My Top 20 Films of 2016
20: The Big Short (***)
An energetic take on the 2008 crash - but it's no Wolf Of Wall Street.
19: Doctor Strange (***)
A fun introduction to a new Marvel superhero.
18: Captain America: Civil War (***)
A great superhero mash-up (but Spidey gets more than a little annoying after a while). There's a sense that this isn't as good as Winter Soldier - but it doesn't really matter.
17: Deadpool (***)
Wrong on so many levels, and not all the jokes work - but when they do, this is one of the funniest films of the year. Not sure it'd stand up to repeated views, though.
16: High-Rise (***)
Highly ambitious. Highly flawed. There's plenty of great bits, but some times it's too surreal, and some of the experimentation doesn't work out.
15: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (***1/2)
Great, like discovering a new Harry Potter novel as a kid.
14: The Revenant (***1/2)
Beautiful to look at and well acted.
13: I, Daniel Blake (***1/2)
A socially important film, even if it's possible to see the story coming off a mile away.
12: Spotlight (***1/2)
Understated, insightful, respectable.
11: The Jungle Book (***1/2)
Feel good fun!
10: Julieta (***1/2)
I loved this. It's quiet for an Almodovar film, with some beautiful shots and acting.
9: Arrival (***1/2)
Intelligent sci-fi. Great performances, too!
8: Zootropolis (****)
Another feel good Disney hit, with an important message at its heart and an annoyingly catchy Shakira pop song!
7: The Hateful Eight (****)
When I realised the Thing homage, I was in love! Quite pleased I worked out the twist, too.
6: The Nice Guys (****)
Wrong on so many levels. This was the film where I realised just how much I liked Ryan Gosling as a performer.
5: Creed (****)
The biggest surprise of my film year - just how great this Rocky spin-off actually was! Fun, heartfelt and a great dollop of nostalgia.
4: Room (****)
A beautiful portrait of human hope, and how we look at the world. Loved it.
3: Son Of Saul (****1/2)
2: Green Room (****1/2)
A true roller coaster, with a great central concept. Anton Yelchin, you'll be missed.
1: Hunt For The Wilderpeople (*****)
Funny/sad/barmy. Everything you could want from a trip to the cinema!
My Worst Film Of 2016...
First of all: Independence Day: Resurgence (*1/2)
But also!: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (*1/2)