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My Best Films of 2016 So Far - 6 month Review

Now that we’re half way through the year (okay, okay, so this is a month late.. soz), here is a list of some of my favourite 2016 films so far. To keep it simple, this is January – June, and not Oscar years. And if your fave isn’t here, let’s stay friends and just assume I didn’t catch it when it came out <3

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane

Anyone expecting a monster movie much like it’s (sort of) predecessor will be pretty disappointed. Anyone after an extremely tense, claustrophobic mystery about trust and survival are going to be in for one hell of a ride. John Goodman looks like he gives good hugs. Shame he’s terrifying here.

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8. Spotlight

Fascinating insight in to the process of a journalistic investigation. The scale and severity of the sex abuse scandal that the Boston Globe unearthed is gut wrenching, and paired with some fantastic performances right round the whole cast.

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7. Zootropolis

Not only is this a great feel good kids comedy with brilliant animation and voice work, but this is something all kids (and adults) NEED to see. It’s got an important messages about xenophobia and political correctness, and does so without lecturing. It’s the film The Secret Life of Pets wishes it was.

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6. Anomalisa

This animation about a man struggling to understand his place in this world, is done entirely with puppets. The detail in the animation itself is incredible, but the biggest compliment I could pay it is that I barely noticed they were puppets at all as it went on. They are fully fledged people with real problems in as disturbing a real a story as you will see. And there’s a puppet sex scene. Yeah, that was weird.

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5. The Witch

We made the extremely smart decision of catching this at the already creaky and slightly spooky (but beautiful) Electric Theatre in Birmingham. Although it may take a few minutes to get round the medieval dialogue, The Witch is one of the best horrors I’ve seen in a long time. Rather than filling with unnecessary torture porn, this gets under your skin and leaves you thinking about it way after its run time. I’m now terrified of goats.
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4. Room

There weren’t too many dry eyes left in the cinema after Room. An original story based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, we enter the world of a mother and her son: a world that goes as far as one room. It’s heart-warming, heart-breaking, and has one of the best ever child performances (should have got an Oscar nom for me) by Jacob Tremblay.



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3. Creed

As I'm a big Rocky fan, and have loved Michael B. Jordan since Friday Night Lights, this may be a bit biased, but I was blown away with how good Creed was.  Jordan is reunited with his Fruitvale Station director, and as good as Sly Stallone was in this, these two steal the show.  Michael B. Jordan's superb as Creed Jnr, but those tracking shot fight scenes are absolutely breathtaking.
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2. The Revenant

Leo realised that to get that Oscar all her had to do was fight a bear, be buried alive, be swept down a river, sleep inside a horse carcass, and eat raw fish. No brainer. I actually felt cold myself watching this, but it was the film’s sweeping cinematography that blew me away. There are some ridiculous tracking shots that go on and on in between battle scenes, so much so that you feel you’re right there with them. In the mud. And the rain. Bleurgh.

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1. The Nice Guys

Easily one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a long long time. A buddy copy movie with two megastar leads with superb chemistry, all set in a funky, sleazy 70s. The mystery that unfolds is actually really intriguing, but the jokes are none stop, and every one hits home. Can’t remember I had this much fun at the cinema! It’s like a (really) funny L.A. Confidential.

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