28 December 2016

JR Late Night Blogs: Movies of the Year 2016



JR's Movies of the Year 2016

2016 has been a great year for movies spanning a greater variety of themes and stories being engaged to the audience. Such is exemplary in the inclusion of original and non-franchise entries in this year's list, one of foul-mouthed superhero origin, one of unique thrilling tone, one of Western genre, another of Disney's unique masterpieces, one of Korean horror and another of Japanese animation. Truly a list worth looking for, as the list is definitive of the most watch-worthy films of the past year.  Movies which earned numerous critical acclaim, high box office success, and social media attention were the ones chosen by JR in this years' list. In order to qualify as a 2016 movie, the films in the list must be premiered worldwide (having a United States release, and at least one release each in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa), must have a United States release within the time frame 25 December 2015 to 24 December 2016 and a Philippine release in theatrical or home video format for 2016.

The trend continues as this year's top spot is nagged by a sequel of a very prominent superhero franchise. Earning more than $1.1 billion worldwide, Captain America: Civil War is truly ambitious in scope having an ensemble cast of superheroes surpassing those in The Avengers and X-Men movies. While I mentioned earlier that this year's list is lined with original, non-sequel story linings, the list still contains sequels (or spin-offs) of popular movie franchises such as The Conjuring, Finding Dory, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, We see three animated films this year in the entire list and two horror films within the top 5 spots. This year, JR gives six films a 10/10 perfect score, earning a Masterpiece title. Unfortunately, Jason Bourne, Alice In Wonderland, and Suicide Squad (the former two not even being a part of the short list of 15 movies to be selected) didn't make this year's cut. Warning, SPOILER ALERT! The year's movies was a blast, we start it off with the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Summary of the List:
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Intro    |    Methodology    |    Honorable Mentions    |    Records    |    Data Sources    |    Photo Credits

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JR's MOVIES OF THE YEAR - 2016 METHODOLOGY:
  1. For a movie to qualify in the list, it must have earned numerous critical acclaim, high box office success, and ample social media attention.
  2. JR made sure that each movie in the list was watched from start to finish prior to giving his comments, critics and opinions on the movies listed. For the first time, JR will be providing scores for each movie listed.
  3. The movies must have a United States release between 25 December 2015 to 24 December 2016, must have been released in Philippine cinemas or home video discs within January 2016 to December 2016, must have at least earned $50,000,000 (at least Php 2,500,000,000) in the worldwide box office and must have a Metacritic Score greater than 60 or Internet Movie Database Score greater than 6.0
  4. To maximize the number of genres entering the list, a minimum of one film for the following genres were included in the list.
      • Animation
      • Action
      • Drama & Comedy (includes Western)
      • Fantasy (includes Adventure and Sci-Fi)
      • Horror & Thriller
  5. In cases of movie franchises (or movie universes, i.e. Marvel and X-Men), only one film series from the franchise will be included in the list. (That's why Marvel can only have either Captain America or Doctor Strange in the list not both.)
  6. No movie re-releases in HD or IMAX were included in the list (such movies had already been premiered in the past).
  7. All films selected are international films having worldwide releases including the Philippines, no local films were included in the list as JR wants it to be definitive of what it really takes to be a movie of the year for the entire world.
  8. All box office data in the list were as of blog publishing - 28 December 2016. All box office numbers were rounded to the nearest thousands. 
SCORING GUIDE:
   10 - Masterpiece
     9 - Excellent
     8 - Very Good
     7 - Good
     6 - Okay
5 - Mediocre
4 - Bad
3 - Disappointment
2 - Boring
1 - Failure
0 - Worthless

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JR's Movies of the Year - 2016
Rank
Movies of the Year
Movie Genre Month of Release JR's Score
1 Action Apr 2016 10.0
2 Horror May 2016 10.0
3 Horror Jun 2016 10.0
4 J-Animation Aug 2016 10.0
5 Thriller Aug 2016 10.0
6 Animation Jun 2016 10.0
7 Adventure Nov 2016 9.0
8 Action Feb 2016 8.5
9 Western Jan 2016 8.0
10 Animation Feb 2016 8.0

