#1. Captain America: Civil War
9 of 10
Story: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
OMSmedia: Latest installment in the Russo Brothers Marvel Films. Now the hardest thing would be to convince friends to fight, then makeup, then fight again. And the Russos pull it off. It’s even a bit better than Age of Ultron for group fighting, putting together the best daylight superhero battle on film to date. Spoiler: The insect based heroes still the show.
#2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
9 of 10
Story: During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
OMSmedia: Michael bay can light a scene and and knows how kinetic action works. Mix that with true story about some amazing CIA security holding the castle despite limp noodle support from Obama and Hillary. And you have a tragic and heroic tale of badassery.
#3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
8 of 10
Story: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
OMSmedia: First non-saga Star wars film, but let’s face it, fits better than most (Empire to Jedi aside) Is a different vibe throughout, but still delivers a amazing third act and final 10 mins worthy of a top spot in any of the films thus far. Saw the film twice and Vader’s hallway scene still makes it hard to breathe. (They do have a lot of explaining to do about the how basically none of the first trailer was in the movie)
8 of 10
Story: A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
OMSmedia: This was a ‘stars align’ moment in film, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool the way HE would do it, the best opening credits of any movie, ..EVER, and violence so poetic it was borderline John Woo-ish. A hard-R marvel movie, .and it worked.
#5. The Accountant
7 of 10
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
OMSmedia: This totally snuck up on me. Went in expecting nothing and got a wonderful treat. An Assassin on the Spectrum. Would pay big bucks to see him against Jason Bourne. Not a fan of cold filming locations…too many greys for my tastes. But a wonderful journey and a great twist.
#6. The Nice Guys
6 of 10
Story: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.
OMSmedia: Very Shane Black, very 70’s LA…both good things. L.A.Confidential with a lot more bumbling.
6 of 10
Story: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
OMSmedia: Gay/Racial allegory aside, pretty good detective story with the world’s second most likable actor Jason Bateman (Paul Rudd still holds the number one spot). Best line : Quit it carl, your gonna start a howl.
6 of 10
Story: As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war.
OMSmedia: This is a film that deserves better than it got. A smash hit everywhere but here. Duncan Jones and CGI team pulled of a true step forward in creature design. The story is a tragic tale of war and nation building. Friendship and honor and some damn brutal fights. (Horse throwing for god’s sake). If Lord of the Rings didn’t exist…this would be the standard bearer.
#9. London Has Fallen
6 of 10
Story: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
OMSmedia: Normally would be an honorable mention, shot too many dark scenes, but the final assault is wonderful. And Gerald is still a badass. 5 points just for yelling this during a beatdown: “You know what you assholes don’t get? We’re not a fucking building! We’re not a fucking flag! We’re not just one man! Assholes like you have been trying to kill us for a long fucking time. But you know what? A thousand years from now, we’ll still fucking be here!”
#10. Finding Dory
6 of 10
Story: The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
OMSmedia: A little to same thing to be higher. But solid story with worthwhile new characters. And how Pixar does water is still amazing and mesmerizing.
Star Trek Beyond – A little draw down. from the first 2…but a great kill song.
Don’t Breathe – Top of the horror films I saw…good twist…gross revenge.
Deepwater Horizon – Straight up story of how it happened…really smart good ole boys..undermined by corporate lackeys.
OUIJA – Follows the vibe of . Wang’s 70’s poltergeist style horror he did so well with The Conjuring…but something new is afoot..including a very good double scare.
Still need to see, 2 or three potential list makers:
Bad Santa 2
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Bleed for This
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Free State of Jones
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Jane Got a Gun
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Office Christmas Party
Pete’s Dragon (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Lobster (US Release)
The Purge: Election Year
Train to Busan