the good movies of 2016 ("didn't waste my money")

This list is limited to the movies I watched in theaters. A number next to the movie title indicates if I saw a movie multiple times in the cinema. These are categorized in alphabetical order, and for more info on the somewhat self-explanatory categories, click here to read more about them. Thanks for reading and make sure to let me know what you think about the list and my choices, and we can discuss!



10 Cloverfield Lane

If this didn’t have the Cloverfield imprint and forced ending, might have loved this; everything inside the bunker is the best, so well acted, claustrophobic and intense.


Great performances but inconsistent. Doesn't work as well as a movie than what I imagine the stage play is like.

Finding Dory

Fun and emotional, but the 3rd act threw that out the window.

Hacksaw Ridge

Two very different, very powerful and affecting films.

Hail, Caesar!

Funny, but just didn’t add up in the end.


Good traditional movie lifted by great performances and incredible true story.

The Jungle Book

Crazy insane visuals/CG work (this movie was filmed all on a soundstage in LA, with the boy being the only real thing in the whole movie!), okay story.


Perfectly satisfactory and appropriately emotional, exactly what it needs and what I wanted it to be.

The Lobster

So interesting, so weird, so engaging, so uncomfortable.


Solidly normal.

Manchester By the Sea

Great acting, just too real and dark.


Long but profound, incredible storytelling and acting. Interesting filmmaking choices.


Another solid, dependable film.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2)

Tries to tell too many different stories, but only loved a few. Nothing special or new for this superhero film.


Interesting but contradictory themes. Funny and cute though.

Stay tuned for the next article where I'll share which movies I saw in theaters that fell into the "Going In My Blu-Ray Collection" category.

Check out the rest of my 2016 Movie List here:
The Eh & Worst of 2016