Another year is in the books and with it comes another year of ranking my Top 10 movies. It’s almost impossible to say that one movie is actually the best, so these are simply my favorites; i.e. the movies that I had the most enjoyable experience watching in 2016. Click on each title to read the full review. Thanks to everyone who read, shared, commented, or liked any of my posts this year and I look forward to bringing more insight in 2017. Happy New Year everyone!
While it didn’t break any new narrative ground, Sing capped off one of the best years ever for animated movies. A great cast of characters and wonderful music made this film a fun, heartwarming holiday film for the whole family.
9. DOCTOR STRANGE
Marvel does it again. Even if it wasn’t part of a larger film franchise, it would’ve been an awesome film to watch thanks to a great cast and utterly stunning visuals.
The animated masterpieces keep on coming. This film gave us two great lead characters that are sure to become Disney classics. A few wonderful songs composed by musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda was the icing on the cake for this fun, stylistically unique adventure.
7. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Capitalizing on the success of The Force Awakens, this film manages to heighten the Star Wars mythos while providing some great original characters and one of the most invigorating final acts of any movie this year.
6. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Whether you side with Captain America or not, it’s hard to argue that the character has produced some of the best super hero films to date. This one was a well crafted thriller that successfully pitted heroes vs. heroes and produced some great action and surprisingly deep emotional moments.
A great think peace with splendid acting. Arrival was a well crafted narrative with a beautiful message and ending.
The funniest movie of the year. Ryan Reynolds was at his best and helped deliver a tongue and check, violently awesome take on the superhero genre.
3. LA LA LAND
A gorgeous throwback to old Hollywood musicals that gave us one of the best on screen duos of the year. From start to finish this movie is magically endearing.
2. FINDING DORY
One of the best sequels to date. This movie added fun and interesting characters to go along with one of the best animated characters to ever be onscreen. Chocked full of hilarious moments and enough emotion to make even the toughest person tear up, Finding Dory proved that Pixar is still the best at crafting smart, funny, and touching animated films.
Not only was this movie beautifully animated and filled with some great puns and sight gags, but it also delivered on a story that is incredibly pertinent. Zootopia is an intelligent, emotional guide to humanity disguised as a funny family cartoon and it is a much watch for everyone both young and old.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Jungle Book, Sully, The Secret Life of Pets, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Nice Guys, Sausage Party, 10 Cloverfield Lane