FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2016

Still to see: Passengers, Collateral Beauty, A Monster Calls, Dr. Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, Jackie, A Monster Calls
  1. 33.
    Blair Witch
    Objectively I know this movie wasn't good. But I love The Blair Witch Project, and I love found footage movies.
  2. 32.
    X-Men: Apocalypse
    It could have been better, but I still enjoyed it.
  3. 31.
    Suicide Squad
    I wish they'd gone the Deadpool route and taken everything up a notch. But Margot Robbie was great, and I enjoyed the other characters a lot as well.
  4. 30.
    Batman v Superman
    Another movie that could have been a lot better, and the first third is a bit rough. But then it gets way better. I love Superman, but it's really Lois and Wonder Woman who save the movie for me.
  5. 29.
    Ghostbusters
    I'm not the biggest Ghostbusters fan, but I liked this version. The ladies were great, and Hemy was hilarious.
  6. 28.
    The Purge: Election Year
    I just love the shade this movie (indirectly) threw at Donald Trump. How long do you think until the Purge becomes a real thing?
  7. 27.
    The Shallows
    I like sharks, I like Blake Lively. This is a movie featuring both.
  8. 26.
    Keanu
    Cutest fucking cat in movie history. Seriously.
  9. 25.
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
    I watched both movies the same day and LOVED them. I think it's because this Greek family reminds me SO MUCH of my Italian family.
  10. 24.
    Office Christmas Party
    I'm a sucker for Christmas movies, plus it has a lot of people I like in it: Jennifer Aniston, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Jamie Chung, Justin Bateman, and Abbey Lee.
  11. 23.
    Swiss Army Man
    What a weird movie. It's such a strange premise, but at the same time it's oddly moving.
  12. 22.
    Deadpool
    So funny and full of hilarious performances.
  13. 21.
    10 Cloverfield Lane
    I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but I'd like this movie even if she wasn't in it. Also what an unexpected ending.
  14. 20.
    Lights Out
    I like the short film it's based on better, but it was still scary. I didn't fully appreciate it the first time I watched it because I had a massive panic attack in the theater during the trailers (though it had nothing to do with the movie) and spent the first half of it trying to bring myself down. It was much more effective on second viewing.
  15. 19.
    Bad Moms
    So funny. So many good actresses.
  16. 18.
    Don't Breathe
    So suspenseful. I wasn't totally keen on an aspect of the ending, and there are some disturbing parts, but that's what made it such a fraught movie.
  17. 17.
    Finding Dory
    Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies (and my favorite Disney/Pixar movie), and this was a worthy sequel.
  18. 16.
    Star Trek Beyond
    I liked Into Darkness better, but this was still good.
  19. 15.
    Flight 7500
    I waited five years for this movie, and I really liked it. I wish they'd gone harder and given it an R rating to make it scarier, but it was still good.
  20. 14.
    Nerve
    I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I'm an Emma Roberts and Dave Franco fan, and the story was surprisingly suspenseful.
  21. 13.
    The Invitation
    This movie is so incredibly tense. It's a slow build centered on a dinner party where - as it goes on - you get more and more of an inkling that something is just not right, and that feeling just keeps growing. It's kind of hard to explain why it had me so on edge. It's the anticipation I think, the knowing that something is going to happen. Also Logan Marshall-Green was so so so good.
  22. 12.
    Everybody Wants Some!!
    I came for Tyler Hoechlin and Richard Linklater (whose movie Boyhood is among my favorites and was robbed of Best Picture and Director), I stayed for them and everyone else.
  23. 11.
    Green Room
    What a brutal movie. Anton Yelchin was so damn good in this. Man...I'm really going to miss him. Like I feel myself getting a little emotional just thinking about the fact that he'll never make another movie.
  24. 10.
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    I didn't like this as much as The Force Awakens, but I keep thinking about it. It's really stuck with me. Plus that ending was so heartbreaking and tragic while still being hopeful too. It's not easy to be both at the same time.
  25. 9.
    The Girl on the Train
    Emily Blunt was so good in this. I'm really glad she got an SAG Award nomination (though I'm not expecting an Oscar nom).
  26. 8.
    Moonlight
    SO GOOD. It totally deserves all the accolades it's receiving.
  27. 7.
    La La Land
    I don't normally go for musicals, but this was was excellent. Ryan Gosling was great, very charming, but this movie really belongs to Emma Stone. She shows so much depth and range, and it's incredible to watch. She was amazing.
  28. 6.
    The Little Prince
    This is based on my favorite book, and the movie did it justice. Plus the animation was gorgeous.
  29. 5.
    Manchester by the Sea
    I've always been attracted to movies and shows and books that explore the different ways people deal with death and dying and loss and grief, especially since my friend died (maybe because I don't always know how to deal with it myself). Everyone was good, but Casey Affleck, man...wow. He was amazing as a man haunted by his past and burdened with loss as he tries to say goodbye to his brother in a town that makes him feel broken. So great.
  30. 4.
    Nocturnal Animals
    Such a tense movie, and the book (which I read afterwards) was just as good. Amy Adams gave an amazing performance (though I think it's getting overshadowed by her equally great role in Arrival), but I wish Jake Gyllenhaal were getting more recognition. He was excellent.
  31. 3.
    4th Man Out
    This movie was so unexpectedly touching and funny. I really, really loved it.
  32. 2.
    Arrival
    SO GOOD. It's not your typical alien movie by a long shot, but that's okay. It was nice that it was so different and unexpected. Plus it features another great performance from Amy Adams. She's having a great year. She's come so far from the days when I first met her and she was playing small roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous and Buffy, and I couldn't be happier about it.
  33. 1.
    Captain America: Civil War
    I'm total Bucky Barnes/Sebastian Stan trash and love Stucky (that's Steve and Bucky's portmanteau ship name for those who don't know), and since this movie is basically the next piece of their epic love story, of course it's number one.