While I saw a bunch of movies this year, I didn’t get to see everything. So, here’s a list of my ten favorite films from 2016 from the films that I was able to see (list is in alphabetical order). Happy New Year and hope to see you at the movies in 2017!
“Captain America: Civil War”
(© Marvel Studios)
With so many super heroes (including Spider-Man’s first appearance in a Marvel Studios film) and so many plot lines, this film could have really fallen on its face. Instead, Captain America: Civil War
shines. Expertly directed by the Russo Brothers, this film is action-packed and compelling from start to finish.
(© Marvel Studios)
Another entry from Marvel Studios, Doctor Strange
is an absolute trip. Mind bending visual effects, a cool story, and great performances make this one of the year’s most entertaining films.
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
Hearbreaking and gorgeous, Kubo and the Two Strings
raised the bar for stop-motion animation storytelling.
“La La Land”
I was so taken by everything in La La Land
. Emma Stone is luminous in this bittersweet and original modern interpretation of the classic Hollywood musical.
“Love and Friendship”
(© Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions)
Kate Beckinsale delivers a show-stopping performance as a conniving, opportunistic widow in this filmed adaptation of a Jane Austen story. Biting, witty, and terrific.
Longtime Disney Animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker hit another home run with this delightful, original story set in ancient Polynesia. Such an entertaining, beautiful film.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
(© Lucasfilm Ltd.)
The first of the new Star Wars
standalone/anthology films, Rogue One
absolutely delivers the goods. Made with tremendous TLC by director Gareth Edwards and team, this is the Star Wars
prequel that I always wanted.
(© The Weinstein Company)
Long live the 1980s in this fun and touching coming-of-age pic from Irish director John Carney.
(© Warner Bros.)
Clint Eastwood directed this methodical yet gripping biopic about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who in 2009 miraculously landed a U.S. Airways passenger jet in the Hudson River after a flock of geese severely damanged the plane at takeoff. Patriotic, dramatic, and touching. Tom Hanks is brilliant as always.
Walt Disney Animation Studios continues its roll of knockout films with this thought-provoking and hilarious animated comedy. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, the anti-bigotry message so expertly delivered in the film could not be more timely.