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Saturday, December 31, 2016

And The Best Film Score of 2016 Goes To...

It wasn't easy, but we've managed to provide you our top 5 film scores of 2016.
Review by Matt Cummings

It's not easy to find websites which love soundtrack scores as much as the films themselves, but we at SJF think the entire film must be considered when judging its value. Central to any movie's success is its use of music, and 2016 gifted us with potentially the best year we've ever heard. From television to movies and even video games, we witnessed an onslaught that began in January and didn't let up until 12/31.

But as with all things, the bill must come due which means taking a moment to remember the top scores of the year. It wasn't easy, but we've managed to fashion together a list that covers all forms of entertainment, something we frankly couldn't have done in previous years. Our immense thanks goes out to The Krakower Group for securing us with these scores. Without delay, here are our top film scores of 2016:

X-Men Apocalypse
Composer John Ottman caught our attention with the best score of the Summer movie season, a big epic ride into the world of X-men original mutant Apocalypse as he tore Cairo a new one. Back in May, we said: "Ottman probes the biggest, most epic corners of the superhero genre, but also manages to bring things down to tender human levels when the moods calls upon it. This is the best score of any X-men movie and perhaps the best superhero music since Alan Silvestri's The Avengers." We still believe that, which is why it occupies a place on our Best-Of list.

The Nice Guys
I've never seen a year in which one Composer produced two great scores, but Ottman did it with his fun and flirty submission to our second-favorite film of 2016. Back in May, we said: "It's too chic for most of us, and that's why I love it. The selections are abashedly unafraid to tell their story of Healy and March, never settling on set-up tracks and gifting us with a throwback sound that's immediately a comfort to our ears." While I was disappointed to see the film (sadly) fade all too quickly, I know the score and movie will remain in people's minds, as Ottman and collaborator David Buckley's work represented one of the best of 2016.

Forza Motorsports 6
At a point not too long ago, video game soundtracks weren't exactly the Bee's Knees when compared them to their movie score brethren. Many relied on cheap electronic tracks or a collection of rock/Hip-Hop artists to fuel them. But that's changing now, as is evidenced by Composers Kaveh Cohen and Michael Nielsen's February release. Back then, we hailed it, saying it sported a "high-flying orchestral environment with a strong electronic backbone." But we didn't stop there. "What I love about Cohen and Neilsen is that they're not afraid to take risks here, whether it be the dance club-inspired Traction, a little M83 in Focus, or the hard-rocking of The Pitts." It's quite a little gem and one you shouldn't miss. Add it to your Pandora playlist as soon as possible. You can thank me later.

The Flash Season 2
For Composer Blake Neely, life is about the music forming the backbone of his superhero television series. From the gritty street throwdown of Arrow to the epic time-traveling Legends of Tomorrow, Neely has established himself as the top dog of the television score food chain. Nowhere was that more evident than in his incredible The Flash: Original Television Soundtrack Season 2 score, which moved the titular character into darker realm of the super villain Zoom and his own version of the Rogues Gallery. "For 25 tracks, Neely takes us through the emotional heartbeats of Season 2, reminding us of his absolute command of the television score. He never overuses a character's theme, and yet it always seems to be there either lurking in the background or finding a spot right up front...Neely is boldly pushing new frontiers and the effect is pure joy." It marks a new high for Neely, and one you shouldn't pass up.

And the Winner Is...
If you've read us for awhile, you know of my love for 80's synth in movies. The indelible sound of Airwolf and Miami Vice opened up a new subgenre that saw a rebirth in 2010's Tron: Legacy. That alone wouldn't be enough for us to award top honors, but one score this year took Legacy to new heights: Cliff Martinez's The Neon Demon. In a year filled with so many top-notch releases, Neon Demon took our breath away, delivering what we called "twisted, sexual digital brilliance." There is simply no way to classify what you'll hear when you put this bad boy on, but we tried in our review. "Unlike some scores which offer 2-5 very good pieces surrounded by transition markers that can feel out of place, Demon boasts a murderer's row of hits, each one borrowing elements from the other but serving to drive the story as it reaches it bloody and disturbing conclusion." Tracks like The Neon Demon, What Are You, and Don't Forget Me When You're Famous merely scratch the surface of Martinez's S&M-themed mayhem. It's stuck with us all year, and is sure to go no place anytime soon. That's because we have it locked up in a cage and have enjoyed every minute of it.