Get back to previous JR Late Night Blogs' Movies of the Year lists:
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Captain America: Civil War
#1
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$1,153,304,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
75 out of 100
8.0/10
Movie Genre: 
Action
Director/s: 
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Distributor: 
Buena Vista (Disney)
MPAA Rating: 
PG-13
Total Running Time: 
2 hours, 27 minutes
Production Budget: 
$250 million
Cast Overview: 
Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Bruhl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei

"The Most Ambitious Yet Grandest Film of the Year"
The movie is indeed one of the grandest and most ambitious films ever made surpassing the grandeur and power of its predecessors. To say that any of the Avengers or Iron Man films is better than this film is an understatement to the third act of Captain America. In Captain America: Civil War, we see Team Captain America fight against Team Iron Man after a supposed protocol was to be imposed by the United Nations on the Avengers as innocent lives were sacrificed in previous missions by the mightiest heroes in the land specifically those missions done in New York (The Avengers), Washington D.C. (Captain America: Winter Soldier), Sokovia (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Lagos, Nigeria (beginning of Captain America: Civil War). Captain America fights for the right of superheroes to decide on their own whereas Iron Man fights for the enlistment of the Avengers under the United Nations Sokovia Accords. The ensemble cast has 12 superheroes fighting blood and sweat for what they believe in. Truly grand in scope and out of this world. Better than X-Men: Apocalypse.


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Train To Busan
#2
TRAIN TO BUSAN
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$99,326,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
72 out of 100
7.6/10
Movie Genre: 
Horror
Director/s: 
Yeon Sang-ho
Distributor: 
Next Entertainment World
MPAA Rating: 
- Unrated -
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 58 minutes
Production Budget: 
- No Data Available -
Cast Overview: 
Yoo Gong, Soo-an KimYu-mi Jung, Dong-seok MaWoo-sik Choi, Ahn So-hee, Eui-sung Kim

"A Breath of Fresh Air for the Zombie Genre"
Train To Busan was really intense, full of exciting and thrilling moments very much anticipated every minute by each movie viewer. Every part of the film is consistent and essential towards the understanding of how the story goes in the movie. The start seems so subtle and unnecessary but would eventually be the basis of metamorphosis for the main character and the ultimate explanation of how the zombie outbreak came to be. Included in the ensemble cast are zombie movie stereotypes which would eventually give color and interest to the movie. We see your typical teenage couple who would then be protecting one another in what seems to be the apocalypse, two old lady sisters who would sacrifice themselves in two different situations faced by one another, a pregnant woman whose husband would go against all odds just to protect her and their child and finally a businessman whose only care is his own individual survival inspite of other's help towards his survival. The story behind each and every character are not just supporting details but also major details that the movie is so unique for in its provision of the zombie genre. It is indeed worth the watch as the special effects and amazing cinematography with the musical score complemented beautifully the movie's story. The movie is not just your average horror flick but a combination of romance, comedy and drama that would make you cringe towards some characters, laugh at some of their experiences, and be terrorized about the survival of each character you may be rooting for in the movie. My favorite part would definitely be the ending moments of the film where the soon selfish fund manager becomes a compassionate, protecting and sacrificial father towards her daughter (even towards their company), indeed a metamorphosis of his presentation from the start. How the fund manager gets bitten and sacrifices himself in order to ensure the survival of her daughter is truly a tearjerker. The daughter's cry and song was a unique and fit ending for the film. Rarely does an Asian flick earn worldwide critical acclaim and box office success such this film has indeed achieved. The movie would eventually give rise to a new prototype or specie towards the zombie monster. Truly a cinematic achievement worth a notice for this year.


