Watched in 2016

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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 754,017 | Gross: $936.66M

Exhilarating! Totally loved it! Surprisingly emotional as well. 2016-01-03.

2. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 287,968 | Gross: $70.26M

Super adaptation of the complicated but enthralling story by Michael Lewis. 2016-01-10.

3. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

Votes: 57,774 | Gross: $19.39M

This is a rewatch. I had just finished Michael Chabon's novel, on which this movie was based. This is warmer than the book! 2016-02-01.

4. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

93 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 337,199 | Gross: $45.06M

Superb! My choice for the 2015 Best Picture Oscar. 2016-02-24.

5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 546,522 | Gross: $330.36M

Epic scale, but a bit too overstuffed, story-wise. Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg were awesome. 2016-03-27.

6. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 523,522 | Gross: $408.08M

Action packed. Spidey injected humor into the proceedings. Some emotional notes too! 2016-05-14.

7. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 19,805 | Gross: $1.33M

Modern war at its most treacherous. Insightful. 2016-05-27.

8. Steve Jobs (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 133,000 | Gross: $17.75M

Fantastic dramatization of the Steve Jobs story! 2016-05-30.

9. Whiplash (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 570,172 | Gross: $13.09M

Torture through music. What makes people great? JK Simmons is electrifying! 2016-06-07.

10. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,750

Short, persuasive and harrowing! 2016-09-06.

11. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 120,141 | Gross: $119.19M

Did this really happen? Terribly enlightening! 2016-09-11.

12. Sully (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey

Votes: 184,975 | Gross: $125.07M

Not as epic as I would have hoped. First time at Jordan's IMAX in Reading though! 2016-09-17.

13. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 206,227 | Gross: $119.52M

I was prompted to see this because my little nephew likes a Johnny Cash song. This movie was pretty emotional throughout! 2016-11-06.

14. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 470,087 | Gross: $100.55M

Visually gorgeous. Marvelous and emotional. A superb adaptation of a tricky short story! 2016-11-26.

15. Rogue One (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 442,187 | Gross: $532.18M

Blown away. Now that's how to make a prequel. 2016-12-28.



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