The Best Year for Scores...Ever?? All in all, 2016 was a memorable year for film scores. We couldn't have said that in 2012 when The Avengers was clearly at the top, nor in 2013 when M83's Oblivion graced our eardrums. In a time when critics complain about the lack of true themes in entertainment, we're here to say that composers and directors might have heard the call. Give 13 Hours - The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi and don't tell me that it didn't deserve top 5 consideration. Let's hope this trend of great music continues in 2017, but for now, pick up each of these titles immediately. I promise you won't be upset by the results.

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Soundtrack Review: #TheFlash Season 2

The Flash: Original Television Soundtrack Season 2 speeds to thrilling musical pulse.

Review by Matt Cummings

Season 2 of CW's The Flash was almost as good as the first, expanding the DC universe with new and thrilling villains to contest Flash (played by the great Grant Gustin). And just like its lead, Composer Blake Neely speeds the series' score to new and darker heights, confirming what we already knew: this guy can make music.

As he moves on from the defeat of the evil Reverse Flash, Barry Allen (Gustin) is attempting to piece back together his shattered family which includes the release of his father (John Wesley Shipp) from prison. But trouble is on the horizon, as the dangerous Zoom unleashes an army of baddies from an alternate universe where he rules supreme. Faced with the reality that he cannot defeat Zoom alone, Barry cobbles together allies from an alternate universe called Earth 2, which include the kinder, gentler Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and daughter Jesse (Violet Beane) along with his Earth-1 friends Sisco (Carlos Valdez), Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Iris (Candice Patton), and father Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Together, The Flash will learn to push his abilities beyond anyone's imagination, forcing an epic showdown that will see Team Flash fundamentally altered by its conclusion.

Neely takes the themes so beautifully established in Season 1 (which you can read HERE) to darker heights with Season 2, pulsing to drums and cellos in track 9's The Face of Your Hero. But if you merely start there, you'll be missing out on 8 other solid pieces, such as How It Ended..., Jay Garrick Warns of a Man..., and Stein Explains the Multiverse. Then it's on to Grodd Into the Breach, which reminds us of the impending War for the Planet of the Apes, transitioning into a nice piano piece before ending with some of the trademark Flash elements which Neely introduced in Season 1. Then you get to the super-dark and very cool Vandal Savage Arrives, reminding us of his role in Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow.

It says a lot that Producer Greg Berlanti has given Neely so much room to explore each of these series and their musical backbones. Having such a talent across all of your superhero shows creates a serious amount of connective tissue, so it's enjoyable to hear elements of Arrow and Legends pop up in a song like Who is Kendra?.... But such connections can create potential headaches for all involved, which Neely so masterfully stays far away from, weaving every series throughout each other, in the same way Berlanti does that with his superhero crossover episodes.

Throughout Season 2, we're gifted with this kind of dynamic sound (evident in the incredible Stuck in the Speed Force), as well as shown more tender moments that have also become Neely staples. You Have a Son... and The Right Decision are just such themes, filled with whole-noted synths to drive the beat and a piano melody to melt the mood. But then it's back to the Wagner-esque pulses of Let it Snow Villains which offer some very nice tympani. You can never get enough tymps in my opinion. I also love how Neely and Berlanti treat Season 2 as even more dark than 1, injecting our hero with a conflict that will upend his team, his love for Iris, and even the world that he knows. While I loved the playfulness of Season 1 expressed in Neely's work, I think his mood change for Season 2 resonates even more.

