As I look through 2016, the year that I started The Sacred Wall, I am filled with a variety of feelings. Overall, it was kind of an average, disappointing year – of the 120 I saw (42 reviewed), including documentaries, there are really only a handful I feel I can recommend. However, I cannot get over how phenomenal that Top 3 is. La La Land and Moonlight will be historic classics, and while it doesn’t necessarily have the same impact, my #1 pick, Everybody Wants Some!!, was just too near and dear to me not to place at #1. It is an All-Time Favorite for me, the perfect example of a special film finding you at the right time. I also look at how great some of those film in my Top 15 are, including Arrival, The Handmaiden, Zootopia, and Loving. Two genres that really had a chance to shine in 2016 were documentaries, as O.J.: Made In America, Tower, 13th, Weiner, and I Am Not Your Negro will stand as beacons of the art, and animation, which gave us Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings, Sing, Moana, Finding Dory, and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader. It’s too early to start to rethink any of these options, as I haven’t had the chance for history to start to weigh in on what’s a classic and what isn’t, and I still stand by that Top Ten, but if there’s anything I would consider changing, I would maybe move up Popstar and Hush, two great genre films that deserved more love than they got. I’m not sure what would move down though – I very dearly loved my Top Ten. Anyway, you can see the full list of films I saw, listed, and reviewed between January 1st, 2016 and February 26th, 2017 (due to stupid release scheduling rules, I give myself extra time). I would recommend that Top 36 in a heartbeat fairly easily, and would once again like to remind you to check out all of those documentary selections.

Any colored bold name can be clicked on for a link to the original review

You can see my Worst of 2016 list here

You can see my Sacred Wall Awards listed here

And you can see my Top Ten Films of 2016 list right here

  1. Everybody Wants Some!!
  2. La La Land
  3. Moonlight
  4. Hail, Caesar!
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. The Nice Guys
  7. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Hidden Figures
  9. Jackie
  10. Deadpool
  11. Zootopia
  12. Arrival
  13. The Handmaiden
  14. Loving
  15. The Salesman
  16. American Honey
  17. Manchester by the Sea
  18. 20th Century Women
  19. Swiss Army Man
  20. Pete’s Dragon
  21. Don’t Think Twice
  22. Kubo and the Two Strings
  23. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  24. The Edge of Seventeen
  25. Sing Street
  26. Moana
  27. Sing
  28. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  29. Hush
  30. Silence
  31. The BFG
  32. Finding Dory
  33. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  34. Doctor Strange
  35. Fences
  36. Army of One
  37. The Jungle Book
  38. Sully
  39. The Neon Demon
  40. Jason Bourne
  41. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
  42. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
  43. Sausage Party
  44. Star Trek Beyond
  45. Elle
  46. Florence Foster Jenkins
  47. The Lobster
  48. Mascots
  49. War Dogs
  50. Patriots’ Day
  51. A Bigger Splash
  52. Maggie’s Plan
  53. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  54. How To Be Single
  55. The Shallows
  56. Midnight Special
  57. Captain America: Civil War
  58. The Conjuring 2
  59. Trolls
  60. Deepwater Horizon
  61. Green Room
  62. Blair Witch
  63. Lion
  64. Love and Friendship
  65. Hacksaw Ridge
  66. Passengers
  67. The Birth of a Nation
  68. Don’t Breathe
  69. Nocturnal Animals
  70. Denial
  71. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  72. Suicide Squad
  73. The Accountant
  74. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
  75. The Witch
  76. Ghostbusters
  77. Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
  78. Risen
  79. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  80. Aquarius
  81. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  82. American Pastoral
  83. Born To Be Blue
  84. The Girl on the Train
  85. Captain Fantastic
  86. Rules Don’t Apply
  87. Café Society
  88. Morgan
  89. Indignation
  90. Batman: The Killing Joke
  91. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  92. Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland
  93. Lazer Team
  94. The Invitation
  95. Liberty’s Secret
  96. Southside With You
  97. Genius
  98. Lights Out
  99. Triple Nine
  100. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  101. Snowden
  102. Gods of Egypt
  103. Search Party
  104. The Forest
  105. Nine Lives
  106. Collateral Beauty
  107. Warcraft
  108. Mother’s Day
  109. God’s Not Dead 2
  110. Get a Job
  111. Norm of the North


  1. O.J.: Made In America
  2. Tower
  3. 13th
  4. Weiner
  5. I Am Not Your Negro
  6. Tickled
  7. Amanda Knox
  8. Audrie and Daisy
  9. The Brainwashing of My Dad