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Film in Review: The Best and Worst of 2016

Cecilia Lopez

Cecilia Lopez

Jenna Murray, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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The Best

Zootopia
An animal city with a crime fighting bunny, what could be better? This heartwarming, adventure tale definitely makes it on our list for best films for its endearing tone and family friendly humor!

Finding Dory
Following the ever-famous prequel of Finding Nemo, Finding Dory will go down as yet another Disney/Pixar classic with our favorite fish from the drop off.

Sully
Looking for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Then this biographical thriller following the “Miracle on the Hudson” is perfect.

Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson’s masterpiece has earned a spot on our list for its original storyline and accurate description of war’s brutalities.

The Nice Guys
Who doesn’t love a good buddy-cop film? The Nice Guys epitomizes a bygone era of iconic films as two cops – Ryan Gosling (ugh, swoon) and Russell Crowe- find themselves solving the crime of their career.

Florence Foster Jenkins
She may not be able to sing, but Meryl Streep gives yet another groundbreaking performance as an amateur soprano with co-star Hugh Grant in this heartwarming true story.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
Harry Potter and the forces of magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry enthralled millions and now, this prequel is doing the same thing! The adventures of Newt Scamander before the days of the boy who lived is the perfect film for muggles and wizards alike.

Moana
Moana is undoubtedly one of the best films in 2016 as it follows the story of a spirited, young princess who embarks on a quest to prove she has the endurance to take her father’s place as chief.

The Worst

Bad Moms
The less than satisfactory humor portrayed in this wannabe relatable blockbuster flop makes seeing Bad Moms the worst idea.

Suicide Squad
Two hours and seventeen minutes of your life you’ll never get back by going to see Suicide Squad. The poor plot line and cringe worthy acting will you leave you rolling your eyes with disbelief and a bad case second hand embarrassment.

Neighbors 2
Looking for a movie franchise who doesn’t know when to cut it off? You’ll find it in Neighbors 2. Seeing Zac Efron and his frat brothers terrorize Seth Rogen’s neighborhood was entertaining the first time around, but watching Chloe Grace Moretz try to act like the “rebellious-relatable” sorority sister is yet another cringe worthy moment in Hollywood.

Ghostbusters
Way to take an iconic movie franchise and turn it into one of the worst movies of the year, Hollywood. Much like Neighbors, this sequel to Ivan Reitman’s iconic movie series goes from bad to worse with its poor script and recycled concept.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Anyone could have seen this film as being one of the biggest flops in 2016. With its predictable plot line and desperate demeanor, anyone who attempted to get through this surely struggled.

The Purge: Election Year
The Purge series should have ended before the first one even started. This low budget horror film is for sure a no-go when looking for a movie to give you a good scare.

Doctor Strange
Just what Hollywood needs, another bad super hero movie. Not only is Doctor Strange confusing and hard to follow, but it will leave you questioning why you ever thought to sit down and watch it.

Collateral Beauty
In an unconvincing sob story, Will Smith and a cast of A-listers give a disappointing performance in even more disappointing story. Also, what does the title even mean?

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