Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016

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After looking at my most anticipated movies of 2017, it’s time to look back at the movies of 2016 and more specifically, the ones that didn’t deliver. These movies are not the worst movies of 2016. These are the movies that have either started with a lot of potential but have let me down by the end or movies that I had big expectations and let me down anyways. These are the movies that should have been great but ended up being big disappointments.

10. Jason Bourne

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Not as bad as others on this list, Jason Bourne was not where it should be. Definitely the worst of the franchise, Paul Greengrass did not make this franchise’s big return start well. A bad subplot, poor camera work, and predictability made Jason Bourne a disappointment for fans and a terrible start for new sequels.

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9. Independence Day: Resurgence

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Remember when Independence Day was a fun movie? Well, not anymore. My enjoyment of Independence Day: Resurgence lied within my enjoyment of the new moving seats in my local theater. Sure there are moments of pure fun, but it often tried too hard to be something serious.

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8. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton and a unique YA novel sound like a great mix. From the start, Miss Peregrine was a rather good movie. However, some bizarre and tonally awkward moments keep this film from being great. That scene with the skeletons and monsters fighting in a carnival to techno music is still one of the worst scenes of 2016.

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7. The Light Between Oceans 

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The Light Between Oceans was supposed to be an Oscar contender. Imagine what happened when I got out of seeing this movie. Emotionless, soapy and overlong, Cianfrance (director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines) gets tangled with a rather compelling story.

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6. Allied 

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Another movie with Oscar buzz that got away from us. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard give all around poor performances, and no suspense is giving to us in this thriller. Allied can’t decide which story to tell and ultimately leaves both stories with only the surface scratched.

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5. It’s Only The End Of The World 

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Xavier Dolan has made his first bad movie. Not only does It’s Only The End Of The World have no story, but it totally wastes Marion Cotillard, who has not had a good year with this and Allied. The cast made of Lea Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel is completely mistreated. Oh, and let’s not forget the pretentious metaphors.

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4. Morgan 

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Anya Taylor Joy finds herself rising high with The Witch. Here though she is the only good part in this sci-fi thriller. The characters are uncompelling while the story’s central idea never fully capitalizes. What could have been the Ex Machina of 2016 is instead another forgotten mediocre sci-fi with potential.

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3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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This is will surely be on a lot of people’s worst lists and for a good reason. Batman v Superman just couldn’t deliver to the expectations. I liked that it was trying to appeal to a mature audience and differentiate itself from Marvel. However, the cartoonish villain and the failure to captivate was what ultimately resulted in Batman v Superman to get the third spot on this list.

2. The Girl On The Train

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After Gone Girl, I had high hopes for The Girl On The Train, and I was quickly disappointed by what it ultimately became. Emily Blunt was by far the only thing good about this. The rest was flat out boring and uninspired. Instead of having an intricate mystery, we were left with a Lifetime original movie.

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1. Suicide Squad

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Harley Quinn, The Joker, and Deadshot all in one movie. It’s going to be great right? Not one bit. Apart from interesting characters (thanks to the comics), nothing in Suicide Squad is good. The horrible choppy editing and the horrific third act are just the on the surface of this terrible DCEU movie.

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What is your most disappointing movie of 2016? Tell me down below or tweet me @Plan_Zd

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ can’t be saved by Tim Burton’s magic – REVIEW

Tim Burton’s signature style isn’t enough to save the Peculiar Children from their ultimate destiny

Ramson Riggs’ favorite novels have found the right director for the job or so we though. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children should be right up Burton’s alley. Burton’s characters are usually nothing shy of peculiar. Remember Sweeney Todd, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands – yes, well then showcasing peculiar children on screen and adapting their story should be no problem, right? Wrong.

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The scenes of foggy gothic forest set an eerie and unsettling atmosphere from the outset as a recount of the terrible tragedy that happened to his grandfather is being painted to the audience. Sitting in a psychologist’s office,  Jake (Asa Butterfield), a kid struggling with a mental illness, has to find closure from this tragedy. Remembering the quirky stories his grandfather used to tell him, he goes on a quest to find out more about these stories. Bringing him into a sublime visually stunning gothic setting, there lies a home for children with special abilities. Stuck in the 1940s, Jake realizes that the stories may not be fake after all.

A bizarre Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) runs this home for peculiar children and each of them are well realized. Living in this house are Emma (Ella Purnell), a girl that is ‘lighter than air,’ a little girl with a mouth behind her head (Pixie Davies) and Enoch (Finlay MacMilan), a guy who can control things with hearts. Using his signature, Tim Burton creates some of the most bizarrely captivating characters. As usual, the wardrobe and the makeup mixed with the personalities all help to bring these peculiar people to life. Add in the stunning visuals and the unsettling atmosphere and Burton’s flying high.

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Suddenly, out of nowhere, the film gets too bizarre for its own good. A fight between skeletons and monsters happens in a colorful amusement park setting to a techno-pulsing beat. An abrupt tonal shift that shatters the whole atmosphere the movie builds and that results in a quick loss of  Burton-esque feel that made the beginning such fun. Not only does it change its tone, but Miss Peregrine falls prey to young adult clichés. The awkward love stories/love triangle, the jealous boy who loves the girl and the whole too inept to kill the villain tropes are becoming tiresome and more apparent as the movie continues. Struggling to finish, Burton desperately tries to loop you back into the magical beginnings, but ultimately fails to do so in a compelling way.

By the end, it loses all its magic that nothing can be reclaimed but memories of the first half. Still, some effective moments can be preserved and ultimately Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children isn’t a total disaster. However, you still wish to have the continued with the more captivating start than the disastrous ending.

REVIEW: C+