For 25 tracks, Neely takes us through the emotional heartbeats of Season 2, reminding us of his absolute command of the television score. All you have to do is read my other reviews of his recent Arrow, Legends, and Supergirl scores (which you can read HERE, HERE, and HERE) to see just how good Neely has become. He never overuses a character's theme, and yet it always seems to be there either lurking in the background or finding a spot right up front. I'll say it again from my review of Supergirl: Much like the network that employs him, Neely is boldly pushing new frontiers and the effect is pure joy.

In reading the liner notes, it's clear that Neely appreciates the love which audiences have given him. He certainly earns that again with perhaps his best effort so far in The Flash: Original Television Soundtrack Season 2. This is The Flash and the world we had hoped CW would bring, learning from the overly-slow and universe-limiting Smallville to deliver a fantastic score that will find itself vying for Top Soundtrack of 2016.

The Flash: Original Television Soundtrack Season 2 is now available on CD and digital download.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

#MarvelCollectorCorps Review: December 2016

Marvel Collector Corps ends 2016 on a high note with their very good X-MEN box.

Review by Matt Cummings

It's been an interesting first year for Funko's Marvel Collector Corps. Having experienced a terrific opening, the subscription box service descended into chaos with its disastrous Marvel STUPOR BOX and August's less-than-awesome SPIDER-MAN. With October's DOCTOR STRANGE, we witnessed the uneven nature of what these boxes have become, displaying Funko's best and worst faces and making us wonder if our money would be better spent someplace else. As the final box of the year arrives in X-MEN, we see all the splendor of what a great box can deliver, even though we've been able to read between the lines of Funko's message.

The Promise

Before we begin, let's look at the original deal and MCC's current offering: promising a value of $50, regular boxes would keep the "fluff" (their words) to a minimum with Funko partnering each time to deliver an exclusive figure. Regardless if you joined at the Founders level or took on a per-box delivery, the Year One box was offered for an additional cost of $135 after tax. That's approximately the price of 4 regular boxes. Founders (like myself) were offered first crack at purchasing these, which were billed as "bigger and better than anything that's come before" in their PR materials. Without belaying the matter, we all know how their Super Box turned out.

The Delivery
As always, we use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see exactly what happened. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:


The Guts
Having no movie or even a comic book series on which to jump into the theme, December's X-Men might seem out of place. And that's ok: we don't need gear tied to a franchise that is in flux, with the news of a reboot and the firing of Director Bryan Singer. Luckily, this box is better than most from the series, featuring a wide variety of excellent Pop! gear.

Pin/Patch
The usually solid pin/patch set returns to awesomeness, gifting us a great Storm patch. We don't mind that Actor Halle Berry doesn't have her face emblazoned here, as she hasn't exactly been the Storm we had hoped for. We do like the comic version of the character as depicted here: it's understated and actually quite well done. The same goes for the awesome Magneto pin, which again reminds us of the various comic versions of this iconic and complex baddie. WIN and WIN.

The Comic
Another very solid entry in MCC's boxes has been the variant comic covers. I'm not deep enough into my Marvel comic book reading to enjoy Champions yet, but it's nice to see Cyclops featured here. WIN.

The Wearable
October had perhaps the best shirt (so far) of 2016, but that got replaced when my eyes fell upon this month's Xavier School shirt. I love how soft it is, and the logo is impressive. It would have taken a lot for me to trade in my Strange shirt, but this one makes that decision easy. WIN.

The Best Pop! of the Year?
Wow. That's all I can say about Wolverine and his motorcycle. The figure sculpt is colorful and detailed, as is the bike. It's perhaps the best Pop! figure of the year from MCC, and this one will enjoy a place of pride among the others in my collection. WIN.

