If you have time on your hands this festive season, why not spend a few hours catching up on the top movies from 2016? Here’s a list of the best films we saw this year, from rom-coms to action dramas.
Eye In The Sky
This fast-paced political thriller follows Colonel Katherine Powell’s (Helen Mirren) secret drone mission to bring down a terrorist group in Kenya. But, when drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) reports a nine-year-old girl in the kill zone a decision must be made. Poignantly, Alan Rickman gives his last on-screen performance, as Mirren’s boss.
The Jungle Book
The remake of Walt Disney’s 1967 animation mixes live action with special effects, plus an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The story follows Mowgli, raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, who must leave his home when evil tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. You’ll love the lush imagery and brilliant new soundtrack.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne stars as writer and wizard Newt Scamander in this new fantasy written by J.K. Rowling. Set 70 years before Harry Potter’s time, the story tracks the wizarding and ‘muggle’ worlds in their early days, and what happens when the creatures in Newt’s magic briefcase escape. Colin Farrell also stars.
A bit of comic relief never hurt anyone, and we loved this hilarious film about three moms who’ve reached the end of their tethers. Amy (Mila Kunis), Carla (Kathryn Hahn), and Kiki (Kristin Bell) are feeling over-worked and under-appreciated, and decide to throw a massive mom’s house party to put them in better moods. It’s easy to relate to and will have you in stitches.
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston heads up this biopic about Dalton Trumbo, a 1940s screenwriter who was blacklisted for being a Communist. Helen Mirren channels old Hollywood glamour as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who has a flamboyant taste for hats. A fresh take on a fascinating part of history.
A Bigger Splash
Tilda Swinton stars as singer Marianne, whose holiday with boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) is disrupted by the arrival of Harry (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson). Passion consumes the foursome – with dangerous results.
The Light Between Oceans
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander play lighthouse keeper Tom and his wife Isabel, a woman desperate for a baby. Then, an infant washes up in a rowing boat near their home. This is a heartbreaker!
Amy Adams is brilliant in this sci-fi drama about a specialised linguist who’s recruited by the military to help communicate with aliens. When spacecrafts appear all over the world, country leaders are in a frenzy to find out why they’ve come, and what they want. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star.
The Nice Guys
Russell Crowe channels his “bad cop” persona in this darkly amusing comedy-mystery. He plays enforcer Jackson Healy who, along with out-of-work PI Holland March (Ryan Gosling), is hired to investigate a young girl’s disappearance. They soon get wrapped up in a conspiracy.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and her Mad Hatter friend (Johnny Depp) are back in this magical sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland hit. From producer Tim Burton, the film tracks Alice’s adventures as she returns to Underland to stop the Hatter from giving into his darker side. There’s also an excellent performance from Sacha Baron Cohen who plays Time.