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.

Hell or High Water

Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges (in his true element) lead this neo-Western heist-crime film, "Hell or High Water" about two brothers who rob a series of banks to save their family farm. A Golden Globe nominee, this film features great performances by the cast, and fans of Western heists will get more than they bargained for with this solid story. Even critic reviews for the films had a hard time trying to find anything wrong with this film that relies more on the masterful narration than the gun show.

The Fundamentals of Caring

Not released in cinemas, but this Netflix original, "The Fundamentals of Caring" deserves a place on this list. After dealing with his own loss, a retired writer named Ben (Paul Rudd) decides to become a caregiver. His very first patient is a wheelchair bound 18-year-old boy named Trevor (Craig Roberts) who suffers from muscular dystrophy. You think Rudd may be the funniest one in the movie (oh, he is funny), but wait until you see the antics of Roberts and the pranks he pulls on the rookie caregiver in this road-trip movie. A story about self-discovery, loss and making lemonade out of lemons, the natural chemistry between the two male leads is hilarious and often touching, thanks to the film's brilliant pacing. Oh, and there's Selena Gomez too.

The Girl with all the Gifts

Finally a smart zombie film that deals with substance more than the scares. "The Girl With all the Gifts" is based on the popular thriller novel of the same name and is about a fungal plague that turns people into 'hungries'. Like the setting of "28-Days Later", this British film follows Melanie who is one of the young 'hungries' that are placed in military confinement. The reason they are kept in the area is because unlike the infected adults who have completely turned animalistic, these children have somehow still retained their human thought process and behaviour - thus making the facility believe that the infected children hold the cure. When the facility is attacked, a small surviving group including Dr Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close), psychologist/teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) and Sergeant Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) along with Melanie, have to make their way to London.

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