2016

by keeswamelink | created - 08 Jan 2016 | updated - 16 Sep 2017 | Public

The movies I watched in 2016

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1. Trainwreck (2015)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn

Votes: 125,134 | Gross: $110.21M

2. Joy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 122,194 | Gross: $56.45M

3. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 15,999

4. A Noble Intention (2015)

115 min | Drama, History

In 1888 Amsterdam, a stubborn violin maker and his pharmacist cousin face hardship and tragedy as they oppose the powerful businessmen who plan to force him from his house and erect a luxurious new hotel in its place.

Director: Joram Lürsen | Stars: Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jacob Derwig, Rifka Lodeizen, Zeb Troostwijk

Votes: 1,700

5. Tanna (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean | Stars: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Charlie Kahla

Votes: 3,832 | Gross: $0.01M

6. That Sugar Film (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Milla Bakaitis, Richard Davies

Votes: 8,601

7. Tales (2014)

88 min | Drama

A series of seven vignettes about different people dealing with their every day problems in modern day Iran, that are loosely related to each other.

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Habib Rezaei, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Golab Adineh

Votes: 1,118

8. Mediterranea (2015)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

Director: Jonas Carpignano | Stars: Alassane Sy, Koudous Seihon, Adam Gnegne, Mary Elizabeth Innocence

Votes: 1,291 | Gross: $0.01M

9. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 138,829 | Gross: $3.33M

10. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 476,701 | Gross: $54.12M

11. Kenau (2014)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While she fights a heroic battle against the Spanish besieger with her female army, Kenau, driven by hate and sorrow of the execution of her youngest daughter, is threatened to also lose ... See full summary »

Director: Maarten Treurniet | Stars: Barry Atsma, Lisa Smit, Sallie Harmsen, Monic Hendrickx

Votes: 1,382

12. Those Who Feel the Fire Burning (2014)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Drama

A story, told by the wandering ghost of a dead man, about the hopeless existence of refugees stuck at the edge of Europe.

Director: Morgan Knibbe

Votes: 249

13. Vixen! (1968)

X | 70 min | Drama

Vixen lives in a Canadian mountain resort with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Erica Gavin, Garth Pillsbury, Harrison Page, Jon Evans

Votes: 2,426

14. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high school students try to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seeking revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 36,315 | Gross: $111.29M

15. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 330,176 | Gross: $70.26M

16. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 154,045 | Gross: $11.11M

17. Marie's Story (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet

Votes: 1,546 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Pan (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

36 Metascore

Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be for ever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Votes: 57,630 | Gross: $35.09M

19. Chevalier (2015)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

A fishing trip in the Aegean Sea among a sextet of friends becomes the perfect setting for a relentless contest of male dominance. Everything can spark a fierce competition; but, only one can wear the precious chevalier. Who will it be?

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari | Stars: Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orfanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros

Votes: 3,797 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Neon Bull (2015)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Iremar works at the rodeo in North East of Brazil. From his home, the truck used to transport the animals, he dreams of a future in the region's booming clothing industry.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves, Roberto Birindelli

Votes: 2,494 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 61,150 | Gross: $3.76M

22. Sweet Bean (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 7,713 | Gross: $0.12M

23. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Archie, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin

Votes: 1,951 | Gross: $0.42M

24. The Endless River (2015)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Gilles and Tiny are both mourning recent deaths. Their grief unites them but hiding beneath the grief are darker shadows that connect their losses.

Director: Oliver Hermanus | Stars: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Crystal-Donna Roberts, Clayton Evertson, Darren Kelfkens

Votes: 124

25. Men & Chicken (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling

Votes: 9,607 | Gross: $0.03M

26. The Idol (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah, Ahmad Qasem

Votes: 1,508

27. Communication & Lies (2015)

103 min | Drama

Ignoring conventions and rules about formats or likeable characters, in his self-assured debut Lee Seungwon tells an uncomfortable story about a man and a woman who both find themselves in ... See full summary »

Director: Seung-Won Lee | Stars: Sun Jang, Kwon-hoo Kim, Sun-young Kim

Votes: 30

28. Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

R | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

62 Metascore

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Riko Narumi, Shô Aoyagi, Kiyohiko Shibukawa

Votes: 3,519

29. The Other Side (VIII) (2015)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Drama

65 Metascore

In an invisible territory at the margins of society lives a wounded community who face the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Minervini | Stars: Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen, James Lee Miller, Austin Anderson

Votes: 984 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Strange Love (2016)

70 min | Drama

Transgender Khush wants to transform his female body into a muscly Bollywood one. Suman is a musician whose work criticizes the conservative socio-political climate in India. Their lives ... See full summary »

Director: Natasha Mendonca | Stars: Suman Sridhar, Jim Sarbh, Prem Mishra

31. Innocence of Memories (2015)

97 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

Base on a novel of the Nobel Prize writer Orhan Pamuk 'The Museum of Innocence'. Set in Istanbul during 1975 to 1984, a story of a man who collects various objects of a woman as memory during their love period.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Pandora Colin, Mehmet Ergen, Ara Güler, Süleyman Fidaye

Votes: 284

32. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo

Votes: 1,926 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Suntan (2016)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama

59 Metascore

On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.

Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos | Stars: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Hara Kotsali, Milou Van Groesen

Votes: 5,181

34. High-Rise (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans

Votes: 35,394 | Gross: $0.34M

35. The Shell Collector (2016)

87 min | Drama

A blind conchologist who lives ion the island of Okinawa, Japan cures a rare disease afflicting Izumi who has washed up on the shore. having cured a rare disease through coincidence he is ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshifumi Tsubota | Stars: Masahiro Arakaki, Lily Franky, Akira Fukuhara, Ai Hashimoto

Votes: 35

36. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 18,716 | Gross: $1.33M

37. The Bride (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

As the Bride and the Groom prepare for the wedding in the pale desert, a tale of unappeased desires; forbidden yearnings, and conflicted choices unfolds. Now, three lovers stand powerless before the true nature of man. Is fate unavoidable?

Director: Paula Ortiz | Stars: Inma Cuesta, Álex García, Asier Etxeandia, Luisa Gavasa

Votes: 2,778

38. Drakkar (I) (2015)

52 min | Drama, Romance

A woman and man live together, with just a dog and the internet for company. Isolated, they try to live their lives as freely as possible.

Director: Maud Alpi | Stars: Tofu, Homer, Giselle Teulié, Dimitri Buchenet

Votes: 22

39. Endorphine (2015)

PG | 84 min | Drama

Complex time shifting drama revolving about a violent senseless murder and young witness.

Director: André Turpin | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Mylène Mackay, Lise Roy, Guy Thauvette

Votes: 608

40. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 97,825 | Gross: $3.22M

41. Youth (I) (2015)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda

Votes: 67,315 | Gross: $2.70M

42. Masaan (2015)

109 min | Drama

Along India's Ganges River, four people face prejudice, a strict moral code and a punishing caste system as they confront personal tragedies.

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan | Stars: Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Pankaj Tripathi

Votes: 20,599

43. Creed (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 235,162 | Gross: $109.77M

44. Rock the Kasbah (2015)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Music, War

29 Metascore

A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis

Votes: 10,076 | Gross: $2.98M

45. Francofonia (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History