My 2016: A Review of the Year in Film – Part 1

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For many 2016 will be remembered as a bad year, with massive political upsets and a slew of high profile celebrity deaths (continuing, unbelievably, right to the last few days). In contrast, my personal cinematic journey through 2016 has been something rather celebratory: I got to meet film heroes of mine Michael Biehn, Mark Kermode and John Carpenter (who I also saw in concert, which was frankly amazing); I saw a lot of great movies, including one which has snuck into my top 10 of all time (more on this in a future blog); and I got a gig as a contributing writer for Total Film magazine, a publication I have read since I was 17 years old.

As such here is my review of the year. A disclaimer however: this is not a definitive look at every theatrical release for 2016. For that you would be better off checking out the features in film mags and newspapers. As I have a full-time day job and a young family, I fit my film watching in around other commitments and have not seen everything. Plus, my local multiplex did not screen many of the years indie / international movies (leading to a rather disgruntled email from yours truly) which means I am waiting for a lot of these on DVD (Under the Shadow, Hunt for the Wilder People, Swiss Army Man, Captain Fantastic, Hell or High Water, etc).

I have however seen 187 features this year (plus 9 TV seasons), ranging from new cinema releases to early silent classics. As such this a personal log of my own journey through film in 2016 across a wide spectrum.

To kick it off below is a list of everything I’ve seen with an accompanying star rating (where I am allowed to say). In a few days I’ll also post up a second blog with my list of the Top 10 theatrically released films of 2016, plus my Top 10 Films released in another year which I saw in 2016. Hope you enjoy!

Everything I Have Seen in 2016

January

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  • Back to the Future part 2 (4*)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (3*)
  • The Goonies (3*)
  • Slow West (4*)
  • Monsters: Dark Continent (2*)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3*)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (5*)
  • Die Hard (5*)
  • Barbie: Princess Charm School (2*)
  • The Gift (2015) (4*)
  • The Big Short (3*)
  • Fruitvale Station (5*)
  • The Babadook (5*)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (5*)
  • Labyrinth (5*)
  • They Live (3*)
  • The Revenant (4*)

February

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  • A Separation (4*)
  • Nebraska (3*)
  • Beasts of No Nation (4*)
  • Back to the Future part 2 (4*)
  • Cobain: Montage of Heck (3*)
  • Blackfish (5*)
  • Macbeth (2015) (3*)
  • The Good Dinosaur (3*)
  • Safety Last! (5*)
  • Goosebumps (4*)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (3*)
  • The Look of Silence (5*)
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (5*)
  • Berberian Sound Studio (5*)
  • Deliver Us From Evil (4*)

March

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road (5*)
  • The Lego Movie (4*)
  • Deadpool (3*)
  • 20 Feet from Stardom (4*)
  • Disorder (3*)
  • Spotlight (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (3*)
  • Spectre (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (4*)
  • Steve Jobs (4*)
  • Pi (5*)
  • Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (4*)
  • The Lady in the Van (3*)
  • The Hallow (3*)
  • Tremors (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (5*)

April 

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  • Zootropolis (4*)
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (5*)
  • Brooklyn (5*)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (3*)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (3*)
  • Home (3*)
  • Take Shelter (5*)
  • Airplane! (3*)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (4*)
  • Toy Story (5*)
  • Song of the Sea (4*)
  • Aliens: Special Edition (5*)

May

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  • Mr Peabody and Sherman (2*)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Road Chip (3*)
  • Captain America: Civil War (5*)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (3*)
  • Bridge of Spies (4*)
  • The Croods (3*)
  • The Hateful Eight (4*)
  • Ran (5*)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Games (3*)
  • The Jungle Book (2016) (3*)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (4*)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (3*)
  • Daredevil: Season 1 (4*)
  • The Purge (2*)
  • X men: Apocalypse (2*)

June

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  • The Raid 2 (5*)
  • High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2*)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 4 (4*)
  • Better Call Saul: Season 2 (4*)
  • Hotel Transylvania (3*)
  • Spotlight (4*)
  • Maleficient (4*)
  • The Hateful Eight (4*)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (3*)
  • Princess Mononoke (5*)

July

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  • The Walking Dead: Season 5 (5*)
  • Creed (5*)
  • The Assassin (3*)
  • Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2*)
  • Man of Steel (2*)
  • Withnail and I (4*)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (3*)
  • Daredevil: Season 2 (4*)
  • Krampus (2*)
  • Stranger Things: Season 1 (3*)
  • The BFG (3*)
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (4*)
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya (5*)
  • Star Trek: Beyond (3*)
  • Paul (3*)
  • The ‘Burbs (4*)
  • Victoria (4*)

August

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  • The Way of the Gun (5*)
  • Finding Dory (4*)
  • Son of Saul (5*)
  • Suicide Squad (4*)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (4*)
  • The Witch (4*)
  • High-Rise (4*)
  • Midnight Special (5*)
  • Robinson Crusoe (2*)
  • Shrek (5*)
  • The Jungle Book (2016) (3*)
  • Time Bandits (5*)

September

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  • Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (3*)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (3*)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (5*)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (3*)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2*)
  • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (3*)
  • Swamp Thing (2*)
  • Sing Street (4*)
  • Blair Witch (2*)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2*)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2*)
  • Norfolk (3*)
  • Mustang (3*)
  • The Darkest Universe (3*)
  • Cars (3*)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 6 (4*)
  • The Girl With All The Gifts (3*)
  • Green Room (5*)

October 

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  • Cars 2 (3*)
  • John Wick (4*)
  • Terminator: Genisys (1*)
  • Our Little Sister (4*)
  • Minions (4*)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (5*)
  • The Terminator (5*)
  • Anomalisa (3*)
  • Unfriended (4*)
  • Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (3*)
  • Bone Tomahawk (4*)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (2*)
  • Escape from New York (4*)
  • The Fog (1980) (5*)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Extended Edition (3*)
  • Beethoven (3*)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Extended Edition (4*)

November

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  • Three Amigos! (4*)
  • Blue Ruin (4*)
  • Aliens: Live at the Albert Hall (5*)
  • Doctor Strange (3*)
  • City Slickers (3*)
  • Swallows and Amazons (4*)
  • Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (3*)
  • Nocturnal Animals (2*)
  • Three Amigos! (4*)
  • Starless Dreams (5*)
  • Holy Cow (3*)
  • ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (5*)
  • Arrival (5*)
  • Stalker (3*)

December

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  • The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen (5*)
  • Hail, Caesar! (4*)
  • Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (3*)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (3*)
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (3*)
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986) – UK version (5*)
  • Frankenweenie (4*)
  • The Salvation (3*)
  • Love and Friendship (5*)
  • Santa Buddies (1*)
  • Evolution (5*)
  • Rams (5*)
  • The Survivalist (4*)
  • Cop Car (3*)
  • The Polar Express (3*)
  • Trading Places (3*)
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986) – US version (5*)
  • Endless Poetry
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (5*)
  • Sunrise (5*)
  • Elf (3*)
  • Notes on Blindness (4*)
  • Everybody Wants Some!!(2*)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (5*)
  • Arthur Christmas (3*)
  • Penguins of Madagascar (4*)
  • The BFG (3*)
  • Die Hard (5*)
  • The Good Dinosaur (3*)
  • Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure (2*)

Part 2 of my Review of 2016 will be up in a few days.

 

 

Published by Tim Coleman

Film critic. Screenwriter. Academic.

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