Watched in 2016by rickumali | created - 04 Jan 2016 | updated - 28 Dec 2016 | Public
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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
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
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
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.
Votes: 133,000 | Gross: $17.75M
Fantastic dramatization of the Steve Jobs story! 2016-05-30.
9. Whiplash (2014)
R | 107 min | Drama, Music
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.
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.
Short, persuasive and harrowing! 2016-09-06.
11. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 120,141 | Gross: $119.19M
Did this really happen? Terribly enlightening! 2016-09-11.
12. Sully (2016)
PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama
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.
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
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.
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
A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.
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
The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.
Votes: 442,187 | Gross: $532.18M
Blown away. Now that's how to make a prequel. 2016-12-28.