Beautiful (But Curious) Rock Candy Submission
Let's be clear: I love Pop! and dislike anything that isn't The reasons are simple: better sculpts, greater inventory of franchises on which to draw. And while usually my concerns are justified, I'm happy to admit my error this time when it comes to the gorgeous Mystique figure. There's a lot of the comic books happening here, with her trademark dress/belt combo and sexy short hair. My only concern is why she's been included here in the first place: it's clear that Funko is hoping to expand its presence with Rock Candy, but I didn't order Rock Candy-themed merch. I have no interest in collecting it, and its inclusion here doesn't make me want to invest in it. So while I like the item, I'm branding this one a PUSH.

The Bottom Line
December's Marvel Collector Corps box ends 2016 on a high(ish) note, delivering in several key areas and perhaps establishing new levels of awesome for some items in the process. But it's also clear that Funko has every intention of establishing Rock Candy figures into their boxes (as we've seen from DC's Legion of Collectors). Whether we want it or not, Rock Candy is here to stay, even if it means risking the failure of the box itself. With our yearly survey from the company complete, it's clear from the questions they asked that Funko is looking to move into new directions. The question is, will fans accept them? No matter what 2017 holds, MCC needs to re-establish itself as a sub box on the edge of cool, shoring up uneven areas but boldly experimenting with new lines not related to Pop! or Candy. How orgasmic would it be to see Hasbro enter with an exclusive Marvel Legends figure? If we're still talking about the same mix of (albeit mostly great) categories at the end of Year Two, will fans consider such predictability a failure? It's a thought that no one wants to entertain, but one that needs to be addressed. We'll continue to enter our thoughts upon the digital chalkboard, by providing you with all the evidence you'll need to make an informed decision. For now, enjoy a very good final entry for the year!

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Ryan Gosling Will Play Neil Armstrong In Chazelle's biopic First Man

Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer penned the adaptation from James Hansen's book First Man: The Life Of Neil Armstrong. Armstrong was, of course, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. First Man chronicles his time as a Navy bomber flyer and then test pilot, where he pushed planes to the limit and beyond. In the 1960s, he was recruited to work for NASA, rising up the ranks and ending up leading 1969’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Chazelle has been attached to the film since just after Whiplash, and Gosling has always been his first choice for the role. Gosling was first mentioned in connection with it in November, 2015, but various other commitments – such as the small matter of Blade Runner 2049 – were in the way. Decks now clear, however, all the deals are signed, and the film is finally on the launching pad

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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.



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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.



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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.



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An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of adversity.


In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant TOMMY SAUNDERS (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent RICHARD DESLAURIERS (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner ED DAVIS (John Goodman), Sergeant JEFFREY PUGLIESE (J.K. Simmons) and nurse CAROL SAUNDERS (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.



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An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of adversity.


In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant TOMMY SAUNDERS (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent RICHARD DESLAURIERS (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner ED DAVIS (John Goodman), Sergeant JEFFREY PUGLIESE (J.K. Simmons) and nurse CAROL SAUNDERS (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.



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Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with SPLIT , an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.


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Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

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Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with SPLIT , an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.


While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.



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Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To An Advance Screening For SPLIT In DALLAS

Enter for a chance to see SPLIT on January 17 at 7:30 PM in DALLAS.

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with SPLIT , an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.


While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.



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Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

Email us at screenings@sandwichjohnfilms.com
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This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability

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Top 10 Movies of 2016

2016's top films feature a diversity of genres, but was the industry better off as a result?
Story by Matt Cummings

I think it's safe to say that 2016 was one of the worst years in recent memory: shootings, rising tensions abroad, and (another) highly-divisive election was book-ended by high-profile deaths that began their march in January (David Bowie), ripped through the Summer (Prince), and ended with an awful December (George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds). Similarly, we saw a movie industry plagued with more than a dozen high-profile failures and outright disappointments (Independence Day: Resurgence, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Norm of the North, The Fifth Wave among many, many others). But, a few films did rise to the top, punctuated by stellar performances, incredible action sequences, smart comedy, and beautiful musical moments.

