Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Best and Worst Movies of 2016: Rosy the Reviewer's Top Ten

In my movie-going life over the last year, I have kissed a lot of movie frogs but I have also danced with a lot of movie princes, so I thought I would share what I have learned so you can avoid the frogs and find your prince.

Here is my list of the Best and the Worst movies of 2016. 

It is not a comprehensive list by any means, because I haven't seen every movie released, so you can think of this list more as those that were my favorites and those I hated.  I give you a little pithy comment about each, but if you want more details, click on the film title to read my original full review.

***The Best***

1. La La Land

Rosy the Reviewer says...a modern musical masterpiece that is sure to sweep the Oscars.

2. Manchester by the Sea

Rosy the Reviewer says...a sad, sad story but a visual delight with exceptional performances.  Expect some Oscar nominations for this.


3. Hell or High Water

Rosy the Reviewer says...come hell or high water, see this modern western that gives the human side of the financial crisis and the banking debacle.


4. Loving

Rosy the Reviewer says...with amazing performances by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, this film shows what Mildred and Richard Loving went through to marry and the resulting landmark Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, which ended the illegality of interracial marriage. 

5. Sully

Rosy the Reviewer says...even though we know how this ends, it's still a white knuckle ride.

6. Moonlight

Rosy the Reviewer says...an important film that can be appreciated for the acting, the directing choices and the production values, but more importantly, it also explores the universal themes of coming of age in a world of harsh realities and how difficult it is to find love and connection in a world where there seems to be neither. 

7. Weiner

Rosy the Reviewer says...we can laugh all we want about his unfortunate name and his sad predilections, but this is a tragic tale of bright promise dashed by narcissism.

8. Bad Moms

Rosy the Reviewer says...girls just want to have fun!  And so do Moms!  Finally, a comedy that is actually funny!  You go, girls!

9. The Accountant

Rosy the Reviewer says...best thriller of the year!

10. Nothing Left Unsaid

Rosy the Reviewer says...a beautiful and moving story of a mother and a son and his desire to know everything about his mother so that when she is gone, there is "nothing left unsaid."  We should all do likewise.

***The Worst***

1.  Independence Day: Resurgence

Rosy the Reviewer says...the title should have been "Independence Day: Redundant!"

2. Zoolander 2

Rosy the Reviewer says...the first "Zoolander" was a one joke movie so why make another one when we all know the punchline?

3. Mother's Day


Rosy the Reviewer says...old jokes about old people that weren't funny, far-fetched situations, obnoxiously precocious kids and a lot of wasted star power.

4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Rosy the Reviewer says...a big fat unfunny mess!

5. The Brothers Grimsby

Rosy the Reviewer says...Where is Borat when you need him?

6. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you saw the first "Neighbors," you've seen this one.

7. The 5th Wave

Rosy the Reviewer says...please, Lord, don't let there be a 6th Wave!


8.  Now You See Me 2

Rosy the Reviewer says...I wish I hadn't seen you!

9.  Ride Along 2

Rosy the Reviewer says...despite my admiration for Kevin Hart, this was one long, unfunny ride!

10. The Legend of Tarzan

Rosy the Reviewer says...the only good thing about this movie was Skarsgard taking off his shirt.

Do you see a trend here with my worst movies? 

You can see that they are mostly comedies and mostly sequels.  You all know how much I hate sequels so that is not a surprise, but since so few comedies make me laugh, I am starting to wonder if I have lost my sense of humor.  But then, I think, no, those movies just weren't funny.  Isn't a comedy supposed to make you laugh?  Well, I didn't.

So, what do you think? 

What were your favorite and least favorite films in 2016?

Looking forward to what 2017 has to offer and wishing you all the best for a fantastic 2017. Why not resolve to, not only see more movies in 2017, but to check back here regularly for my reviews?  I won't steer you wrong!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thanks for reading!

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The Week in Reviews
(What to See or Read and What to Avoid)

 and the latest on

"My 1001 Movies I Must See Before 

 I Die Project." 

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