You may have noticed I do not grant a perfect grade (A) to any film due to my lofty film standards. I've provided two films ("Midnight Special" and surprisingly, "Finding Dory") the rare "A" thus far and produced a Top Five Films of 2016 to this point during the year. It is extremely unlikely the films will manage to complete the Top Ten Films of 2016 by the year's conclusion. Without further ado, the best films of 2016 thus far.
1. "Midnight Special"
Jeff Nichols helms this boldly original science fiction film. A
2. "Finding Dory"
Pixar is still a genius animation studio, even with resorting to sequels as of late. I swear sequelitis is contagious. A
3. "The Meddler"
A poignant film, which is neither stereotypical nor saccharine. A-
A cute animated film with social and political commentary. A-
5. "Hello, My Name Is Doris"
Sally Field and Max Greenfield deliver brilliant performances in the impeccably charming film. B+
A unique and extremely weird narrative, which will allow you to ponder many notions for several days. B+
"10 Cloverfield Lane"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman deserve Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role nominations, respectively. B+
"Captain America: Civil War"
It does not surpass "The Avengers" (2012) and "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014); however, Marvel consistently delivers respectable superhero films. B+
Considerable Disappointments of 2016 Thus Far
~"The Shallows" (C-)
~"Free State of Jones" (D+)
~"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" (C-)
~"The Nice Guys" (C+)
~"Everybody Wants Some!!" (B)
Notable Worst Films of 2016 Thus Far
~"Now You See Me 2" (F)
~"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" (D)
~"Gods of Egypt" (D)
~"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (D+)
~"X-Men: Apocalypse" (D)
Review Structure Key
Regular reviews ~ Word count varies.
Mini reviews ~ Positives and negatives (+/-) analysis.
Brief reviews ~ One hundred words, more or less.