Top 10 Worst Movies of 2016

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Not all the movies I saw were amazing, but these 10 movies should never be watched again

I love watching movies, and I love reviewing movies, but when the movies are this terrible, then it’s no longer fun. I saw some pretty bad movies and these are the bottoms of the filmmaking barrel. These are the movies that I wanted to walk out of the theaters but sadly did not. I endured these films, and now I’m here to tell you which movies to avoid next time you decide to watch a movie.

Dishonorable Mentions:

10. Now You See Me 2

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The first one was bad. The second isn’t any better. Now You See Me 2 uses mindless magic that aims for shocking and settles for stupidity. Not one magic trick in this movie is real, and it shows. The final “magic” trick is so over the top, and it leaves the film feeling like a huge waste of time.

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9. It’s Only The End Of The World

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The only movie to make my most disappointing movies list and my worst movie list, It’s Only The End Of The World is confusing, pretentious and lazily shot. The over-reliance on close-ups fails on multiple levels, and it wastes its incredible cast.

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8. Pride Prejudice and Zombies

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Based off the best selling book, Pride Prejudice and Zombies fails to become cinematic. When adapting something that has been done better, rely on the thing that differentiates it from its predecessor. Here, it’s the action scenes which are poorly shot and almost non-existent.

7. The Forest

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January horror movies are never good. The Forest fits perfectly in that category. The famous Japanese suicide forest could make a great horror movie, but here the terrible twist and rushed final act leaves The Forest feeling hollow.

6. The Purge: Election Year

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For the third Purge franchise, the third time was not the charm. Election Year was silly, over the top and it failed to capitalize on an okay sequel. If they do another one of these, being subtle goes a long way.

5. Shut In 

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Another horror movie with a terrible twist. Noami Watts disappoints in a rather great year for horror films. Shut In starts off confused, not knowing where to go, and eventually becomes just another boring horror movie about people investigating strange sounds.

4. Careful What You Wish For

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Generic, flat and predictable, Careful What You Wish For is that mediocre teen thriller no one asked for. Nick Jonas tries his best while Isabelle Lucas gives a cartoonish and sexist performance. The forced symbolism and – again- horrible twist ending makes you want to forget that you even watched this.

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3. When The Bough Breaks 

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Following in the footstep of The Perfect Guy, When The Bough Breaks is just another attempt to take your money. Everything has been done better elsewhere hence the uselessness of this movie. I could have done without seeing this one.

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2. The Fifth Wave 

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The YA movies are slowly dying out. Divergent has official die and now The Fifth Wave failed to make a compelling story. Actually, they made a very very atrocious movie. There is a lot of terrible twist in my worst of list, but The Fifth Wave tops the list. It was such a poorly placed twist that it officially flushed away an already shitty movie.

1. God’s Not Dead 2

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No, you cannot get sued for saying”Jesus” in the classroom. But God’s Not Dead 2 would have you believe that. Everything in this movie is what I don’t want in my religious films. Agenda driven, God’s Not Dead 2 paints the false picture that Christians in the United States are persecuted. Top that absurdity with cheesy performances, poor story-telling and you have the worst movie of 2016.

What is your worst movie of 2016? Tell me in the comment section below!

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‘The Neon Demon’ voyeuristically peaks into the perturbing fashion industry – REVIEW

Nicolas Winding Refn’s controversial nature is back in full force with his brilliant take on the fashion industry

Following his love or hate kind of style, Winding Refn delivers one of the years’ most bizarre and intelligent movie of the year. His obsession with style has created a division among everyone. Some seem to think that obsession sometimes leads to a style over substance problem and while there are some in The Neon Demon, for the most part, it doesn’t matter.

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Jesse (Elle Fanning) is an incredibly pretty young individual. Her prettiness manages to upset all the other pretty girls who are looking for a shot to fame. Jesse always seems to be the go-to girl and this prompts the other models to get jealous and homicidal. The story, on the surface, is simple and something we already saw. However, Refn’s style is what makes this simple story an intricate one by using visual cues to tell his story. Refn uses just about everything in the frame to convey emotion, personality and important story elements. It’s easy to dismiss these as just pretty visual effects and they are beautiful. He uses lots of red and blue to symbolize good and evil. He even shows off the changes in people using colors, lighting, props, looks and scenery.

