Our Favorite Movies of 2016

2016 was a great year for the film industry, and saw many exceptional movies being released. From unnerving dramas to historic adaptations, here are some of our favorite movies from 2016.

One of the most unnerving dramas released in 2016 was Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, featuring a young woman and her child who are being imprisoned against their will. Brie Larson was the star of the film, and her spot-on acting skills, coupled with the traumatic nature of the storyline, will definitely keep this one in your mind long after the credits roll up.

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Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe was released by Disney, and while this may instantly make you think that the movie features traditional values and a syrupy-sweet storyline, this film stands out from Disney’s more conventional offerings. The storyline focuses on a young girl in Uganda, whose world quickly changes when she becomes introduced to the game of chess. This is, without a doubt, a heart-warming movie, and the fact that it is a true story makes it even better.

Anyone that read the iconic Roald Dahl book The BFG as a child will be captivated by this big-screen adaptation. While it may be slightly longer than many would prefer, this is quite a signature quality of Spielberg films, and is not noticeable once you start to get into the storyline. While Mark Rylance plays the BFG perfectly, the star of the show is Ruby Barnhill, who manages to portray little Sophie in a heart-tugging way.

Love and Friendship
Based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, Love and Friendship is a period piece that still manages to retain quite the timeless quality. While there is plenty of history within the film, this is an extremely witty movie, featuring drama, ornate costumes, and Kate Beckinsdale as the star.

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Jackie is a movie that focuses on the grief that Jackie Kennedy experienced after the tragic loss of JFK. Natalie Portman is the star of the show here, and while she may not be an obvious choice for the role of Jackie, she manages to portray this First Lady beautifully well, displaying a side of sincerity and humility that makes the movie even more likeable. The movie also touches on the topic of celebrity, and the way in which people are built up by the media and fame, which is a relevant subject in today’s world.

While its storyline of a Spanish girl who meets four men in the street, and then helps them to pull off a robbery, may already be attention-grabbing, it is the way in which Victoria is made that really sets this movie apart from others. A single-take thriller, this is a movie that plays out in real time, with a continuous 138 minute camera shot, making it feel as though the audience is right in the heart of all the action.

If you have not yet seen any of these movies, they definitely deserve a spot on your queue list. From the heart-thumping thrills of Room to the feel-good qualities of Queen of Katwe, these were, without a doubt, some of the finest films produced in 2016.