As always, our list is generated on factors such as memorability, quality, and a completely selfish desire of whether we would pay to buy it or care to watch it again. This list reflects only the 70 movies we watched and reviewed for the site. Many Oscar films might win awards for their technical mastery, but how many of them would you actually watch more than once? With that in mind, here are our top films of 2016. We've also added our links to the original reviews:

10. Arrival (Dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Plot: When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor, Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the alien passengers inside.(via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Beautifully shot and expertly acted, Arrival is also an amazing movie experience. We've talked many times about the differences between Science-Fiction (Blade Runner, The Quiet Earth, Oblivion) and Sci-Fi (Star Wars, Star Trek, Starship Troopers), and this gem starring Amy Adams, Forest Whittaker, and Jeremy Renner was a refreshingly bold film that told several stories at one time. The music by Jóhann Jóhannsson was simply breathtaking and Cinematographer Bradford Young's style forced audiences to slow down instead of assaulting our senses. Based on my appreciation for Arrival, I cannot wait to see Villanueve's vision for Blade Runner 2049.

9. Star Trek Beyond (Dir. Justin Lin)
Plot: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Beyond was a refreshing release from one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent memory, punctuated by very good performances by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban who have become my second-favorite Star Trek crew. I really like Idris Elba's villain, and the story in general hit every creative tone that made The Original Series so good. Considering all the bad news of its production (loss of director, etc), we were very satisfied with the results. As a side note, I originally ranked 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness at #3, but I'd place Beyond much higher.

8. The Accountant (Dir. Gavin O'Connor)
Plot: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: One of the best action movies of the year, The Accountant also had something to say about the choices that people make which determine who they will become. For Affleck's Christian Wolff, many of those choices were taken away, as Autism swept through his early life. That dysfunction makes for some interesting imagery in The Accountant, one of the most violent films of 2016. But the film is also smart, funny, and filled with very good performances by Affleck, JK Simmons, and Jon Bernthal. As I stated in my review, there's a lot of John Wick in The Accountant, and it would be hard for me to choose one over the other. This duo would make for an excellent marathon, but be prepared for some interesting twists in The Accountant, which kicked-off a far-better Fall movie season than that awful Summer.

7. La La Land (Dir. Damien Chazelle)
Plot: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: One of the most beautiful and rewarding movies of 2016, La La Land was also one of the most poignant, as the story doesn't end in the way audiences might have expected. But along the way, we're treated to several memorable musical numbers and dance sequences, most of which are performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who enjoy terrific on-screen chemistry. This is their third and perhaps best film together, which makes the ending all the more impactful. The tale of relationships in Hollywood is a cautionary one, but Director Chazelle manages to make that gut punch an Oscar shoe-in.

6. Doctor Strange (Dir. Scott Derrickson)
Plot: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Not only does Doctor Strange feature one of the best casts of 2016, it's also a ton of mind-bending fun. Our love of Marvel movies not withstanding, we really enjoyed the trippy nature of Director Derrickson's vision and applaud Marvel Studios for taking such a bold visual risk. Benedict Cumberbatch is Steven Strange, even if he does come off as a medical version of Tony Stark (which he is in the comics), but Cumberbatch also inhabits Strange with a clever mix of brains and humor that might also remind audiences of his titular character in Sherlock. Marvel keep churning out the high-quality hits, but this one only occupies our #7 spot on Marvel's All-Time List, but don't let that keep you from seeing it in a theater. It establishes a whole new wing of the MCU, and features one of the best end-credit scenes of the franchise.