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The Conjuring 2
#3
THE CONJURING 2
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$320,270,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
65 out of 100
7.5/10
Movie Genre: 
Horror
Director/s: 
James Wan
Distributor: 
Warner Bros. (New Line)
MPAA Rating: 
R
Total Running Time: 
2 hours, 14 minutes
Production Budget: 
$40 million
Cast Overview: 
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

"A Terrifying Experience That Leaves Chills and Fright for Days"
One good way to start an awesome horror movie - "based on a true story". In an era where sequels for horror films are not well acclaimed, The Conjuring 2 proved otherwise. The movie is filled with intense and terrifying scenes that will haunt your sleep for days (Valak gave me the chills while I was convincing myself to sleep). The Conjuring 2 provides its audience terror almost every minute making it an incredible movie experience for the average cinema viewer. James Wan provides the best example of how a horror movie should be: good source material, terrifying villain, numerous jump scares and a very captivating and moving story. Ed and Lorraine Warren's investigations with the paranormal are the subjects of this horror movie franchise and this movie might be the best yet (that's for me). The Conjuring 2 explores the presence of three terrifying villains in the Hodgson's Residence at the most documented Enfield Poltergeist - the Crooked Man, old man Bill Wilkins and the one that really led them all, Valak, the demonic nun from hell (who's getting her own spin-off movie by the way). What made me interested to watch The Conjuring franchise is the demons the Warrens are fighting (as the Warrens end each movie with condemning the demon back to hell by proclaiming its name).


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Your Name
#4
YOUR NAME
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$288,803,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
80 out of 100
8.8/10
Movie Genre: 
J-Animation
Director/s: 
Makoto Shinkai
Distributor: 
Toho
MPAA Rating: 
G
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 46 minutes
Production Budget: 
- No Data Available -
Voice Cast Overview: 
Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara, Ryo Narita, Aoi YĆ«ki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa, Kanon Tani

"A Reason To Love J-Animation, Truly A Suprising Masterpiece"
Does this movie give you that uncontrollable excitement, cause it did for me. The first Japanese animation to be listed in JR's Movies of the Year, Your Name will come down in history as a classic anime worth for viewing of all ages. It almost eclipsed Spirited Away as the Highest Grossing Anime of All Time and currently, it ranks as the fourth highest-grossing film in Japan's history. Such achievement defined how beloved the film is throughout it's cinematic release. Your Name brings us to two individuals living in different towns, one of countryside origin and another of urban origin. A dream of becoming a handsome boy for the young girl named Mitsuha ending up in switching bodies with a truly handsome boy from Tokyo named Taki. We come to experience their varying lives existing in the past and present. A romantic connection builds up between the two throughout the movie's duration and such gives you those chills and happiness that you'd actually expect from your average date and chick flick. Rare does an anime movie delve into a romantic genre as such like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke used Japan's folk culture in bringing to foreign audiences an experience worth reminiscing. Your Name is different using a modernistic take on Japan's culture. It indeed brings in a new genre of anime movies which I would definitely love to see in the future, the Romantic J-Animation Genre.


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Don't Breathe
#5
DON'T BREATHE
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$153,219,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
71 out of 100
7.2/10
Movie Genre: 
Thriller
Director/s: 
Fede Alvarez
Distributor: 
Sony  |  Screen Gems
MPAA Rating: 
R
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 28 minutes
Production Budget: 
$10 million
Cast Overview: 
Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang

"You'll Never Steal From A Blind Man Ever Again"
Don't Breathe is the newest thriller that you should definitely give a watch. We delve into a new horror formula, stealing and anticipate who you're stealing from has to offer. Steal from a blind man and you survive right. Well in this movie, the odds are very much different. The ones who are stealing struggle for their survival in the house of a deranged man who is still recovering from the loss of his daughter. The film has a lot of plot twists that truly works effectively and satisfyingly for the average movie viewer. You'll definitely don't breathe when you discover the secrets this blind man is keeping for so long. The scenes are so intense that it stands as the "Best American Horror Film in Twenty Years" (Filmmaker Magazine). Freddy, Jason, Jigsaw, Leatherface, and Ghostface, meet your newest nightmare, Norman Nordstrom a.k.a. The Blind Man. Never will you steal from a blind man ever again.


