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The Films of 2016: Ranked and Reviewed

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Worst Movies of 2016 | Below Average (#150-101) | Above Average (#100-51) | Top 50 Movies of 2016

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Max tries to patronize his new roommate Duke in #100, "The Secret Life of Pets."

100. The Secret Life of Pets - Breezy all-ages crowdpleaser diverts with minimal creativity and wit. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

99. Indignation - Philip Roth novel makes for an okay
coming-of-age period drama. Full Blu-ray Review

98. Live by Night - A technically slick but dramatically lacking period gangster picture. Full Blu-ray Review

97. The Ivory Game - An important reminder of the dangers that elephants face in ivory trafficking.

96. Cameraperson - An enriching but inevitably meandering journey through a documentary cinematographer's life's work.

95. By Sidney Lumet - An agreeable reflection on a distinguished directing career. Full Blu-ray Review

94. The Sea of Trees - Melancholy soul-searcher is better than its toxic reputation indicates. Full Blu-ray Review

The #1 film of 2016 by box office, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" only ranks 93rd by quality.

93. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Action-heavy spin-off lacks the complexity and emotion you expect from Star Wars. Full Film Review

92. Life, Animated - A highly intriguing story devolves into something less interesting in this documentary.

91. Passengers - Fascinating premise gets lost in generic conflict and corny ending. Full Film Review

90. The Shallows - Ridiculous yet absorbing shark survival thriller.

89. Zero Days - A fascinating look at a classified and questionable US cyber attack.

"American Honey", #88, follows Star (Sasha Lane), an 18-year-old from Texas, as she joins a traveling crew of door-to-door magazine sellers.

88. American Honey - Provocative, haunting, and unconventional road drama is easier to appreciate than like. Full Blu-ray Review

87. Snowden - Interesting in places but fails to add up to something grand. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

86. The Magnificent Seven - Engrossing western remake meets, but never surpasses, one's expectations. Full Film Review

85. Elvis & Nixon - A fun telling of a slight true story that could use one stronger lead performance. Full Blu-ray Review

84. Don't Think Twice - Improv troupe indie is far more appealing than it is entertaining.

Howard (John Goodman) and his "guests" hear a clatter coming from above their underground bunker in #83, "10 Cloverfield Lane."

83. 10 Cloverfield Lane - A fairly engaging psychological thriller that takes a strange turn at the end. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

82. Jason Bourne - High-octane action movie seems to do a
capable job of reviving the franchise. Full Film Review

81. The Conjuring 2 - A fairy agreeable and distinctive follow-up to one of modern cinema's best received horror films. Full Blu-ray Review

80. Complete Unknown - A thought-provoking character study. Full DVD Review

79. A Monster Calls - Visually interesting kid lit adaptation uses emotional manipulation to somewhat mixed effect. Full Film Review

78. The Intervention - There is enough humor and intelligence to appreciate this indie dramedy. Full DVD Review

77. A Man Called Ove - Suicidal misanthrope's life reflections make for an appealing, if somewhat corny and contrived tale.

At #76, "Hidden Figures" is the lowest ranked of 2016's nine Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

76. Hidden Figures - An enjoyable and inspiring, but not particularly graceful history lesson. Full Film Review

75. Trolls - Music-filled animated comedy is routine DreamWorks, but still reasonably diverting.

74. The Eagle Huntress - Appealing and picturesque documentary offers an interesting look at a distant culture and tradition. Full Blu-ray Review

73. Knight of Cups - Terrence Malick's latest is characteristically beautiful and nontraditional, but without the deeper meaning you hope for. Full Blu-ray Review

72. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - Whether wanted by audiences or not, this raunchy sequel consistently diverts. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

As Rachel Watson, Emily Blunt plays the titular character in #71, "The Girl on the Train."

71. The Girl on the Train - A compelling mystery until its final act twist falls short.
Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

70. Elle - Complex, mature, and provocative drama elicits a complex reaction. Full Film Review

69. Queen of Katwe - An agreeable chess movie in the familiar mold of inspirational true sports drama. Full Blu-ray Review

68. Love & Friendship - A witty and charming approach to a not very well-known Jane Austen tale. Full Blu-ray Review

67. The Lobster - Strange, funny, and inventive, though a bit belabored.

66. The Witch - Atypical horror film arrests with unique atmosphere and period authenticity. Full Blu-ray Review

Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) get real close to one another to battle in #65, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

65. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - A loud, bombastic team-up that could use more story and less action. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

64. Amanda Knox - An absorbing look at a fascinating murder case, but it could pack a somewhat bigger punch.

63. Weiner - Intimate and interesting profile of a scandal-addled politician.

62. The Little Prince - Inventive new take on an old story distinguishes itself from other animated features.

61. Collateral Beauty - Some hard to swallow conceits can't rob this heartfelt drama of having emotional impact. Full Blu-ray Review

Hell breaks in "Deepwater Horizon", #60, the lesser of two 2016 collaborations between Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg.

60. Deepwater Horizon - A fairly compelling if not
terribly sophisticated true tale of disaster and heroism. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

59. The Phenom - Unconventional baseball player drama is best enjoyed with an open mind. Full Blu-ray Review

58. American Pastoral - Tonally varied drama defies expectations. Full Blu-ray + DVD Review

57. Kubo and the Two Strings - Another resonant original stop-motion tale from Laika. Full Film Review

56. Louder Than Bombs - A compelling and creative study of a family's grief. Full DVD Review

55. The Light Between Oceans - A nicely photographed and stately made period drama. Full Film Review

54. Genius - An interesting look at the literary creative process. Full DVD Review

53. Deadpool - Breathes some needed life into the superhero movie, though its crass tone is tough to warm to.

52. The Founder - Depth and darkness subtly creep into this fast food biopic. Full Film Review

51. Land of Mine - A gut-wrenching tale from an unknown footnote of post-WWII European history. Full Film Review

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