them, meaning ‘Captain Fantastic’ achieves several impressive cinematic feats whereas many films would be content achieving only one.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#4. Bone Tomahawk

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‘Bone Tomahawk’ is a western with an injection of horror running all the way through it. This film is so shocking, it made me gasp like I never have before when watching a film. Not one for the faint hearted, this western horror mash up is brilliantly brutal. The small cast including Kurt Russell & Richard Jenkins are superb and offer up effective drama and comedy when required. I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did when watching something so savage but this only further showcases the talents of first time director S. Craig Zahler who balances the tone so perfectly.

  To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#3. The Nice Guys

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For me the funniest film of the year without a doubt was ‘The Nice Guys’. This was much due to Ryan Gosling and his hilarious performance, he has a real talent for comedic acting. He proved this through his physical comedy but also in his line delivery. The chemistry he had with co-star Russell Crowe was also a massive help and Crowe performs very well too. Credit has to go to Shane Black though who wrote and directed ‘The Nice Guys’, it was so good to have an original film of such a high quality come out this year, more of this please!

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#2. The Hateful Eight

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Any year in which Quentin Tarantino releases a film there is a pretty high chance it will end up number one of my end of year list. So I’ll be double dog dammed, just missing out on this years top spot is ‘The Hateful Eight’. Many were disappointed with Tarantino’s latest effort, why I’ll never know as it probably rates as all time top three Tarantino for me. The ensemble cast are fantastic at bringing Tarantino’s characters to life, Walton Goggin’s performance being my favourite. I loved the whodunit narrative which was given intrigue and mystery through Ennio Morricone’s Oscar winning score and the inevitable bloodbath we’ve come to expect from this director did not disappoint.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


#1. Eddie The Eagle

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‘Eddie The Eagle’, probably one of the most unlikely contenders to top a list like this, but that’s almost the charm of the film. I can honestly say that I haven’t seen such a feel-good film in a long time. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman are on top form here delivering a funny, inspiring and heartwarming tale of following your dreams and never giving up. It’s cheesy and cliched but it’s got such an ambitious spirit which is just irresistible. The soundtrack fits the film perfectly with the highlight being a training montage to Hall & Oates ‘You Make My Dreams’ which only got me further on board with the characters and drama. The film takes you right to the top of those ski slopes and as Eddie jumps you jump with him, making the film a soaring cinematic success and my favourite of the year.

To read my full REVIEW click HERE.


Thanks for reading my list and please let me know what your favourite films of the year were! Leave a comment below or drop me a tweet over at @HCMovieReviews.


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3 thoughts on “Top 50 Best Films of 2016

  1. Yes! I specifically remembered you giving Eddie The Eagle a 10/10 before reading this so I’m glad it didn’t seem to diminish over time!

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