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Finding Dory
#6
FINDING DORY
(2016)
JR's Score:
(10/10)
"MASTERPIECE"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$1,027,772,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
77 out of 100
7.5/10
Movie Genre: 
Animation
Director/s: 
Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Distributor: 
Buena Vista (Disney)
MPAA Rating: 
PG
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 43 minutes
Production Budget: 
$200 million
Voice Cast Overview: 
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, Sigourney Weaver

"The Most Fitting Story For The Blue Tang With Short Term Memory Loss"
Finding Dory used the Finding Nemo formula that still proved to be effective to today's viewers as was the last one more than ten years ago. Surprisingly, the story for Finding Dory is very much independent with that of Finding Nemo so no need to watch the first movie to understand the story of this movie. Finding Dory brings us to an adventure to the Marine Life Institute being referred to as "The Jewel of Morro Bay, California" where Dory is in search of her mother Jenny and father Charlie. This movie gives us a closure to why Dory was lost at sea in the first place. While I do believe that the first film was better in terms of story, this one improves on the aesthetics with numerous new sea creatures being added to the scene like an octopus (named Hank), a whale shark (named Destiny), a beluga whale (named Bailey), and the massive squid that generally reflected the anglerfish from the first film. This film is definitely like your average old Pixar film ready to make you lose control of your emotions. What makes this movie so special is how they portrayed the importance of family whether they be by blood or by friends. How Dory finds her parents and how her parents found her would truly make your eyes jerk with tears. Every time flashbacks of Dory with her mother and father are shown, it made me even sadder the more. The value of Dory for Nemo and Marlin as family is however the defining moment of the film.


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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
#7
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND 
WHERE TO FIND THEM
(2016)
JR's Score:
(9.0/10)
"EXCELLENT"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$746,145,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
66 out of 100
7.7/10
Movie Genre: 
Adventure
Director/s: 
David Yates
Distributor: 
Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: 
PG-13
Total Running Time: 
2 hours, 20 minutes
Production Budget: 
$180 million
Cast Overview: 
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman

"A Journey Towards Knowing the Origins of the Magical Beasts of Harry Potter"
Harry Potter fans know who Newt Scamander is. (I came to know of him upon engaging myself with the Pottermore Online Universe way back when it was still a worldwide phenomenon as how Pokemon Go was a phenomenon today.) Newt Scamander is the author of the Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. (Hence, the name of the film.) In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,  we see the origins of Newt Scamander and his magical catalogue of fantastic beasts lurking in his magical suitcase. Trouble ensues when Newt Scamander accidentally interchanges his suitcase with the suitcase of a baker. More trouble ensues when three of these beasts escapes from Newt's suitcase. I was hoping to see more of these magical beasts that Harry and his friends has been studying throughout their wizardry academe. The world is excited to see more of Newt Scamander as we learn more of him in future editions of the film.


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Deadpool
#8
DEADPOOL
(2016)
JR's Score:
(8.5/10)
"VERY GOOD"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$783,113,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
65 out of 100
8.1/10
Movie Genre: 
Action
Director/s: 
Tim Miller
Distributor: 
Fox
MPAA Rating: 
R
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 46 minutes
Production Budget: 
$58 million
Cast Overview: 
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein

"Deadpool, Rated R Superhero, High Rated Movie"
One thing I love about Deadpool over The Avengers, X-Men and Justice League, his being f-ing BADASS. We are more engaged to superheroes with aspirations, principles and morals. Yeah, that's your typical superhero, powers and strength beyond human imagination enough to help save humanity. Not with Deadpool though, no way. In his first outing in cinemas, we see the origins of Deadpool who is your average American dude who is dating your average chick living on an average American life. Upon discovering a metastatic cancer developing within him, Wade Wilson engages in various laboratory experiments to help him be cured of his disease to help him live long enough for his love one. Just like your typical superhero movie, we see Deadpool battle against his former curing scientist in order to obtain the cure for everything he has been experiencing. Bad thing though, there was actually no cure for Deadpool's disfigurement from his regimen treatment. Deadpool would definitely make X-Men be a force to reckon with in this present world where The Avengers are definitely of great worldwide attention. X-Men has been dull recently and with his possible future addition could make it an anticipated one. Accelerated healing, check. Breaking the fourth wall, check. Foul-mouthed language, check. You'll definitely love, Deadpool. Last time we saw a cocky superhero was through Iron Man but he stands nothing against Deadpool's cockiness.


