2016 IN REVIEW: ALL THE FILMS I SAW BUT DIDN’T REVIEW – SUMMED UP IN ONE SENTENCE

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Of course, as with most of us who write film reviews solely as hobby, it is impossible to see every film that comes out over the course of a year. However, while I attempt to see as many films as possible and fit this around daily life, I also find it equally impossible to review every film I watch. This is usually because I do not have the time, or in some cases struggle to actually find that much to say about a film.

Well, in the order of worst to best, here is the complete list of every new release I have seen in 2016, a one-sentence review and a mark out of 10.

Please note: some of these films had a UK cinematic release date 2015, but I could not watch them until their actual retail release, which was during 2016.

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK

Hideously unfunny and utterly pointless – one of the worst films of 2016.

2/10

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

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A cinematic pantomime of the very worst kind; laughably over the top and embarrassingly stupid.

2/10

THE BOSS

100 minutes of pure nothing; dull, predictable and never funny – even Melissa McCarthy looks bored!

2/10

THE TRUST

Another straight to DVD Nicholas Cage film; this time a painfully dull and badly written heist movie.

3/10

LAID IN AMERICA

Not as bad as I expected; starts off very bad, but actually gets better and generates a few laughs as it goes along.

4/10

CRIMSON PEAK

Pure style over substance; the style is admittedly wonderful to look at, but the substance (and indeed actual plot) are almost non-existent.

4/10

3-HEADED SHARK ATTACK

The title says it all.

4/10

MAGGIE

A very strange film; Schwarzenegger’s attempts at acting are admirable, but he fails to convince, and the material itself just does not capitalise on the potential of its initial idea.

4/10

KILL ME THREE TIMES

A bizarre comedy that does have the occasional laugh, but its talented cast cannot elevate what is rather lacklustre material.

4/10

BREAKDOWN

A typical straight to DVD low budget British action thriller – but one of the better ones.

4/10

BAD MOMS

Produces a few chuckles, but is way too predictable, and neither as funny nor as emotionally engaging as it should be, and is a real waste of the talented cast.

4/10

PARTISAN

An unnecessarily dark film with some initial ideas that have potential, but this potential is never realised.

4/10

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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Even sillier than the first one, but also less enjoyable – and do we really need two Woody Harrelsons?!?

4/10

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

Just about watchable, but a painfully predictable, contrived and therefore rather uninvolving story – with Samuel L. Jackson being very much at the mercy of the narrative’s convenient contrivances.

4/10

ALLEGIANT

Yet another just about watchable but highly forgettable chapter of the franchise – but at least it is consistent!

5/10

THE RUNNER

Another typical Nicholas Cage straight to DVD middle-of-the-road thriller – but one of his better ones.

5/10

MING OF HARLEM

A unique and interesting documentary, but it lacks any real conviction of any actual argument.

5/10

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Visually stunning, but a totally unsatisfying narrative mess.

5/10

AMERICAN ULTRA

A bizarre hybrid of a film that is just about watchable, but it seems to have no idea what it wants to be.

5/10

FRANKOFONIA

An interesting and unique documentary, but also a little too self-indulgent.

6/10

MILES AHEAD

Made and acted with obvious passion by Don Cheadle, and certainly an enjoyable watch, but very ill disciplined and highly forgettable.

6/10

PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES

Enjoyable enough, but as daft as the title suggests.

6/10

SISTERS

A typical mainstream comedy; a series of hit and miss sketches held together by a wafer-thin narrative, but the chemistry between the two leads often elevates the lacklustre and predictable material.

6/10

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING

An enjoyable and at times quite funny film, if a little too silly at times, as well as being predictable and forgettable

6/10

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Light, fluffy and forgettable, but also perfectly watchable.

6/10

THE MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

A lot sillier than the first film and therefore not as good, but still an enjoyable watch and is still better than The Hunger Games!

6/10

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS

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A thoroughly enjoyable old fashioned yarn, but a bit too light for it to be truly engaging or memorable.

6/10

LIFE

A well-made and acted biopic of a very interesting central character, but way too generic.

6/10

TAXI TEHRAN

A unique and very interesting film that explores some very pertinent and topical ideas.

7/10

SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE

A highly enjoyable remake that thankfully has enough of the spirit of its source material to work.

7/10

THE PROGRAM

An interesting and well-made film with a great central performance by Ben Foster, but seems to struggle to fill its running time.

7/10

LOUDER THAN BOMBS

A well-acted drama that examines some pertinent themes and ideas, but it just does not go far enough.

7/10

MISSISSIPPI GRIND

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Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn share great on-screen chemistry that elevates what is otherwise a very generic and predictable film.

7/10

TRUMBO

A very well made and acted biopic that is highly watchable – but it is a slightly too generic narrative-by-numbers Oscar bait film.

7/10

GREEN ROOM

An unflinching and tense film that, despite the occasional lull, grips from start to finish.

7/10

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Though certainly not up there with Disney or Pixar’s best, it still has enough genuine heart to be engaging and at times quite moving – and it is better than Inside Out!

7/10

BROOKLYN

An engaging and often very moving drama, all held together by a superb central performance by Saoirse Ronan.

7/10

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

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A very unique and often hilarious black comedy, but it is let down by its lacklustre ending.

7/10

DHEEPAN

A gripping drama made with raw passion.

7/10

FREE STATE OF JONES

A raw, unflinching and powerful retelling of a true story, with a great central performance.

8/10

CHRONIC

A touching and moving film, all head together by a wonderfully understated performance by Tim Roth.

8/10

KILL YOUR FRIENDS

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A wonderfully enjoyable black comedy, featuring a superbly charismatic leading performance from Nicholas Hoult.

8/10

99 HOMES

A genuinely gripping thriller that explores some very pertinent and topical themes – all held together by two exceptional leading performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.

8/10

BEYOND THE REACH

A genuinely gripping thriller that is expertly put together.

8/10

EVOLUTION

A unique, haunting and engrossing film that is rich in nightmarish atmosphere.

8/10

About MoodyB

An extremely passionate and (semi) opened minded film reviewer, with a hint of snobbish.
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3 Responses to 2016 IN REVIEW: ALL THE FILMS I SAW BUT DIDN’T REVIEW – SUMMED UP IN ONE SENTENCE

  1. Natasha says:

    You’ve managed to see quite a lot! I really enjoyed PPZ. It’s so silly and a lot of fun. I also liked Tarzan – it was better than expected. Scorch Trials was so confusing at times – I’m told it is nearly a complete rewrite from the book (which I obviously must still read). I think I watched Allegiant – such a dull film and in my opinion a great waste of a good franchise. Great write-up!

  2. dbmoviesblog says:

    I am glad someone else saw “Evolution” and liked it. I enjoyed the atmosphere of that film too, but it was still a step down from the director’s previous film “Innocence”. If you liked “Evolution”, you may like that film too.

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