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My Top Picks

  1. Deadpool: Laughed more in this movie than I have in more or less any movie in the last five years.
  2. Doctor Strange: A superhero film that somehow feels as fresh as the first Iron Man film.
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: I wasn't expecting much from this but the CGI on Tarkin and Leia was awesome. The story was fairly good too.
  4. X-Men: Apocalypse: I can't say I was terribly excited for this film even though the last one was great. Thing is, it was great. Low expectations I guess.
  5. Captain America - Civil War: There's not a lot to say about this film. It was good. The beginning felt a bit talky but apart from that it was very good. The Black Panther was especially good. If nothing else, it rounds off probably the best superhero trilogy (every Captain America film was good) - It's funny too because I really wasn't looking forward to the first Captain America film.
  6. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice: This movie wasn't as bad as the critics suggested but it certainly needed some work. (mild spoilers follow). There are multiple dream sequences and a "precognition sequence) but the movie never explains them and it's up to the audience to figure out how (and why and what). -- PS: If you saw the movie but not the flash, you didn't get it. I had to explain it to the kids mid-movie even though they're pretty good on DC lore. The movie assumes that everyone remembers every little detail about "Man of Steel" but then stupidly re-explains how Batman's parents died.... again. There are plot points which hinge on ridiculous coincidences, such as the two titular heroes having mothers with the same name... And being able to hear your girlfriend knocking underwater amid the sound of exploding buildings. Also, let's just save girlfriends and mothers during the big fight.... don't worry about anyone else trapped under buildings. The introduction of other DC characters apart from Wonder Woman is very poorly handled and wasteful. Aquaman and Cyborg should have been held off for their own movies. The whole movie is 3 hours long and could have done with a decent editor as there's way too much superfluous junk in there. (The useless pointless dream sequence starring a hero and their long-dead adoptive father). I'd rather have seen a shorter movie with the promise of the additional material being available on a special-edition blu-ray. Also saw the extended version... it's heaps better.
  7. Bridget Jones' Baby: At least it was heaps better than the second film.
  8. Moana: Far better than expected. I loved the water as a character.
  9. Star Trek Beyond: Good but not brilliant.
  10. Zootopia: Another great kids animated film. I love the sloths -- pretty sure I could relate to having been served by them.


Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: I really didn't enjoy the first Alice film. I think I had to watch it three times before I really understood what it was trying to do. Through the looking glass is a different beast altogether. A much more fun film, better structured and with an awesome performance from Sasch Baron Cohen.
  • Deadpool: There's just no way I could have expected Deadpool. Wow.
  • Lights Out: I'd seen the short long before I saw the main film. I'm amazed that they managed to extend it so well. It never feels padded.
  • Sausage Party: Can't say I was looking forward to this at all. It looked crass and silly... which it was .. but it was also an unexpected whole lot of fun.
  • Arrival: I absolutely hated Arrival on my first viewing (see the review in the disappointments section). I was tired when I saw the movie and I was looking for a Sci-Fi action spectacular. I fell asleep in it too. I realised as I read the reviews that I'd missed something important and I decided to give it another go, with subtitles on for easy following, with the right frame of mind and in small chunks (over my 45 minute bus trips). I got it second time around... and yes, it's really good.
  • The Boy: A pretty good film, quite scary in places. Missed a couple of opportunities at the end but otherwise good.
  • Sully: Sully looked like a great movie was trying to get out of a dull one. When all was said and done though, it was a pretty good movie with a message that is very important today.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: I was expecting a "Harry Potter Ripoff" but it was much better than that.
  • Suicide Squad: I really wasn't interested in this movie. It turned out okay though.
  • Finding Dory: I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. I think it might even have been better than Finding Nemo. The octopus was the star though.


The Biggest Disappointments

  • Arrival: I knew this would be like Contact, which I mostly disliked. The difference is that Contact was pretty good all the way to a real letdown of the ending. In the case of the arrival, it's only good for about 30 minutes. Then you realise that it's not going to get any better. There's so many jokes I can make about this film. The only thing I was really hanging out for in the arrival was its departure... and of course, it's a perfect example of why any aliens coming here need to learn the language first. Oh, what a disappointment. (This is Review 1, see the Surprises section for Review 2)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: Forget Star Wars, forget the Hobbit.. If you want to show how bad a prequel can be, look no further than this tripe. Dark moody and faceless. At the end of the film, I still didn't know the name of any of the characters. I thought it was just me and my hearing but the kids didn't know any names either. If you don't care about the characters, you won't care about the movie. I think the sequels are all going to be ones to see on DVD.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence: There's nothing massively wrong with the plot of this film, it's just that for the most part, nobody cares about any of the characters and whether they live or die. That's the real difference between this and the original.
  • London has Fallen: After the first film, I was expecting great things but it kind of devolved into a street shootout.
  • Gods of Egypt: I was expecting a primarily SFX screensaver here but even then, I think it failed to deliver.
  • Dad's Army: All they had to do was follow an existing template. The characters were spot on but the story was awful.