The environment of The Neon Demon feels like a club a first with the techno heavy scores. However, the movie does get darker and the visuals become more haunted house-ish with the strobes and red colors. This makes the movie ease into the various tonal changes and brings about a smooth transition into the more horror elements.

Sometimes the plot does feel thin and it is a style over substance issue. The movie feels like it’s not going anywhere and just focuses on having that perfect shot. However, this doesn’t really matter because there are lots of visual story-telling. The make-up on the actresses’ faces changes as their personalities changes. Elle Fanning does a great job as Jesse. She does drastically change, instead, the things around her change to let the audience know that she has changed. Jena Malone is also fantastic as her make-up artist. She gives a gutsy performance with the things her character does. It is not so much as the actors convey the changes in their personality or emotions as the visuals around them get warped to accommodate the changes.

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When Refn cuts back his true intentions, it’s where the movie becomes its own. All the satirical little jabs all through the film about the fashion industry is shown in the third act.  Refn never holds back to show the superficial horrors and just how this industry works. It strips away their humanity and the models become the mannequins the fashion scene wants them to become.

The Neon Demon literally takes the worn out expression “if looks could kill” and creates a visually stunning masterpiece. Refn opts for more visual story-telling than your typical dialogue driven story. Many people might not like this artistic choice but it’s a nice change of pace.

REVIEW: A-

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‘Goat’ is a brilliant yet disturbing look into the frat life – REVIEW

The fraternity culture is unpacked in this gruesome look into toxic masculinity and American frat culture

Frat life has always had a bad reputation. Hazing, rapes, and even murders happen all the time in American fraternities. Taking a look through the magnifying glass, Goat uncovers layer by layer what it’s like to be part of this dangerous culture and what happens when it goes too far. Also, the film dives into what it’s like to be a young man in modern times where masculinity has become a monster. With a brilliant take on these themes, Goat sparks conversations that need to happen even if you’re not prepared for what’s to come.

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Ben (Ben Schnetzer) is experiencing first hand what it’s like to be a young man in a frat house. Suffering from PTSD, he decides to join his brother, Brett’s (Nick Jonas) frat house to try and cope with his previous attack. Ben soon finds out all the pressures put upon men to be as manly as possible and to condemn the “faggot” or “pussy” life. At first, it’s all fun and games, but the movie quickly gets darker and deeper as each scene progress. Nothing is held back as this is a naked look at what goes on inside frat houses. Just as you think this can’t get any worse, the movie reminds you that these events happened in real life.

Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer both give solid performances as two brothers trying to cope with the horrors they witness. They are well-written and characters you can get behind. Exploring psychology of the characters, the film peaks into the moral dilemma facing these young men. To do what is right or to do what is needed to fit in is exactly the question always running in their minds. Director, Andrew Neel, portrays the frats as a tribe, always sticking with each other. He also shows the consequences of said mentality, ignoring morality just to become part of the tribe. Ideas of masculinity arise as well showing the social pressures put upon young men. The movie does a good job balancing and showing relevance to these issues while incorporating its characters in various sadistic rituals.

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When the main story strays away from its central themes, Goat hardly succeeds. The whole subplot revolving the attack on Brad is rather unnecessary to the movie. Even with lots of attempt at making this event relevant, it just doesn’t fit within the story. Brought back up, in the end, they continue to provide a final explanation of why this is significant to the central story, and it ends up being just fillers.

Ultimately, the attack isn’t the central storyline, and the central story is what works best as a result. The dark and gritty look into frat culture is precisely the story worth telling. Showing relevance to the modern times and having a sense of why this whole “Hell Week” should be banned. The exploration of its themes is what the movie does best, and for the most parts, it sticks to it, telling the story that needs to be told first.

REVIEW: B+