We asked JFC writers Sam Johnson, Anna Williamson and Jonathan Falconer what their top five films were for 2016. Here's what caught their eye...
This film follows pretty much the same format as every other Marvel film; good guys versus bad guys, internal struggle and obstacles occur, then good guys win. It's a winning combo. It was a gamble whether putting all the heroes together in one film again would work, but any film with Chris Evans (hot), Scarlett Johansson (hotter) and Robert Downey Jr. (hottest) is a winner for me.
4. Imperium (Dir. Daniel Ragussis)
This is maybe the first film where I don’t constantly refer to Daniel Radcliffe’s character as “Harry”. Radcliffe is totally convincing as Nate Foster, the FBI agent who infiltrates a group of white supremacists. Interspersed with real footage from rallies and KKK activities, this film was incredibly tense from beginning to end. Terrifying subject matter, excellent movie.
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Dir. David Yates)
I was sceptical that this film could live up to the hype, and while I don’t know if it quite managed it, I still loved it. The love story seemed like an unnecessary addition, but the imaginative creatures, engaging characters and outstanding CGI more than made up for it. At the end of the day, anything that keeps the Harry Potter magic alive a little longer is alright by me.
2. Finding Dory (Dir. Andrew Stanton)
Sequels can be tricky, and since Finding Nemo is the best-selling DVD title of all time, this sequel really had its work cut out. But Disney/Pixar rose to the challenge and created yet another magical, loveable, adorable hit. All your favourite characters from the first film make an appearance, plus some hilarious new ones. Fishy fun for all the family – again!
1. Hail, Caesar! (Dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
It’s not that this film doesn’t have a plot, it’s just that it’s ended up being the least important thing about the film. Which sounds like a negative, but is actually just because everything in this film – from the cast, to the set, to the production – is outstanding. It’s beautiful, and dazzling, and genuinely funny. Without a doubt, my favourite film of 2016.