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The Hateful Eight
#9
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
(2016)
JR's Score:
(8.0/10)
"VERY GOOD"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$155,760,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
68 out of 100
7.9/10
Movie Genre: 
Western
Director/s: 
Quentin Tarantino
Distributor: 
Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: 
R
Total Running Time: 
2 hours, 47 minutes
Production Budget: 
$44 million
Cast Overview: 
Zoe Bell, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum

"Quentin Tarantino Returns With An Amazing New Western"
The Hateful Eight would had made the cut last year if only it were released within the designated time frame in JR's Movies of the Year selection methodology (The Hateful Eight was released 25 December 2015 in U.S. cinemas and last year required it to be premiered within 25 December 2014 and 24 December 2015) and if only it were watched by JR earlier (I can't make a critic if I haven't watched it yet). Quentin Tarantino hits the mark on what I want with movies, exciting black comedy and cultural satire that is not for your average movie viewer. (You have to be damn smart to understand what's on Tarantino's brilliant mind upon his creation of such critically-acclaimed masterpieces.) Pulp Fiction is one of those films I really wish to watch from Tarantino's line of movies, the last and only time I watched one was Django Unchained which truly hit the mark on being a unique comedic, and action-filled Western. With Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino made me love Westerns as a form of movie genre. In The Hateful Eight, we are treated to two bounty hunters (one who is about to claim his alive bounty at Red Rock) and their unique experience in a haberdashery with five individuals of different professions and backgrounds. Each individual has their own devious minds and divisive plans when they are face to face with one another learning of who they are and what are their hidden goals. Expect various plot twists in this movie as you are to expect the unexpected with these eight hateful individuals. The scenery is great, the cinematography is great, the directing and acting is astounding. The Hateful Eight is another of those remarkable films by the cinematic mastermind and movie legend. 2 more films are on Tarantino's movie line-up. Can't wait to hear the next one. 


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Zootopia
#10
ZOOTOPIA
(2016)
JR's Score:
(8.0/10)
"VERY GOOD"
Worldwide Box Office: 
$1,023,784,000
Metacritic Score: 
Internet Movie Database Score: 
78 out of 100
8.1/10
Movie Genre: 
Animation
Director/s: 
Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Distributor: 
Buena Vista (Disney)
MPAA Rating: 
PG
Total Running Time: 
1 hours, 48 minutes
Production Budget: 
$150 million
Voice Cast Overview: 
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Tudyk

"A World of Animals in A World of Humans"
We end this year's list with animals who live the life of humans in a modern world. Zootopia is a shocker upon earning more than a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, it exceeded industry expectations catching most off guard. With a bunny wishing to be a police officer someday but being doubted by most of her peers (reminiscent of how women of today are dreaming to have masculine jobs but gets doubt by others), Disney's Zootopia treats us with a satirical yet children-friendly adventure that is different from your typical Disney fairytale. This film marks the renaissance of Disney towards creation of unique original stories not based on aged literature (not saying these are bad though but other cinemas are more modern and unique in their stories). Zootopia may not be a tearjerker or emotion grabber but it's very aesthetically done that the textures of each character and the buzzling city of Zootopia is very realistic and humanistic. The story even, though fictional, is very much humanistic. It may not be as realistic as how Pixar portrays its stories but the granddaddy of them all, Disney, is already getting on track. No doubt, the billion dollars was all worth it for this film.


