The Best and Worst Movies of 2016, so far (Part 3)

As indicated by the title, this is the third part of a series, but unlike the first two parts of the series which endeavored to use the films I feel are the best and worst of the year to date in order to show how I come by my ratings for movies, this one is merely intended to finish the best and worst list, and thus will not go into as great of detail on the way I view the inner workings of each of the movies.

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Warcraft directed by Duncan Jones and starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, and Ben Foster

An unfortunate entry in the canon of otherwise very promising director Duncan Jones, Warcraft is an obvious labor of love that can never seem to find any kind of consistency, even internally.  Visuals are fantastic for the character effects, but horrible for nearly everything else.  Rules for magic make for interesting plot development, but are forgotten about whenever they are inconvenient.  It is hard to tell who the film is made for since important scenes go unexplained, making it look as if it is made for people already very familiar with the game and its world, but it spends much of its time explaining details that these very same people should know intimately and thus wasting time which could be better spent on character and plot development.

Overall:  3.6 out of 10

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Independence Day: Resurgence directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman

The first Independence Day was a dumb but fun alien invasion piece that threw every stereotype of such films in the book at us, but at least did it in the best possible way.  Independence Day: Resurgence has all the dumb stereotypes, but almost none of the charm and fun of the original.  The only thing which this movie has going for it are the admittedly quite impressive special effects, but the acting is either wooden or hammy, the writing absolutely incompetent, and directing practically non-existent.

Overall:  3.6 out of 10

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Star Trek Beyond directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban

Star Trek Beyond combined the thoughtfulness and themes of the original show with the fast paced action of the rebooted universe to create something the ends up being the best of both worlds.  Add to that the fact that the well known and loved Star Trek characters have never had quite this much depth of character nor been portrayed quite as well as they are here and you have a movie that must be included in any conversation about the greatest Star Trek stories ever told.

Overall: 8.0 out of 10

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Lights Out directed by David E Sandberg and starring Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman

Lights Out is the greatest example of what a low budget horror movie can be.  It relies more on psychology than on jump scares and special effects.  It has strong themes meaning you not only have something to think about when the movie is over, but the scares have a purpose and commentary behind them.  It’s good to see that word of mouth got so many going to see this one, because it has all the makings of a one day classic.

Overall:  8.2 out of 10

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Jason Bourne directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Alicia Vikander

Jason Bourne is the name of a movie and a character which have both become mundane, predictable, and disappointing.  To say this fifth film in the series is more of the same would be to give it a little too much credit.  It’s realistic bits are dull, and as if it realized this it decided to go too over the top in its climax to remain consistent in tone.  At least the acting was decent.

Overall:  3.6 out of 10

And that’s it for my and of summer wrap up of the best and worst of 2016 to date.  These entries include only major theatrical releases and not limited release, straight to DVD/streaming video services, nor my reviews over the last couple of weeks as I feel I need more time to dwell on those to adequately place them (though, I have a strong feeling Deadpool will have to make room for Kubo and the Two Strings come year end when I do top 10 best and worst.

Let me know what you think of the list in the comments, and tell me what your favorites, and your favorites to hate on, are.

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