Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part Four (10-6)

Continuing my top 25 films of 2016 list.

10. Star Trek: Beyond

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I was not a big fan of Into Darkness and the trailers for this didn’t exactly excite me. Yet, with new writers and a new director, Beyond went back to its roots. Trading a cacophony of action for intelligence, well-drawn characters and fan-pleasing details. It didn’t mean the action scenes it did have weren’t spectacular as the destruction of the Enterprise and the Swarm were both emotional and joyous.

Highlight: It has to be the beautiful touches that remembered both Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin as well as that picture of the original crew.

9. Florence Foster Jenkins

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A warm, witty, New York-tinged dramedy with a great performance from Meryl Streep but an even better one from Hugh Grant. Funny, musically joyous and heartbreaking in equal measure. A golden hued delight.

Highlight: Jazz party

8. Nerve

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A real underrated gem. Drenched in colourful neon with a great soundtrack and an interesting premise. It mixed an episode of Black Mirror with the teen high school dramas I love and though it has flaws, it really connected with me. If only they had the balls to go with the darker ending instead of going for a happy ending and it would’ve been a much more memorable film.

Highlight: The lights go dim/Diner dancing

7. Zootropolis

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Of course, I love Disney so this is a no-brainer. It doesn’t look like much on the outside but its beautiful animation, gorgeous score and rich characters help to make this socially conscious animation sing.

Highlight: Rainforest confessions

6. Room

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An early contender for favourite film of the year, Room is an emotionally charged yet oddly life-affirming drama. With superb central performances and harrowing scenes that will break your heart, there’s so much to love and respect about Room, it’s gorgeous score included.

Highlight: Jack escapes

Check back soon for the final 5.

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