The 16 movies you should have seen in 2016

The 16 movies you should have seen in 2016

There have been thousands of Hollywood films released this year, but with big releases securing the attention of the majority, there are some underappreciated films of 2016 that have managed to fly under the radar. It is smaller limited release movies like these that don't exactly rely on the big thrills, cast names and gimmicky marketing - preferring to go the indie route with unusual and often unexplored tales to remind us why great storytelling allows movies to be considered as works of art in the first place. Some of the carefully selected films below may not have even seen a general release at our cinemas, but these 2016 titles deserves all the eyes and acclaim from movie lovers who can appreciate films that have great writing, brilliant acting and originality which is gradually becoming scarce. Here are the films you should've seen in 2016.

Nocturnal Animals

After "A Single Man", fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford is back with another highly stylish film via "Nocturnal Animals". Taking on the neo-noir thriller genre this time around, Ford has enlisted an all-star cast of Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, but strangely due to the minimalist noir way the film is presented, we forget that sometimes that these are big stars and we are easily able to soak into the characters. "Nocturnal Animals" begins when art gallery owner Susan (Adams) receives a manuscript of a tragically violent tale written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal). Unhappy with her life and her cheating current husband (Armie Hammer), Susan delves deeper into the unfurling story and starts to questions the choices she made in her life. In all its essence, "Nocturnal Animals" is tale of revenge done via a story within a story.

Kubo and the Two Strings

One of the best animation movies of the year is this stop-motion masterpiece from Laika and it is a must see for not only animation fans, but those who love stories that are told with great detail and passion. Extensively featuring the Japanese art of origami and other Japanese culture and traditions, we follow Kubo, a one-eyed Japanese boy with his magical one-string guitar who has to care for his ill mother in a cave atop a mountain. He soon finds out that his mother had left her family; her evil father the Moon King and her two stepsisters after giving birth to Kubo, hence their intentions to kill Kubo brings him on a journey with a talking Monkey and a Beatle to find his father's magic armour. Unlike most happy and sappy animations, the melancholy "Kubo and the Two Strings" will do more than tug your heartstrings. It is voiced Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei, and is also an Oscar favourite for next year.

The Lobster

A very strange dystopian dark comedy, "The Lobster" starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and more, takes place in a society where singles have 45 days to find a partner or be transformed to an animal of their choosing. When David (Farrell) finds that his wife has left him for another man, he is taken to a hotel to begin his hunt or be turned into a lobster. The said hotel is extremely quirky and has many rules and regulations, but what's even more quirky is that the combination of its deadpan actors, bleak setting and ridiculous story is what entrances one to sit through this weird love story that makes a satire out of the seriousness of finding your significant other.

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Related Movies:
The Girl With All The Gifts (17 Nov 2016)
Kubo And The Two Strings (25 Aug 2016)
Midnight Special (14 Apr 2016)
Captain Fantastic (11 Aug 2016)
Green Room (25 Aug 2016)

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