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JR's MOVIES OF THE YEAR 2016
HONORABLE MENTIONS

The following deserve a mention as they made it to JR's selection for the Movies for the Year 2016.
Doctor Strange
Jason Bourne
Moana
The Purge: Election Year
The Jungle Book


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JR's MOVIES OF THE YEAR 2016
RECORDS

HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS IN THE LIST
Captain America: Civil War
Civil War
($1,153,304,000)

Finding Dory
Finding Dory
($1,027,772,000)

Zootopia
Zootopia
($1,023,784,000)

Deadpool
Deadpool
($783,113,000)

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts
($746,145,000)

HIGHEST RATED FILMS IN THE LIST
Your Name
Your Name
Metacritic: 80
IMDb: 8.8

Zootopia
Zootopia
Metacritic: 78
IMDb: 8.1

Captain America: Civil War
Civil War
Metacritic: 75
IMDb: 8.0

Finding Dory
Finding Dory
Metacritic: 77
IMDb: 7.5

Train To Busan
Train To Busan
Metacritic: 72
IMDb: 7.6

STUDIOS WITH MOST ENTRIES
(ALL TIME)

1. BUENA VISTA (DISNEY) (17 entries)
>>> Best Movies: Toy Story 3 (2010, #1)
>>> Best Movies: Captain America: Civil War (2016, #1)
>>> Best Movies: Iron Man 3 (2013, #2)

2. WARNER BROS. (16 entries)
>>> Best Movies: HP Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 (2011, #1)
>>> Best Movies: Inception (2010, #2)
>>> Best Movies: Gravity (2013, #3)

3. PARAMOUNT PICTURES (12 entries)
>>> Best Movies: Transformers 3 (2011, #2)
>>> Best Movies: Captain America (2011, #5)
>>> Best Movies: MI: Ghost Protocol (2011, #7)



DIRECTORS WITH MOST ENTRIES 
(ALL TIME)

1. DAVID YATES (3 entries)
>>> Best Movies: HP Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 (2011, #1)
>>> Best Movies: HP Deathly Hallows, Pt 1 (2010, #4)
>>> Best Movies: Fantastic Beasts (2016, #7)

2. JOSS WHEDON (3 entries)
>>> Best Movies: The Avengers (2012, #3)
>>> Best Movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, #5)
>>> Best Movies: Thor (2011, #11)

3. TIM BURTON (3 entries)
>>> Best Movies: Alice in Wonderland (2010, #7)
>>> Best Movies: Frankenweenie (2012, #14)
>>> Best Movies: Dark Shadows (2012, #17)
MOVIE FRANCHISES IN THIS YEAR'S LIST
(2016)

1. CAPTAIN AMERICA
2016 Entry: Captain America: Civil War (#1)
Best Entries:
  > Captain America: Civil War (2016, #1)
  > Captain America: The First Avenger (2011, #5)
Total Number of Entries: 2

2. MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
2016 Entry: Captain America: Civil War (#1)
Best Entries:
  > Captain America: Civil War (2016, #1)
  > Iron Man 3 (2013, #2)
  > The Avengers (2012, #3)
Total Number of Entries:

3. THE CONJURING
2016 Entry: The Conjuring 2 (#3)
Best Entries:
  > The Conjuring 2 (2016, #1)
  > The Conjuring (2013, #8)
Total Number of Entries: 2

4. FINDING NEMO
2016 Entry: Finding Dory (#6)
Best Entries:
  > Finding Dory (#6)
Total Number of Entries: 2

5. PIXAR FILM UNIVERSE
2016 Entry: Finding Dory (#6)
Best Entries:
  > Toy Story 3 (2010, #1)
  > Inside Out (2015, #2)
  > Monsters University (2013, #6)
Total Number of Entries: 6

6. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD
2016 Entry: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (#7)
Best Entries:
  > Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (2011, #1)
  > Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 (2010, #4)
  > Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016, #7)
Total Number of Entries: 3


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Spider-Man: Homecoming

The Mummy

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Cars 3

Star Wars: Episode VIII

2016 is a year noteworthy for great films. Next year, we see the return of "Spider-Man" in his second reboot after Andrew Garfield's take on the character, the reboot of "The Mummy" franchise this time with Tom Cruise as the main star, Johnny Depp takes his fifth opportunity as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", Pixar is off with their second sequel for the fast Lightning McQueen in "Cars 3", and ultimately the year ends with the highly-anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VIII". It's a question on who would make it on next year's list.