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dir. Gareth Edwards)
Plot: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of 2016, Rogue One is a stunning visual spectacle as The Galactic Empire's control over the galaxy is in full force. Felicity Jones and Diego Luna wear the Rebellion on their faces in different ways. For Jones, it's the thought that her father (a very good Mads Mikkelson) might be an Imperial collaborator, while Luna's 'Rebellion' is also a murderous one. The CGI is the best of the year, with large scale battles looking as excellent as the various worlds that Edwards introduces. And then there's Darth Vader (voiced again by James Earl Jones), truly one of the most menacing villains of all time. The last 5 minutes of Rogue One is unforgettable in the chances it takes, both in the fate of its leads but also in the way it re-establishes Vader as the biggest baddie of them all. Say what you want about those Uncanny Valleys, but Rogue One proves that Star Wars is more than a Skywalker-led universe. See it and see it often.

4. Jackie (Dir. Pablo Larraín)
Plot: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Perhaps the best biopic of the last decade, Jackie is also a hard film to pin down. Not your typical biopic cryfest, Jackie is unique in both its visual styling by Director Larrain but also in the four-quadrant stories it tells. This is a film about incredible loss and how one person bares the brunt of it while the nation joined her. That makes for some really terrific moments, and Actor Natalie Portman all but wraps up her Oscar for bringing a perfect mix of naivety and fierce political determination to the role. I also applaud Lorrain for turning the potentially tasteless re-enactment of the assassination into a powerful moment that changed our country overnight. I expect to see Jackie nominated for Best Actress, Director, and Film and it's easily one of the best (and most important) films of the year.

3. Hell or High Water (Dir. David Mackenzie)
Plot: A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: One of the great aspects of writing for a site is the chance to see movies which one might not get to, given our hectic schedules, poor marketing, or other factors. Such is the case with Director David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, a thrilling, grounded, and (surprisingly) funny drama that also features a biting political message. The 2008 Housing Crisis put a lot of people out of their homes and created desperation across the country. It's in this environment that we get one of the best character dramas of the year, bolstered by strong performances by Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and a hilariously curt Jeff Bridges. Hell or High Water makes you feel the desperation of a West Texas community that seems on the edge of collapse. In that way alone, expect to see it appear on several Best-Of lists, even though it might be the least appreciated film of the year in terms of marketing. It's my hope that AMPAS will see past that and reward it with several Oscar noms, because while it doesn't do anything new, it does those things really, really well.

2. The Nice Guys (Dir. Shane Black)
Plot: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Another one of those least-appreciated films from 2016 arrives in the excellent The Nice Guys, Director Shane Black's hilarious buddy cop comedy. It was great to see Actors Rusell Crowe and Ryan Gosling pal around while solving a mystery that soon gets wildly out of hand. Sadly, audiences didn't cozy up to the caper, but it's done very well on home video, which gives me hope that a sequel might one day be in the works. I won't hold my breath, but for now check out another under-appreciated gem.

1. Captain America: Civil War (Dirs. Joe and Anthony Russo)
Plot: Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. (via IMDB)
Why We Like It: Ok, I know that my love for Marvel movies is well-documented, but you have to admit that Civil War was the best widely-distributed release of the Summer. What wasn't to like: two teams of friends growing distant over the UN's insistence that they agree to the Sekovia Accords, leading to a fierce battle that reveals a terrible hidden truth about one character's checkered past. Actors Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. bring the family drama home in a way that's meaningful and distinctly sad. We witness the end of their friendship and the further graying of loyalties between a world that needs the Avengers and yet cannot trust them. Talk about having real-world implications. The re-re-introduction of Spider-man represented the best film ever to feature the webslinger, and the introduction of Black Panther promises to blow open yet another wing in the MCU. Civil War is a stinging commentary on our times, but it won't ever win an Oscar because of its genre, a decision that I hope MPAS will one day recognize and correct.

We also loved Anthropoid, the remake of The Magnificent Seven, Deepwater Horizon, Birth of a Nation, and Triple 9, each of which is now available at your local Redbox or on disc through Netflix.

What were your top movies of 2016? Comment below and get involved in the conversation!

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