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23rd Dec 2016

The 16 films from 2016 that you really need to see

*Gets popcorn*

Paul Moore

Now that you’ve some free time, these are all highly recommended.

Yeah it’s another end of year list, but we’re going to try and keep this one as brief and helpful as possible. In no particular order, here are some of the films that we absolutely loved in 2016.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Plot: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

It’s almost like: Flight of the Conchords meets Moonrise Kingdom.

Watch it because: It’s the best film of the year because it somehow manages to balance laughs, lunacy and lovely moments. We can’t recommend it highly enough.



Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

It’s almost like: The style of All the President’s Men if it examined the scandals in the Catholic church.

Watch it because: It won the Oscar for Best Picture. See why.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, winner of Best Cinematography for 'The Revenant," actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for 'The Revenant,' director Alejandro Inarritu, winner of Best Director for 'The Revenant,' and Producer Steve Golin, winner of Best Film for 'Spotlight,' attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)


Plot: A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.

It’s almost like: A really f**ked up version of Spider-Man that goes heavy on the gore and cursing.

Go see it because: Sometimes, you just want to see a film that’s fun. This is an absolute riot.

Eye in the Sky

Plot: Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

It’s almost like: A very real discussion of the morals and consequences that drone warfare involves.

Go see it because: You’ll finish the film and question your own moral viewpoint. It stays with you after leaving the cinema, which is always a good thing.

Clip via – FilmTrailerZone


Plot: An in-depth look at the life and music of the iconic rock band, Oasis.

It’s almost like: Being on the tour with the band.

Go see it because: Music, drugs, booze, fights and iconic tunes. The story about their gig in Whisky A Go Go is unintentional comedic gold.



Plot:  A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.

It’s almost like: Gareth Edwards’ Monsters mixed with Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Go see it because: The film has so many different layers, but the ending is very brave and thought provoking.

A scene from the film ARRIVAL by Paramount Pictures

Green Room

Plot: A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

It’s almost like: The nastiness of Deliverance mixed with the claustrophobia of Panic Room, all soundtracked by some punk-rock music.

Go see it because: Patrick Stewart’s villain will chill your bones while Anton Yelchin’s quite stoicism will make you mourn his tragic passing even more.


Captain America: Civil War

Plot: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

It’s almost like: The film that Avengers: Age of Ultron, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so desperately wishes they were.

Go see it because: In a summer season that was desperately poor on quality, this was the clear winner. BY. A. MILE.

America Captain Timelapse

The Edge of Seventeen

Plot: High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

It’s almost like: If Catcher in the Rye was set in the modern-era and re-imagined with Holden Caulfield as a teenage girl.

Go see it because: Hailee Steinfeld delivers an absolute tour-de-force and her scenes with Woody Harrelson are a joy to watch.



Plot: An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

It’s almost like: The social commentary and sweeping narrative of Roots combined with a myriad of inventive documentary styles (Louis Theroux and Making A Murderer come to mind).

Go see it because: Cinema is is an emotive art form. This should leave you angry, frustrated and demanding answers.


Don’t Breathe

Plot: Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn’t as helpless as he seems.

It’s almost like: A really sinister version of Home Alone.

Go see it because: We’re aware that it’s not even close to being the best film of the year, but it was that rarest of things, a genuinely claustrophobic and gripping horror film.


Hell or High Water

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.

It’s almost like: True Grit with a modern twist.

Go see it because: Chris Pine gives his best ever performance.

The Revenant

Plot: A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

It’s almost like: The Thin Red Line mixed with Alive

Go see it because: It looks beautiful and it’s the role that finally saw Leonardo Di Caprio land that Oscar.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for 'The Revenant,' and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Director for 'The Revenant,' pose in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The Nice Guys

Plot: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

It’s almost like: The porn world of Boogie Nights meets the writing of Shane Black – he’s responsible for Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Go see it because: Ryan Gosling has never been funnier and there are some truly wonderful one-liners and deranged scenes.

Bone Tomahawk

Plot: Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

It’s almost like: No Country for Old Men meets The Hills Have Eyes.

Go see it because: One scene will stay with you for the rest of your life. Trust us.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Plot: In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

It’s almost like: Black Hawk Down in a galaxy far, far away.

Go see it because: The last hour is a thrill ride which features a truly iconic Star Wars scene.

Honorable mentions to : Victoria, Sing Street, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Train to Busan, Midnight Special, Weiner and The Young Offenders.