Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2016

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2016….

  1. Arrival
    dir. Denis Villeneuve
    starring: Amy Adams

    ARRIVAL

  2. Moonlight
    dir. Barry Jenkins
    starring: Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae, Naomi Harris, Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome

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  3. Jackie
    dir. Pablo Larrain
    starring: Natalie Portman

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Best Animated Feature:
Moana
dir. Ron Clements and John Musker
starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk 
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Best Comedy:
Bad Moms
dir. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn

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***Honourable Mention*** 
The Nice Guys 

Best Franchise Film:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
dir. Zack Snyder
starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons and Amy Adams

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AND….

Deadpool
dir. Tim Miller
starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Karan Soni and Brianna Hildebrand

DEADPOOL

Best Horror Film
Hush
dir. Mike Flanagan
starring: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel and Michael Trucco

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Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2015

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2015….

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    dir. George Miller
    starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz

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  2. The Lobster
    dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
    starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jenna Barden and Olivia Colman

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  3. Carol
    dir. Todd Haynes
    starring: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

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Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out
dir. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind and Diane Lane

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Best Comedy:
The Night Before
dir. Jonathan Levine
starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling and James Franco

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Best Franchise Film:
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
dir. Christopher McQuarrie
starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames
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***Honourable Mention*** 
Creed 

Best Horror Film:
The Invitation
dir. Karyn Kusama
starring: Logan Marshal – Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michael Huisman, Emayatzy Coriniealdi and Aiden Lovecamp

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Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2014

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2014….

  1. Interstellar
    dir. Christopher Nolan
    starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, MacKenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo and Michael Caine.

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  2. Gone Girl
    dir. David Fincher
    starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski and Tyler Perry

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  3. Whiplash
    dir. Damien Chazelle
    starring: J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist and Miles Teller

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Best Animated Feature:
Paddington
dir. Paul King
starring: Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters

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Best Comedy:
Neighbours
dir. Nicholas Stoller
starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz

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Best Franchise Film:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
dir. Joe & Anthony Russo
starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johnasson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp and Sebastian Stan

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***Honourable Mention***
– X-MEN: Days of Future Past 

Best Horror Film:
It Follows
dir. David Robert Mitchell
starring: Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe and Keir Gilchrist

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Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2013

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2013….

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
    dir. Martin Scorsese
    starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Margot Robbie and Jean Dujardin

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  2. Gravity
    dir. Alfonso Cuarón
    starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

    GRAVITY

  3. Prisoners
    dir. Denis Villeneuve
    starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo

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Best Animated Feature: 
Frozen
dir. Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff

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Best Comedy:
This is the End
dir. Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Michael Cera

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Best Franchise Film: 
Man of Steel
dir. Zack Snyder
starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ayelet Zurer, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner

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***Honourable Mentions*** 
– Iron Man  3 

Best Horror Film:
The Conjuring

dir. James Wan
starring: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

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Decade in Review: The Best Films From 2012

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2012….

  1. Zero Dark Thirty 
    dir. Kathryn Bigelow
    starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and Jeremy Strong

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  2. Looper 
    dir. Rian Johnson
    starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt

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  3. Django Unchained 
    dir. Quentin Tarantino
    starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson

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Best Animated Feature:
Brave 
dir. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters

BRAVE

Best Comedy: 
21 Jump Street
dir. Phil Lord & Chris Miller
starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Brie Larson and Rob Riggle

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Best Franchise Film: 
The Hunger Games
dir. Gary Ross
starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson

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*** Honourable Mentions ***
– 
The Avengers
– Dark Knight Rises 
– Skyfall 

Best Horror Film: 
Prometheus
dir. Ridley Scott
starring: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba

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