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Sweet 16: The 16 Top Films of 2016

For the better part of a decade, this has become an annual tradition. From January to December I compile a list of the best, artistic and most progressive films, television shows and music albums. One of the reasons I do this is to provide resources to readers who are looking for cerebral, fun and progressive media. It does exist as my lists have continued to prove. Don’t say I never gave you anything. You’re welcome.

2016 was full of surprises. Many major releases I expected to rank highly didn’t even place while there were a number of 4th quarter and sleeper hits that truly blindsided me. I found myself reranking the list again and again and again.

This past year might arguably be my most competitive list yet and 2017 is already looking to match it or even surpass it.

But that’s not all. For the first time ever 3 short films were so impressive that they were ranked among on the main feature film list.

As is the standard for a film to be considered, it must pass the Upkins Media Litmus Test.

Many did and they did not disappoint.

Without further adieu, let’s get this party started.

THE TOP FILMS OF 2016

16. Siren

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15. The Accountant

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14. The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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13. Anonymous (Hacker)

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12. X-Men: Apocalypse

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11. Deadpool

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10. Looking: The Movie

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09. Captain America: Civil War

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08. Our Kind of Traitor

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07. Max Steel

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06.  Point Break

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05. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman (extended edition)

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04. Suicide Squad (extended edition)

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03. Lemonade: The Visual Album

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02. In a three-way tie:

Rain: A Fan Film About Storm

Hoshino: A Star Wars Fan Film

If Congress Was Your Co-Worker

And the number one film for 2016 which was also released in early February and made for an excellent birthday gift for yours truly:

01. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

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Oh we’re just getting started.

EXEMPLARY HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Birth of a Nation

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Come and Find Me

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Southside With You

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Imperium

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Midnight Special

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Sparks

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Horns

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Loving

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King Cobra

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Those People

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Hidden Figures

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Best Documentaries

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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13th

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A Ballerina’s Tale

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WWE Women’s Revolution

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Best Specials/Short Films/Oneshots

John Cena: We Are America

It’s Asian Men: A Sexy Short Film

Save The Kiss

Doctor Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE

Literal Bohemian Rhapsody

Understanding: A 35mm Film

 

Worst Films of 2016

Ghostbusters

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(With the exception of Leslie J who we adore)

Stonewall

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Ghost In The Shell

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Gods of Egypt

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Doctor Strange

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Best Animated Films

Batman: Bad Blood

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Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

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Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

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Moana

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

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DC Superhero Girls

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