This has been the 2016 Edition of JR Late Night Blogs' Movies of the Year.

- - - END OF JR LATE NIGHT MOVIES OF THE YEAR 2016 - - -

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DATA SOURCES

All data used in the details of each film used in this blog are from the following sites:
3. Metacritic

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PHOTO CREDITS

01) Captain America: Civil War
>>> https://wall.alphacoders.com/by_sub_category.php?id=238809
>>> http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/content/new-captain-america-civil-war-poster-with-iron-man
02) Train To Busan
>>> http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gaumont-lands-us-remake-rights-south-korean-zombie-hit-train-busan-954021
>>> https://www.showtimes.com/movies/train-to-busan-119460/
03) The Conjuring 2
>>> http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-conjuring-2-man-dies-vera-farmiga-james-wan-patrick-wilson-horror-a7089116.html
>>> http://www.blackfilm.com/read/2016/05/new-featurette-to-the-conjuring-2/the-conjuring-2-poster-2/
04) Your Name
>>> http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2016/08/31/films/film-reviews/name-makoto-shinkai-next-big-name-anime/
>>> http://tiffanyyong.com/2016/11/03/your-name-anime-movie-review/
05) Don't Breathe
>>> http://www.vox.com/2016/8/28/12666224/dont-breathe-review-social-allegory-detroit
>>> http://www.impawards.com/2016/dont_breathe_gallery.html
06) Finding Dory
>>> https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/17/disney-app-finding-dory-narration/
>>> http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Finding_Dory
07) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
>>> http://wallpapershdnow.com/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-wallpaper-6
>>> http://www.joblo.com/movie-posters/2016/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them
08) Deadpool
>>> http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool
>>> http://www.joblo.com/movie-posters/2016/deadpool
09) The Hateful Eight
>>> https://culturenet.co.uk/events/middleton-movie-mondays-presents-the-hateful-eight
>>> http://www.indiewire.com/2015/11/quentin-tarantino-promises-a-bloody-blizzard-in-new-the-hateful-eight-poster-52129/
10) Zootopia
>>> http://screenrant.com/zootopia-box-office-record-original-movie/
>>> http://collider.com/zootopia-posters-star-wars-jurassic-world/

Honorable Mentions: Doctor Strange
>>> http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/770843-check-out-3-new-doctor-strange-motion-posters
Honorable Mentions: Jason Bourne
>>> https://pop.inquirer.net/2016/02/matt-damons-jason-bourne-reveals-first-trailer-poster/
Honorable Mentions: Moana
>>> http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/693495-catch-a-gnarly-wave-with-disneys-moana-poster#/slide/1
Honorable Mentions: The Jungle Book
>>> http://www.thisnthatwitholivia.com/jungle-book-new-poster/
Honorable Mentions: The Purge: Election Year
>>> http://www.comingsoon.net/horror/news/749823-review-purge-election-year

Upcoming Films: Cars 3
>>> http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/new-posters-revealed-for-toy-story-4-cars-3-and-the-incredibles-2-911
Upcoming Films: The Mummy
>>> https://www.facebook.com/TheMummy/
Upcoming Films: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
>>> https://teaser-trailer.com/movie/pirates-of-the-caribbean-5/
Upcoming Films: Spider-Man: Homecoming
>>> http://www.superheromovies.net/spider-man-homecoming/10-103/posters/
Upcoming Films: Star Wars: Episode VIII
>>> http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/some-cool-star-wars-episode-vii-fan-posters-to-offset-the-news-that-steven-spielberg-bows-out-of-contention-as-director

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^JR Late Night Posts - JR Late Night Movies of the Year
Time Published: 28 December 2016 (8PM)

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