With the end of June quickly approaching, we’re just over halfway through 2016. Cinematically speaking, that means we’ve passed through the weak post-awards season and have begun dipping into summer blockbusters.
It’s incredibly difficult to judge a year from the first six months, but if I were to make an assessment on the first half of 2016, I’d say it’s hopeful. A few interesting, unique films have managed to sneak their way into theaters, of the three superhero movies, one was pretty outstanding and we still have Sausage Party to look forward to. (I’m only kind of joking.)
So without further ado, here are my 2016* movie rankings halfway-ish through the year, with a few notes if I felt the need to add them and links to my movie podcast in case you want to hear my in depth thoughts:
1. Captain America: Civil War
SPIDER-MAN. Gimme more.
2. The Nice Guys
If you like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (I LOVE KKBB), see this.
3. Everybody Wants Some!!
Typical Linklater, but I had a blast hanging out with these guys for a couple hours. Shouts to Glen Powell for his incredible comedic timing.
My kind of superhero. Ryan Reynolds was made for this character.
5. The Lobster
It’s weird, for sure, but look deeper at what it says about our society and love. A must watch for people who are still single well into their 30s.
6. The Jungle Book
The special effects are lit, ya’ll!
Heavy handed at times, but all around enjoyable, cute and fun.
8. Hail, Caesar
Not overwhelmingly great reviews, but it’s Cohen Brothers and it’s gorgeous and quirky.
9. 10 Cloverfield Lane
John Goodman is perfection. Gah! I love him so much.
This is a home invasion movie where the victim is deaf… which I realize sounds way too easy, but it’s legitimately intense and smart.
11. The Witch
If you’re religious and would prefer keep satanic things at a distance, skip this. It goes further than your typical horror movie and has actually been endorsed The Satanic Temple. Well made, creepy movie though.
12. The Invitation
13. Eye in the Sky
14. The Conjuring 2
16. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
17. Barbershop: The Next Cut
18. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
19. Green Room
With a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was very excited about this movie. Ultimately I ended up disappointed. It is a good movie, but the tomato meter is misleading. That said, see it for Anton Yelchin, an actor with a lot of talent gone far too soon.
20. X-Men: Apocalypse
Blerg. I love X-Men. This one was a letdown. All those talented actors, all those amazing characters – what a waste. You had Oscar Isaac! How do you screw that up?!
22. They Look Like People
23. Ava’s Possessions
24. Triple 9
25. Zoolander 2
25. The Funhouse Massacre
It’s campy fun. Don’t expect much, turn your brain off and enjoy.
For the record, I cannot understand why Key & Peele is considered funny, but those George Michael jokes are on point.
28. How to Be Single
BORING. If you want to learn how to be single, just ask a pro like me.
29. Flight 7500
30. The Angry Birds Movie
“Oh my gaaaaaaaaaaawd!” – The Mime. Stole the show.
31. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Spoiler alert: this movie has NOTHING to do with Pride & Prejudice other than the character names. I have no idea why they made it part of the title.
33. Batman v. Superman
Just a movie about two guys who love their moms.
34. Lake Eerie
This movie is funny in that it’s rated decently on IMDB, but if you investigate a little further, you’ll find that it’s only at a 6.1 because the entire cast and crew and their families and friends rated it a 10. It’s bad. Like, truly terrible. Don’t fall for it.
So what did I miss, fam? And what are your favorite movies of 2016 so far? Let me know in the comments.
*These movies were not included because of the year that they were filmed, but because they received wide release in the US in 2016.