Top 10 Movies You Must Watch Before 2016 Ends

Review by James Maina


This is a long year end weekend, perfect setting for the perfect Top 10 movies of the year! Forget the Avengers and Batman and Jason Bourne…if you are longing for a movie that will get you totally set to close the year with a beautiful smile on your face, some tears in your eyes, a heart full of love, pointing a finger to the TV screen, a few cracked ribs from the comedy jokes, and horrifying suspense so great you will watch the movie while holding the door ready to run! This is it.

Here is your special list of movies you must watch before 2016 ends:

10. Cafe Society, Genre: Romantic Comedy, Director: Woody Allen, Release Date: May 11, 2016

There is someone at KBC who used to love Woody Allen movies. Growing up, i remember all my favorite movies were Woody Allen movies and the funny thing is all of them were shown late night on KBC…rare was the occasion that NTV or KTN could show a Wooden Allen movie except maybe on a random saturday afternoon movie or except also for the always awesome M-Net, but that was strictly for ma-sonko those days ūüôā

Cafe Society is about a young man who leaves his hometown looking for a chance to make it in Hollowood. Set in the 1930’s, this is a classic Woody Allen film you should not miss, full of young broken hearts who rediscover love and ambition.

Rated 9.5 out of 10 just because it’s made by my second best favorite director, stars Jesse Eisenberg and my God, just listen to the piano sound track.

9:   La La Land, Genre: Romantic Comedy, Director: Damien Chazelle, Release Date: November 9, 2016

If you have ever “Fallen in Love” you will instantly love this move and fall in love with La La Land.

8.   Sing Street, Genre: Musical Romance, Director: John Carney, Release Date: March 17, 2016

Read my review on Sing Street and check out this masterpiece of a musical drama.

7. The Mermaid, Genre: Chinese Comedy, Director: Stephen Chow, Release Date: February 8, 2016

A beautiful mermaid fall in love with a real estate developer who threatens the existence of her species after buying her out property at auction for ridiculous prices with one ridiculous goal. You will laugh until you drop on the floor.


6. Train to Busan, Genre: Zombie, Director: Yeon Sang-ho, Release Date: 20 July 2016

There was no bigger zombie movie of 2016 other than Train to Busan, a mindless epic of continuous action and senseless adventure on a train heading for disaster that will keep you on the edge of your seat with one question on your mind: what was that?

5.¬†Don’t Breath, Genre: Thriller, Director:¬†Fede √Ālvarez, Release Date:¬† August 25, 2016

The title tells it all, if you can, hold your breathe for the suspense thriller film of 2016, featuring some greedy young kids after easy cash from a blind old man….only to painfully realize: life’s not so easy guys…must check this out.

4. The Nice Guys, Genre: Detective Drama, Director: Shane Black, Release Date: May 15, 2016

This should have been called the stupid guys. The story is about 2 detectives who get themselves in a mess they can’t get out of without themselves getting hurt. Have you ever laughed and thought, man that’s not funny!

3. The Light Between Oceans, Genre: Drama, Director: Derek Cianfrance, Release Date: 2016

Don’t you love Michael Fassbender? I mean, the guy was superb as Magneto in Xmen Apocalypse. Here he does a smaller scale emotional drama who rescues a baby drifting on a boat, and together with his wife decides to raise the baby, a decision that forever changes their lives.

2. Moonlight, Genre: Drama, Director: Barry Jenkins, Release Date: October 21, 2016

Moonlight has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 4/4 rating by Roger Ebert and is easily the highest rated reviewed movie of 2016, by american critics ofcourse. If it’s only Kenya this would have been banned a long time back. Moonlight is the dramatic story of a young boy growing up in an era full of drugs, sex and psychological¬†drama, discovering his own controversial sexuality as he grows up…hint: he is gay

1. A Monster Calls, Genre: Fantasy,

This movie touched me to the core. Watch it with emotional shock absorbers, tissue paper and an open mind ready for adventure. A 12 year old young boy has a challenge of a lifetime: how to deal with his mother’s cancer. The way he chooses to deal with it will surprise you, transform you and elevate your knowing of coping mechanisms.

A perfect movie for ending the year.

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