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Blair Witch
Blair Witch (2016)
34 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I can't even begin my rant on how fucking awful BLAIR WITCH was because it will be ceaseless. Just, don't. Do not with this disgrace. My god, it has the worst acting and worst writing I've seen in film, ever. What a waste of telling a promising, mythological, fucked-up folklore?! I WANTED THE FUCKING BLAIR WITCH AND 95% OF THIS FILM WAS A WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY (because the bit of methodology/philosophy of the Witch was fucking fantastic but NOT EXPANDED ON. So one star for making her fucking awesome for like 5 minutes. Aside from that, good riddance. This film is everything that is wrong about most modern horror.

Don't Breathe
Don't Breathe (2016)
55 days ago via Movies on iPhone

My blood pressure must be through the roof right now, after what I'm sure was about an hour of heart palpitations. After takeoff, Don't Breathe is a claustrophobic and thrilling force to be reckoned with. It straddles the fine line between thriller and horror, making it a psychotic hybrid of suspense, gore, and immorality. This film is going down as one of the most clever, original, and brutal films of 2k16.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Suicide Squad doesn't deserve half the negative reception it's gotten over the past week. As far as the DC cinematic universe goes, this film exceeds Man of Steel and BvS by a long shot, and its success lies directly in the fact that it refuses to take itself too seriously. What the film lacks in coherent or meaningful plot it makes up for in fantastic character development, particularly Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie steals the show every time she is on screen and is easily the film's leading force. Sure, Suicide Squad isn't a masterpiece by any means, but it is an undeniably gritty, entertaining expression of violence and nihilism. You can argue this isn't what cinema or society needs right now, but Suicide Squad isn't meant to be a statement on political correctness or important social values. It's a riotous exploration of psychopathy, anarchy, and bloodshed. Take it at face value and enjoy the ride.

Green Room
Green Room (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Mercilessly dark and gritty, Green Room is by far one of the most grueling and suffocating experiences I've had in a theater all year. Filled to the brim with sharp wit and sharper knives, Green Room is a definite test for the impatient and the squeamish, but it is a hell of a ride with immense payoff. Thrillers are rarely this maniacally fun.

Zootopia (2016)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After the massive success and intellectual grandeur of Inside Out last year, I figured it would be a very long time before any other animated film came close. Inside Out tackled our views on cognition and emotion in a beautifully creative way, making it not only a spectacle to watch but also somewhat of a crash course in Freudian psychology. In many ways, Zootopia is also an incredibly intelligent and creative film, though its purpose is for a different message-an important and relevant one our society needs. Through its use of vibrant and clever animals of all species, Zootopia addressed issues between animals which could be easily equated to racism, misogyny, LGBT rights, drugs, and other relevant controversies or crises in our culture. It's a colorful tale with a positive message, clever social awareness, and probably the greatest animated fox in all of cinematic history (though I may be biased, because I love Jason Bateman).

Zootopia takes place in a world where animals have evolved to such a high degree that predator and prey have come to live together in peace. Our protagonist, Judy Hopps, manages to become the first bunny cop to have ever existed in the city of Zootopia-because of course, all the cops are lions, rams, and other massive creatures. Fear begins to break out in the elegantly vivid and surreal city of Zootopia as predators begin to revert back to their instinctual nature, forgetting to speak and attacking "prey" without remorse.

Officer Judy Hopps, our lively bunny protagonist, takes it upon herself to discover the cause of these violent and inexplicable regressions, meeting a sly and clever fox named Nick along the way. As a dry-humored con artist and with an endlessly sarcastic personality, Jason Bateman is just as charming and riotous as an animated fox in Zootopia as he is in the comedy series Arrested Development or recent comedies such as Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, and Bad Words.

Zootopia takes a brilliant plot and executes it with precision. Though a bit more catered for children than Inside Out, Zootopia is still primarily in the category of intellectual animated films, others being Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox (which coincidentally also features a charming fox) and the entire "Studio Ghibli" collection, my favorites being Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro. It's refreshing seeing animated films with positive and genuine message, particularly an intelligent one, and this is what makes Zootopia such a great success (as well as being the first best animated film of the year). It is skillful and quick-witted when making metaphorical connections to our culture, filled with perfectly relentless stabs at racism and discrimination and gut-wrenchingly funny characters. Best of all, it has a thoughtful and significant message that will impact both kids and adults, though adults will pick up on more of the subtleties.