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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2016


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2016 started with the final installment of DreamWorks' animated Kung Fu Panda series.

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Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds served up a massive hit to Fox and broke the mold for superhero movies by going for a hard R.

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Eddie the Eagle was a most enjoyable underdog story from the 1988 Olympics about a British ski jumper. Taron Edgerton was charming in the lead, and hugh Jackman made a fine coach.

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The Other Side of the Door served up supernatural horror.

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Fox only handled Florence Foster Jenkins in the UK, but even so, it ranks as one of Fox's best of the year with Meryl Streep's best performance of the decade and career best work from Hugh Grant.

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Demolition, about a widower that came undone, started out with promise, but.....

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It was summer again, so of course the X-Men dropped by.

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A Bigger Splash was a provocative dark drama.

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Aliens attacked earth again in Independence Day: Resurgence

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Back to risque comedy with Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates.

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Ice Age: Collision Course ended another animated series.

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The 90s cult series Absolutely Fabulous came to the big screen with its two leads on the run after accidentally causing Kate Moss to fall into the river.

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Morgan was a sci-fi horror film about a dangerous teen.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was the latest from Tim Burton, involving a whole place of eccentrics.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses was an action-comedy.

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The Birth of a Nation was about Nat Turner's rebellion. The film was much praised at Sundance

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Trolls was another animated musical.

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Rules Don't Apply disappeared quickly, but I felt that despite some issues, it was better than might be expected. Its a beautiful looking film, and by the end rather effecting as well. As Howard Hughes, Warren Beatty made his first appearance in 15 years. Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich made fine young leads, and Matthew Broderick (nicely understated), Annette Bening, Candise Bergen, Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Alec Baldwin, and Oliver Platt were also featured.

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Assassin's Creed was another video game film

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And Why Him? was another R rated comedy.

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Natalie Portman was at her very best in Jackie, showing the First lady in mourning after that horrific 1963 day. This was the end of the line for John Hurt, playing a kindly priest.

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And Hidden Figures was another glorious film, filled with wonderful acting and an inspiring story. One of 2016's best, just like Florence Foster Jenkins and Jackie.

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10 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

The original plan was to do 2017, 2018, and 2019 (and beyond) tonight to cap the series, but I've run out of time for today, so tomorrow will be the end of this series.

Thanks. You've done such a great job. It's very much appreciated.

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My top picks:

  1. Deadpool
  2. Jackie
  3. Florence Foster Jenkins

 

I've also seen Eddie the EagleX-Men: ApocalypseA Bigger SplashIndependence Day: ResurgenceMorganMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenThe Birth of a NationRules Don't ApplyAssassin's Creed, and Hidden Figures.

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