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Adam's Favorite Films of 2016

Updated on December 30, 2016


This is a simple list of my favorite films from 2016 that I have had the chance to watch. Living in the middle of nowhere I don't get to see many films in theaters. There are many, many films that I really want to see that I won't have the opportunity to see until they are released on BluRay, Netflix, or Amazon Prime.

#10 10 Cloverfield Lane

This film was a definite surprise this year. It snuck up on nearly everyone, and it was a true and genuine fantastic film. John Goodman is perfectly creepy throughout. If you have not watched this film yet, do yourself a favor and watch it. It's excellent.

#9 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

This is a really funny film. It did exactly what a film of this sort should do: It entertained me and made me laugh throughout. The songs performed by The Lonely Island members are hysterical and beyond words. This film is not for everyone, but it does hold some great moments of hilarity.

#8 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I really had fun watching this film in theaters. It was a true blast, and it contained some really great moments. I won't say too much here, but it was a lot of fun. I know that this film would not be on this list if I had the opportunity to see films such as La La Land, but for now it is on the list.

#7 Deadpool

This was easily the most fun I had in theaters this entire year. This film was such a perverted blast I had to see it twice. Is this a perfect film? Absolutely not. There were a great deal of superhero movie tropes that could have derailed it. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is the reason to watch the film. I laughed throughout this film and it was great.

#6 Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange was an excellent entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am definitely a huge fan of superhero movies, and it is rare when they disappoint me. Doctor Strange felt like Marvel stepped up their game. It incorporated some of the best usage of 3D in any film. Excellent, excellent film.

#5 The Witch

The Witch...Where do I begin? What an amazing and surprising movie experience. I didn't really know what to expect when I started this on Amazon Prime one night. I had heard about it through reviews and the love expressed about it it on my favorite podcast Filmspotting. The acting, directing, and blend of overall creepiness was spot on. The only flaw for me was the ending was a bit too out there. The performances of the three children were worth watching, and eventually rewatching, for me.

#4 Captain America: Civil War

Oh look! Another superhero movie! This was a really fun time at the theater this summer. The Captain America films are the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are fun films that always seem to have emotional stakes. While at times there was too much going on because the directors were trying to give all the characters their time, it was worth the price of admission for the airport fight scene. That was a great deal of fun!

#3 Green Room

This was an excellent film. The word "fun" shouldn't be used for this film, but it was a definite ride. There is no need to attempt to describe the film. It is raw, horrific, and a great thrill ride. It is definitely worth checking out as is the director's other gem Blue Ruin.

Green Room Trailer

#2 Sing Street

I just had the chance to watch this film on Netflix. It stole my heart immediately. The music is phenomenal, and the story itself is quite fun. Director John Carney's Once was one of my favorite films of 2007, and this is easily one of the very best I saw this entire year. It is full of life and a love of music. I highly recommend this film.

#1 Arrival

Arrival is the very best film of 2016. I had the opportunity to see this film over Thanksgiving, and it did not disappoint. Amy Adams has never been better than she was in this film. I know that the ending has been seen as a bit controversial, but I loved it. I can't recommend this film enough.

Arrival Trailer

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