2016 Film Year in Review

Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016

It’s good that it was a great year for movies because we certainly needed the escapism in 2016.  I cannot recall a year with more quality films, both inside franchises and standalone films.  Exemplifying that most was Disney, which had the single greatest year of any studio in Hollywood history, grossing way over $7 billion, and doing it with quality.  It’s no accident that The House of the Mouse will end up with the top 5 grossing movies of the year.  Whether it be through their own animated and live action films, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars, Disney put quality product after quality product out in 2016 and people responded in droves.  It may be overly optimistic, but let’s hope that studios take note that the films that made the bucks were the films that were good.


And there’s so many films yet to see!  I have to qualify this as a preliminary list.  I’ve seen 64 movies in 2016 (normally I average 90 when all is said and done).  With Oscar films releasing wide in January, this list may very well change, which is why my ultimate say on the year in film is our annual Renaissance Film Awards which will take place Oscar week.  But as this year ends, it’s fitting and right that I single out the my top 10 (the quality is so deep, I may do a top 25 list later in February alongside the Rennys).  My top two films have not changed since May and they are such a dead heat in my mind that they just swapped again last night.  No surprise, both are Disney films.  I gave out three perfect 10’s (thus far) for 2016 films, but more 9’s than any year I’ve been a reviewer.  Yes, there were films we were counting on that fizzled (Batman vs. Superman,  Jason Bourne, Assassin’s Creed, etc.), but many more films stood up and surpassed our wildest expectations.  So, caveats in place here is my simple Top 10 as the year ends followed by a great 2016 Year in Film video put together by the talented people at We Got This Covered.  May you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and I’ll catch you killing time in 2017.

1. Disney’s The Jungle Book, PG, Directed by Jon Favreau
Disney's The Jungle Book, Neel Sethi, Mowlgli

2. Captain America: Civil War, PG-13, Directed by The Russo Brothers
Captain America: Civil War, Captain America, Steve Rogers, Chris Evans, Iron Man, Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr.

3. Hell or High Water, R, Directed by David Mackenzie
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water

4. The Edge of Seventeen, R, Directed by Kelly Fremon CraigTHE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

5. The Arrival, PG-13, Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, The Arrival

6. Finding Dory, PG, Directed by Andrew Stanton

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, PG-13, Directed by Gareth Edwards

8. Hacksaw Ridge, R, Directed by Mel Gibson
Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield

9. Sully, PG-13, Directed by Clint Eastwood
Sully, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

10. 10 Cloverfield Lane, PG-13, Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
10 Cloverfield Lane, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

SEE YOU IN 2017!!!!

5 thoughts on “Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016”

  1. I need to see more movies. Out of the 10, I have seen plenty of scenes played from Sully and Hacksaw Ridge. I enjoyed Sully more. It is sold almost like a Paul Greengrass type film (if you know what I mean), but I do not see it in the same level of excellence as Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum or United 93. Definitely am excited to watch the Disney movies on your list, so that I can critique what current 21st century ideologies are presented. I am far behind, lol. As you can tell, I can be critical about some Disney movies while I think highly on others.

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    1. Be glad to hear your thoughts. Yeah there is a definite step back with Sully. Eastwood didn’t get in the way of an amazing story and that’s reminiscent of United 93. Honestly between 5 and 15 on my list the space is razor thin. So many great films this year and A Monster Calls and Patriots Day go wide the next 2 weeks so the list is still very fluid. The site has its own version of the Oscars so by late February hopefully I will have gotten to all the big ones.


      1. The thing I always notice about Paul Greengrass films is a complex structure and narrative that help make the story’s inspiration feel very real. This is clearly established in Captain Phillips and United 93. As for Sully, I am not too sure…it seems fueled by hyper-emotion in order to force audiences to feel for the characters. It was completely obsessed with selling the idea of fear. Then again, I only concluded this based on several scenes I luckily caught in my nearest entertainment center while chillaxing. Man, I wish the Oscar nominations get announced already. I am not really into the Marketing or Capitalistic society that fuels Hollywood and its self-awarding season, but I am always keeping an eye out for the great movies and artists I root for who have been honored especially in categories like cinematography.

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      2. Oh I do the Oscars myself so I can ignore the ceremony because of past rage incidents. It sounds like you haven’t seen Sully start to finish and the film as marketed is very different from the film in fact.


      3. And Greengrass really disappointed me with Jason Bourne. I was so excited for that and it felt like a lazy collection of a checklist of tropes from the the perfect action trilogy that established that franchise.


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