23
December
2016
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04:50 PM
America/Denver

6 movies you shouldn’t miss from 2016

Summary

It has been a bumper year for good movies, and one of our resident experts, Christina Angel, has been to see many of them. Here are her top picks.

1. "Doctor Strange"

Even if the Marvel cinematic universe isn’t your thing, this film is a great stand-alone story, with or without previous comic book knowledge. It’s proof that Benedict Cumberbatch really can do anything.

2. "The Jungle Book"

Jon Favreau’s live action remake of the Disney classic is beautifully filmed and reminds us of the timelessness of a truly great story. Neel Sehti is not only adorable as Mowgli, but a wonderful, talented child actor.

3. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

After last year’s delivery of "The Force Awakens," I have high hopes that this film will not disappoint. Even the trailers give me chills.

4. "Deadpool"

The notion of the anti-superhero with a foul mouth and a story riddled with ridiculous degrees of violence proved to be wildly entertaining and funny. Ryan Reynolds is now redeemed for that "Green Lantern" nonsense.

5. "Moonlight"

While I had a theme going here of the pop film variety, this one truly stuns in both style and content. As a wonderfully understated story of race and sexuality, it’s bound for Oscar nods.

6. "Zootopia"

I hesitated to put a second children’s film on the list, but this one was – for me – a surprise. I assumed it would be a good time, but I wasn’t prepared for the powerful social and racial discourse the story tackles.

- Christina Angel is a lecturer in the English Department at MSU Denver.

 

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