While I liked many movies in 2016, only a few of them made any lasting impression. Here are the ones I ended up seeing twice or in a few cases ended up purchasing for my collection.
This sequel is as good or better than original. Loosely based on a case from supernatural detectives Ed and Lorraine Warren when they traveled to England to investigate a haunted house. Scary, suspenseful and sure to entertain.
What happens when a punk band witnesses a murder at a skinhead bar? The short answer is “really bad things”. The most intense movie of 2016. Not for the squeamish.
South Korean writer/director Park Chan-wook, of Oldboy & Stoker, returns with this lush drama set early 20th century Korea about an attempt to defraud a Japanese heiress, while attempting to extricate her from beneath the watchful eye of her uncle who intends on forcing her to marry himself. A double & triple cross told from multiple viewpoints only heightens this intense love story drama. Unrated but would probably be rated NC-17 for graphic sex and violence.
The best action-adventure of 2016 tells the story of a young boy who lives alone with his mother while hiding from her monstrous family. Kubo is a master story teller in this meta story about storytelling. A lot of fun and the most beautiful animation of the year.
A 1950’s era musical set in 2016 Los Angles. Great acting, music and dancing rolled into one. If you like musicals you will love this. It’s that simple. The feel good movie of the year.
In this alternate universe adults are given 45 days at a specialized hotel to find love or be turned into an animal. A bizarre commentary on conforming to the rules of societies and the pressures to be paired together at all times.
A funny movie about a tough guy and a detectives that team up to solve a murder mystery.(See full review)
The animated story of the first non-predator in an all predator police department. A sly commentary on racism and sexism while referencing at least 100 movies. Do not skip this just because it is animated. A movie lovers movie.