Worthwhile Movies I’ve Seen in 2016 – June Update

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Reminder: Rather than ranking movies 1, 2, 3…I split up everything I think is worth seeing evenly among 6 tiers.  Groupings are comparative to other films I see this year, so titles are subject to move up or down.  The titles within each tier are listed alphabetically, so Captain America isn’t necessarily my favorite movie so far (Everybody Wants Some is).

I saw five worthwhile movies in May, including two that made the top tier, Civil War & The Nice Guys.  The others were Neighbors 2, The Witch, and last year’s Hunger Games, which I kinda don’t like having on this list on second thought, but I already wrote about it, so whatever.  You can read spoiler-free blurbs on each of these below.

Three movies that did not make the cut were Money Monster, X-Men: Apocalypse, and last year’s Point Break remake.  It’s a shame Money Monster sucked, because R-Rated thrillers for adults are an endangered species in Hollywood, so the one’s that fail make it that much less likely that studios will want to invest in them.  Apocalypse however is a part of the cash cow superhero genre where there’s no shortage of choices.  Even with the 48% Rotten Tomatoes score, I was shocked at how bad the newest X-Men was.  I’ve enjoyed the other installments in the franchise, even more so than the Disney Marvel movies generally, but this one is a disaster.  The prestigious cast is way too good for this script, especially Oscar Isaac whose villain belongs more in a Power Rangers movie.  It also just didn’t make any goddamn sense.  Why did they set the movie in 1983, 10 years after the last one, even though no one aged a bit?  I guess I’m taking this way too seriously.

And if your curious why I wasted my time with the 9% RT score Point Break remake, the 1991 original is one of my top 5 all time, so I had to check it out.  There was a lot of uproar when WB announced they were remaking it, only turning the bank robbing surfers into extreme sports Robin Hoods,  however I didn’t care.  A little piece of me died when Sony remade The Karate Kid in 2010, so at this point who the hell cares.  Go ahead, remake The Godfather, remake Die Hard, remake Adventures in Babysitting.  Here’s my money.

 

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