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The Films of 2016: Ranked and Reviewed

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In "Everybody Wants Some!!", college freshman Jake Bradford (Blake Jenner) tries to attract the opposite sex with help from his new housemates/teammates.

150. Imperium - Adequate procedural unfolds with probably more white supremacism than you can tolerate. Full Blu-ray Review

149. Cardboard Boxer - Homelessness drama produces mixed reactions as it treads a fine line between empathy and exploitation. Full Blu-ray Review

148. Everybody Wants Some!! - Richard Linklater's authentic recreation of time and place is wasted on insufferable bros. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

147. Bleed for This - Generic, uninspired boxing tale relies on underwhelming over-the-top caricature. Full Film Review

Dorothea (Annette Bening) and Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) see a car catch fire in the parking lot of a grocery store in #145, "20th Century Women."

146. How to Be Single - A fairly routine ensemble romantic comedy that at least does not insult.
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145. 20th Century Women - Thoughtful but ultimately underwhelming personal storytelling. Full Blu-ray Review

144. Me Before You - A nice-looking but unremarkable and insulting romance. Full Blu-ray Review

143. The Boy - A January horror movie to be sure, but a passably unsettling one at that. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

142. Green Room - Backwoods horror tale is refreshingly original but hard to endure. Full Blu-ray Review

141. Eye in the Sky - Drone warfare thriller gladly avoids convention, but is too inert to appreciate. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

140. One More Time - An okay but relatively unremarkable indie drama about an aging musician and his family. Full DVD Review

Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, an opera singer who can't sing in the one-joke comedy "Florence Foster Jenkins."

139. Florence Foster Jenkins - One iffy joke is stretched remarkably thin in the true story of a unique singer. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

138. A Bigger Splash - A knowingly messy and unusual character study. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

137. The Bronze - Raunchy gymnastics comedy is not without some value. Full Blu-ray Review

136. Money Monster - Heavy-handed real-time thriller tries a little too hard to be timely and relevant. Full Blu-ray Review

135. Inferno - Mediocre mystery thriller threequel does little to justify returning to this well. Full Blu-ray Review

134. Barbershop: The Next Cut - A well-intentioned but not so graceful discussion of contemporary issues facing Chicago and the rest of the nation. Full Blu-ray Review

133. Miracles from Heaven - Polished yet corny faith-based drama. Full Blu-ray Review

Shan (Yun "Jelly" Lin) is appointed to seduce Mr. Liu so that her endangered kind may kill him in #132, the Chinese blockbuster "The Mermaid."

132. The Mermaid - It's not terribly easy to understand the appeal of this silly environmental fantasy that shattered box office records in China. Full Blu-ray Review

131. Last Days in the Desert - A decidedly different but overwhelmingly slow and dry Jesus film. Full DVD Review

130. High-Rise - A unique and creative start gives way to uninteresting madness. Full Blu-ray Review

129. Captain Fantastic - Offbeat indie holds your interest, even as its smug characters rub you wrong for two hours.

128. Into the Forest - An unusually believable, genre-bending apocalypse film. Full Blu-ray Review

127. Neruda - Turgid drama about the Chilean poet's political fugitivism fails to truly grab you.

126. Miss Sloane - An overlong and heavy-handed drama about modern lobbying. Full Film Review

Halloween or not, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) takes a pressing phone call on New Orleans' bustling Bourbon Street in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", also known as "A Jack Reacher Halloween."

125. Free State of Jones - Unpleasant Civil War revolt drama fails to provoke much of a reaction.

124. Puerto Ricans in Paris - A breezy buddy comedy-international mystery.
Full Blu-ray Review

123. The Man Who Knew Infinity - Indian mathematician biopic is a perfectly average drama. Full Blu-ray Review

122. Mr. Church - A saccharine but well-intentioned drama. Full Blu-ray Review

121. Hands of Stone - Boxing biopic holds your interest without distinguishing itself in a major way. Full Blu-ray Review

120. The Infiltrator - An okay crime drama built largely on a fine Bryan Cranston performance. Full Blu-ray Review

119. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - A lesser supporting cast yields the diminished returns of a largely unwanted sequel. Full 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Review

118. Come and Find Me - An adequate yet forgettable disappearance thriller/romantic dramedy. Full Blu-ray Review

In "The Legend of Tarzan", #117, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to Africa with a wise-cracking American Civil War veteran (Samuel L. Jackson) by his side.

117. The Legend of Tarzan - A visually striking but narratively underwhelming adventure. Full Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray + DVD Review

116. I Am Not Your Negro - Historical study of race in America via author's reflections on assassinated friends merits attention but seems hopeless.

115. The Handmaiden - Interestingly constructed Korean drama has more style than substance. Full DVD Review

114. Certain Women - Distinctive storytelling is equal to the sum of its moderately engaging parts.

113. Bridget Jones's Baby - Untimely sequel is not the disaster you might anticipate. Full Film Review

112. Rules Don't Apply - Entertaining but disjointed passion project falls short of satisfying. Full Film Review

The unfortunately fashioned David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) leads the second biggest heist on American soil in #111, "Masterminds."

111. Masterminds - Unusual real life heist makes for a relatively entertaining comedy.
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110. Keeping Up with the Joneses - Suburban spy comedy is as spry as it needs to be. Full Film Review

109. Central Intelligence - A routine yet entertaining buddy action comedy. Full Blu-ray Review

108. X-Men: Apocalypse - Uncharacteristically underwhelming installment cools off the superhero franchise's hot streak.

107. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - A new source still provides more of Tim Burton's old whimsy.

106. The Salesman - Eventually grabs your attention with revenge ruminations, but it's a slow, bumpy ride there.

105. Tumbledown - An investable yet unremarkable indie dramedy. Full Blu-ray Review

104. Tanna - Narratively familiar drama is markedly different culturally. Full Blu-ray Review

103. Jane Got a Gun - Compelling western deserved a better fate. Full Blu-ray Review

102. The Angry Birds Movie - Gently diverting without any attempt to stretch itself creatively. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

101. The Adderall Diaries - A creative and thought-provoking drama despite a challenging adaptation source. Full Blu-ray Review

Bob (Dwayne Johnson) and Calvin (Kevin Hart) await the exchange of security codes for money in one of the climaxes of #109, "Central Intelligence."

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