Okay, I'll play. There are gaps in my movie-viewing for 2016 but here's what I got.
I make no claims that these opinions should make sense to anyone else, they're just my own.
Tentpoles (The Ones I Saw)
Star Trek Something
I saw both of these and if you put a gun to my head and demand I tell you what happened in either one, go ahead and pull the trigger because I got nothin'.
Don't shoot! Ant Man can also get big! I remember that! That was fun!
But that's literally all I remember other than everybody fights a lot and I was bored.
Enjoyed it because I knew nothing about Doctor Strange going in. Wacky fun.
Ditto. Hilarious, and another character I knew nothing about. So, a win/win.
Batman v Superman
Mostly enjoyed it, certainly more so than Man of Steel. The complaint I usually see is that "Batman/Superman aren't supposed to be like that" which is of course what I liked about it. Would have liked it even more if it had ended literally five seconds sooner.
Is it safe now to say I didn't love this one? Not because of the cast - they were the best part. It was the clunky fan service - has there ever been a less memorable Bill Murray cameo? And the not-quite-solid grasp of what tone to shoot for. That may be a case of too many cooks because wow, I cannot recall a movie where the reshoots were more blatantly obvious. With Feig's track record I assumed there'd at least be a solid script, but I guess there were too many hoops that needed jumping through.
But - the way women young and old have embraced this flick has been wonderful to observe and so who gives a shit what I think of it? It wasn't made for me and that's fine.
I admired the effort more than I actually enjoyed it. Perfectly okay but on the Pixar scale a bit meh.
Overall I liked it, and when ______ happened it worked for me and I was impressed that they had pulled it off. Basically it's a low-impact Contact, but any movie about smart people being smart gets a lot of brownie points.
I unabashedly loved it. If you forced me to name my favorite movie of 2016, this might be it.
Smaller Movies I Liked Very Much
Edge Of Seventeen
20th Century Women
Special Mention: Don't Think Twice - About the dynamics of an improv troupe. I lived this movie at the Groundlings when Lovitz and then Hartman got tapped to be on SNL - Don't Think Twice is exactly what that was like.
Smaller Movies That Entertained Me To An Acceptable Level
The Girl On The Train
Manchester By The Sea
Hell Or High Water
The Nice Guys
Well-made Discovery Channel Documentary With An Unnecessary Movie Attached
Critical Darlings That I Did Not Enjoy At All
A Monster Calls
Nice VFX but a struggle to get through
My worst of the year. A grindhouse movie that went to art school and seems to be missing the last reel. I hated it and I hate that it exists and I can't wait to break that screener DVD in half and bury the pieces at a crossroads at midnight. I hope I've made myself clear.
The Movie I Hated And Loved At The Same Time
La La Land
This is a tough one. I loved the setting, the story, the cast, the cinematography, the choreography, the art direction, everything. All of which meant nothing every time one of those godawful plonking unmemorable "songs" started. The incredible opening scene was as if Bob Fosse came back from the dead to stage one more amazing musical number - but for his sins he had to use a song that was either a rejected Up With People track or maybe a deleted scene from that episode where the Brady kids form a musical group.
And the damn movie just kept doing that. One beautifully staged plodding, grating, earsplitter after another. If John Legend hadn't shown up briefly to remind me there was still good in the world, I might not have made it to the end of the most un-musical musical since Frozen. Oh, if only I was deaf so I could love La La Land. It should win every award - except score or song because if it wins either of those then the terrorists have won.
That's what I got for 2016. (Rogue One not listed because I haven't seen it yet.)