All the films I've seen at the Cinemas in 2016

  1. 5th Wave, The
  2. Deadpool
  3. London Has Fallen
  4. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  5. Captain America: Civil War
  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  7. X-Men: Apocalypse
  8. Central Intelligence
  9. Independence Day: Resurgence
  10. Ghostbusters
  11. Star Trek Beyond
  12. Secret Life of Pets, The
  13. Bridget Jones' Baby
  14. Lights Out
  15. Sully
  16. Inferno
  17. Deepwater Horizon
  18. Arrival
  19. Doctor Strange
  20. Accountant, The
  21. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
  22. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Films from 2016 that I saw on the "small screen"

  1. Alice Through the Looking Glass
  2. Angry Birds Movie, The
  3. Boy, The
  4. Conjuring 2, The
  5. Cure for Wellness, A
  6. Dad's Army
  7. Divergent Series: Allegiant, The
  8. Finding Dory
  9. Gods of Egypt
  10. Great Wall, The
  11. Huntsman: Winter's War, The
  12. Ice Age: Collision Course
  13. Jungle Book, The
  14. Kubo and the Two Strings
  15. Kung Fu Panda 3
  16. Mechanic: Resurrection
  17. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  18. Moana
  19. Ouija 2
  20. Pete's Dragon
  21. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  22. Ride Along 2
  23. Sausage Party
  24. Shallows, The
  25. Sing
  26. Storks
  27. Suicide Squad
  28. Warcraft
  29. Witch, The

What's Left to See from 2016

The boldfaced titles are the ones I'm most interested in;

* Denotes titles I've acquired but haven't gotten around to watching yet.

  1. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  2. Amityville: The Awakening
  3. Arms and the Dudes
  4. Azhar
  5. BFG, The*
  6. Barbershop: The Next Cut
  7. Bastards
  8. Before I Wake
  9. Ben-Hur*
  10. Besties
  11. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk*
  12. Boss, The
  13. Brothers Grimsby, The
  14. Catfight
  15. Choice, The
  16. Collide
  17. Conner4real
  18. Criminal
  19. Demolition
  20. Dirty Grandpa
  21. Disappointments Room, The
  22. Eddie the Eagle
  23. Everybody Wants Some
  24. Fifty Shades of Black*
  25. Finest Hours, The
  26. Forest, The
  27. Founder, The
  28. Free State of Jones, The
  29. Gambit
  30. Girl on the Train, The*
  31. God's Not Dead 2
  32. Going in Style
  33. Green Room
  34. Hail, Caesar!
  35. How to Be Single
  36. I Saw the Light
  37. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  38. Jane Got a Gun
  39. Keanu*
  40. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  41. Kevin Hart: What Now?
  42. Kidnap
  43. Knight of Cups
  44. La La Land
  45. Lake, The
  46. Legend of Tarzan, The
  47. Let It Snow
  48. Maggie's Plan
  49. Magnificent Seven, The
  50. Man in the Dark, A
  51. Masterminds
  52. Me Before You
  53. Meyers Christmas, A
  54. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
  55. Midnight Special
  56. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  57. Miracles from Heaven
  58. Money Monster
  59. Monster Calls, A
  60. Monster High
  61. Mother's Day
  62. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  63. Nation Awakes
  64. Neighbors 2
  65. Nice Guys, The
  66. Nine Lives
  67. Norm of the North
  68. Now You See Me 2
  69. Other Side of the Door, The
  70. Patient Zero
  71. Purge 3, The*
  72. Race
  73. Ratchet & Clank*
  74. Regression
  75. Risen
  76. Same Kind of Different as Me
  77. Shut In
  78. Snowden
  79. Space Between Us, The
  80. Spectral
  81. Strangers 2, The
  82. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  83. Triple 9
  84. Trolls
  85. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  86. Viral
  87. When the Bough Breaks
  88. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  89. Young Messiah, The
  90. Zoolander No. 2