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Top 10 Best Films of 2016 So Far

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Written by Gloria

We’ve been presented with so many movies this year, from low-budget horror films to hit superhero stories and other genre pieces. Some of this year’s movies took us back in time and some immersed us in 3D worlds. If you love watching films or you are a frequent moviegoer, you’d want to know which movies are worth watching. Here are the best films of 2016 so far.

  1. The Lobster

The Lobster was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The dark future-society movie follows the story of Colin Farrell. Colin checks into a hotel only to find himself required by law to find a mate in 45 days. If he doesn’t, he’d be changed into an animal he chose. True to the title, Colin chose lobster. After trying to forge a relationship with a female counterpart, Colin eventually escapes to the forest where anti-monogamy rebels are positioned. The Lobster is a deadpan dystopian comedy that explores the themes of marriage, relationships, marriage and one’s desire for connection.

Where to Watch:

Rent

  • Amazon Instant Video$4.99
  • DirectTV Cinema – $5.99
  • iTunes – $4.99
  • Vudu – $4.99
  • Microsoft Store – $4.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$12.99
  • iTunes – $12.99
  • Vudu – $12.96
  • Microsoft Store – $12.99
  1. Louder than Bombs

Directed by Joachim Trier, Louder than Bombs is the story about a teacher and his two sons who are trying to accept the death of their matriarch. The shadow and the secrets that their matriarch took to her grave are affecting their present. The film employs delicate visual framing and various narrative devices, mostly flashbacks. Louder than Bombs presents an explosive look at intense emotions of miserable loved ones who are trying to reconnect and reconcile their personal, familial and artistic desires.

Where to Watch

  • Amazon PrimeFree
  • Putlocker – Free
  • iTunes
  • Vudu
  1. Green Room

Green Room was directed by Jeremy Saulnier. The hardcore thriller is about a punk band that rashly decides to accept a show at a countryside neo-Nazi music club. The group witnesses the aftermath of a murder and becomes hostages of the local skinheads as well as their leader, resulting in a lengthy confrontation staged as a sequence of silent, terrifying moments and bursts of ruthless violence.

Where to Watch:

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $4.99
  • PlayStation$4.99
  • iTunes – $4.99
  • Microsoft Store – $4.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$12.99
  • iTunes – $9.99
  • PlayStation – $12.99
  • Microsoft Store – $12.99
  1. The Fits

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits is a small-scale indie that tells the story of Toni, a young African-American girl who finds herself drawn to the dance team that practices in the same local boxing gym where she works out. The movie is not just a coming-of-age story, but an expressionistic shot of a young girl who is trying to define her identity, discover a place for herself and surpass her estrangement from the world.

Where to Watch:

Stream

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $3.99
  • PlayStation$3.99
  • iTunes – $3.99
  • Microsoft Store – $3.99
  • Amazon Instant Video – $3.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$12.99
  • iTunes – $12.99
  • PlayStation – $12.99
  • Microsoft Store – $12.99
  1. Mountains May Depart

Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart is a story divided into three. The film is about three friends involved in a love triangle. Mountains May Depart follows the development of the characters’ lives involving marriage, illness, divorce and children as well as pressing hope. It’s filled with bemused commentary about the estranging role of technology in interpersonal relationships. The movie is an alternately pessimistic and funny examination of a country’s evolution as well as its negative and positive effects for the people.

Where to Watch:

Stream

  • Netflix

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $3.99
  • iTunes – $3.99
  • Amazon Instant Video – $3.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$8.99
  • iTunes – $12.99
  • Google Play Movies – $9.99
  1. The Invitation

The Invitation was directed by Karyn Kusama. It is the story of a Los Angeles man who, together with his current girlfriend, attends a dinner party held by his ex-wife and her new partner. It’s a rather awkward situation as they separated after the death of their child. The Invitation shows that there’s more to this gathering than meets the eye. By the time all the answers to the questions were revealed, the movie has become a masterpiece of continuous anxiety.

Where to Watch:

Stream

  • Netflix

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $3.99
  • iTunes – $6.99
  • Amazon Instant Video – $3.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$9.99
  • iTunes – $9.99
  • Google Play Movies – $9.99
  1. Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra, Embrace of the Serpent shows two hallucinatory stories set during different yet uncannily similar eras through the Amazon. In both courses, a German interloper seeks help from a native shaman to find a plant that allegedly has magical healing abilities. It was shot in black-and-white and packed with ethnographic details.

Where to Watch:

Stream

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $3.99
  • iTunes – $3.99
  • Amazon Instant Video – $3.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$12.99
  • iTunes – $12.99
  • Google Play Movies – $9.99
  1. Kill Zone 2

Kill Zone 2 was directed by Cheang Pou-so. The film shows the year’s best hand-to-hand battles. Wu Jing demonstrated skilful martial-arts skills and Jaa-he displayed his trademark flying knee attacks and elbow drops. The melodrama and humour of the film may be overcooked, but the fighting prowess of the characters makes Kill Zone 2 a must-see for those who love this genre.

Where to Watch:

  • Putlocker – Free
  • HDMovie2K – Free
  1. The Nice Guys

Directed by Shane Black, The Nice Guys is a humorous 1970s neo-noir comedy that follows the story of Ryan Gosling, a clumsy private investigator who has to work together with a for-hire enforcer to solve a case involving a dead porn star and a missing girl. The pair proves to be an antagonistic, belligerent duo as they move through a shabby showbiz landscape. The movie is a distinctive crime thriller that builds entertaining momentum as it moves toward a mystery-unraveling end.

Where to Watch:

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $3.99
  • iTunes – $3.99
  • Amazon Instant Video – $3.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$14.99
  • iTunes – $14.99
  • Google Play Movies – $14.99
  1. Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War shows proficient storytelling conventions and trademark flamboyant aesthetics. New characters were integrated into the movies. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Civil War’s exciting mix-and-match battles make it worth watching for those who love the genre.

Where to Watch:

Rent

  • Google Play Movies – $4.99
  • iTunes – $4.99
  • Microsoft Store – $4.99

Own

  • Amazon Instant Video$19.99
  • iTunes – $14.99
  • Google Play Movies – $14.99

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