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12.27.2016

2016 In Review - Movies

Ready to take a look at all the movies I saw in the theater this year and pick a favorite? Let's do it!

Here's what I saw...
(the below links will take you to my review of the film here on the blog)

Brooklyn - a quietly beautiful film showcasing one actresses's amazing performance.


Spotlight - the true story that brought home the Oscar last year for Best Picture.


The Revenant - a cinematic masterpiece that brought home the Golden Globe last year for Best Motion Picture - Drama.


Zootopia - a children's story that wasn't afraid to tackle some really grown-up topics.


Captain America: Civil War - an action packed summer blockbuster.


The Jungle Book - a classic re-imagined with amazing computer animation.


Finding Dory - the long-awaited sequel to one of Pixar's best.


Ghostbusters - the successful and timely reboot of a beloved classic.


Florence Foster Jenkins - a sweet tale of love and music.


The Shallows - a story of one woman's will to survive.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople - a story about creating a family in the most unexpected of ways.


War Dogs - the true story of the business of war.


A Tale of Love and Darkness - a foreign language film set in a dark and complicated time in history.


Bridget Jones's Baby - the final chapter to a favorite romantic comedy.


The Accountant - a surprisingly upbeat and funny film about a crooked accountant.


Inferno - a mystery thriller with a longtime favorite character.


Trolls - a colorful and fun film for children.


Dr. Strange - a mystical superhero film with great special effects.


Passengers - a tale of the lengths one will go to avoid loneliness.

So, many good films to choose from this year! I really loved BrooklynSpotlight, and The Revenant, but I feel like they were really carryovers from 2015 and got their much deserved accolades during the last awards season. I also enjoyed, The AccountantFlorence Foster Jenkins, and Ghostbusters. All were fun and funny in very different ways.

However, if I had to pick one, it has to be Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It was quirky and fun, but really sweet and touching too. Great performances from Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison. The whole film felt fresh and new, and was simply delightful from beginning to end. I highly recommend checking this one out (it's currently streaming on Hulu).

What was your favorite film of the year? I can't wait for awards season! The Golden Globes are the first weekend in January, and Oscar nominations are right around the corner.

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