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The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part VIII

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Scorsese’s passion project of 25 years…and his lowest-grossing film in 20. (Source)

Here it is, the final batch of 2016 reviews. Savor them, because I’m not sure when I’ll be putting up more.

The first 9 films are ***½. The final three are ****.

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The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part VII

 

I decided to break the final batch of capsule reviews into two: this contains all the remaining films which I ranked *** or less; the final batch, which you’ll get in the next day or two, will contain all the ***½ and **** films. This list, however, does contain two Best Picture nominees and three films nominated in other categories.

Please also note that these reviews may contain spoilers for the films in question.

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The Most Overrated Films of 2016

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Poor things. They don’t know what’s in store for them.

I’m the kind of guy who tends to go against the grain, so it gives me a kind of perverse delight to make the case for a film being worth rather less than it has generally been taken for.

All the same, I still love cinema (if I didn’t, why would I spend so much time writing about it?), and with many of these films, I felt a certain regret that I couldn’t share in the love so many had for them.

So my intent here is to make my case fairly, rather than smashing idols just to hear them break. A thousand assholes are doing that at any given second. Here are my picks for the most overrated films of the year.

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The Most Underrated Films of 2016

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I’ve used the other poster a bunch of times, time to give this one a chance.

Even more than taking down overrated films, I relish the ability to promote underrated ones. So many fine films languish unseen, and for so many reasons. And I consider it my responsibility as a cinephile to bring as many of these films to the light as I can.

In truth, 2016 was not as rich a year for underrated films as the past few, but there are still certainly enough to put together a respectable list, which I present to you without further ado.

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The Films of 2016 in 100 Words or Less: Part VI

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“Nobody gets away with what you did.” (Source)

And, to cap off this series (for the time being) the cream of the crop. Which in this year isn’t saying quite as much as in other years, but still.

These are all **** films, and all films I heartily recommend to you.

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The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part V

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All hail practical effects. (Source)

Here’s the rest of the ***½ films, including some of the most acclaimed of the year. Behold my takes:

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The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part IV

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$80 well spent. (Not by me, by Harry.) (Source)

And now, for the films I gave ***½ to. Half of them, anyway.

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