Book By Book
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Time for a recap of the movies I saw this past year and which were my favorites. You can find a full list of ALL of my movie reviews (these recent ones plus past years) under the Movie Reviews tab.
We watched a total of just 19 movies in 2016, quite a drop from the 54 movies we watched in 2015! My husband and I had a lot more free time together this past year, with our nest emptying in September, but I think our movie-watching went down as our TV watching ramped up even higher! With streaming services, cable channels, and networks, there are just SO MANY great TV shows on now that it's tough to keep up with them all. But, more on TV tomorrow, with my 2016 TV Summary.
So, we watched 19 movies, in a nice mix of different genres (see the full 2016 list below, with links to my reviews – no spoilers!). Now, for some superlatives:
This was out last movie of 2016, watched in New Year's Eve, and one of the best. I could have fit it into other categories because this movie has it all – humor, drama, romance, and great music. It's the story of a group of teen boys – very ordinary, uncool boys – who start a band in 1980's Dublin. The movie is a lot of fun and it's uplifting, too – a great way to end the year! (or start a new one). Did I mention the music? I was listening to the Sing Street soundtrack on Spotify today, and it brought a smile to my face.
Do I have to choose a favorite in this category? All three that I marked as our favorites – this one, Ex Machina, and Star Trek Beyond - were excellent. But, this is Star Wars! My husband and I both loved this return to the Star Wars world – and enjoyed seeing it on the big screen in the theater (a rare treat for us).
Granted, it was the only family movie we watched this year, but it was worthy of the win. I had my doubts since Disney's classic animated version is an old favorite of mine, but the high-tech effects were amazing, and the casting was perfect. Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear? Plus, they left in our favorite songs. All in all, a very enjoyable evening that left us singing.
Once again, the only film in the category that I watched this year! TV also crowded out the movies I usually watch on my own, including documentaries. This one was a lot of fun and completely heartwarming.
Here are all the movies we watched in 2016, listed by genre, with our favorites marked with an *
All Good Things – a creepy, psychological thriller based on true story
American Ultra – action-packed thriller with plenty of humor, about a stoner turned secret agent
Bridge of Spies – a quiet, suspenseful story based on real-life spy swap
* Eye in the Sky – a powerful, thought-provoking story about modern warfare
* The Girl on the Train – dark, twisty thriller based on the best-selling novel
The Legend of Tarzan – a new twist on the classic jungle adventure
* ROOM – Suspenseful, heartwarming – based on the best-selling novel
* Stuck in Love – warm, funny atypical romcom about a family's loves
The Intern – light, warm, funny movie about 70-year old intern
* Sing Street – a musical/comedy/drama about a group of teen boys who start a band in 1980's Dublin
Thin Ice – a comedy/crime caper starring Greg Kinnear & Alan Arkin
A Walk in the Woods - light, mildly funny movie based on Bill Bryson's book
Captain America: Civil War - Avengers movie – action-packed with a complex plot
* Ex Machina – thoughtful, suspenseful, highly-acclaimed sci fi thriller
Project Almanac – fun, fast-paced story of teens who time travel
* Star Trek Beyond – action-packed sci fi adventure with a sense of humor
* Star Wars: The Force Awakens – continuation of the classic epic space saga
* The Jungle Book – live-action/CGI version of the classic favorite
Twinsters – charming, warm story of two possibly long-lost sisters who find each other