Our Top 10 Films of 2016 – In Case You Missed Them

“We all need illusions. That’s why we love movies,” actress Monica Bellucci once said. In 2016, Hollywood delivered spectacular stories that resonated with the audience in enthralling ways.  We couldn’t begin this year off right without giving our readers the top 10 films we considered worth watching last year. It’s a new year, and in case you missed any of the films mentioned on our list, it’s time to lay back, grab the popcorn, and choose a movie we hope you will enjoy.


  1. Rouge One: A Star Wars Story

Some Star Wars fans loved The Force Awakens, and others walked out from the movie theater unfortunately disappointed. Let’s forget about those hard feelings for a while.  Rouge One is here catering to all Star Wars fans who are dying for a story that stays true to the film series. You’ll be pulled in by the action, and the characters themselves. A movie we recommend all to watch and we prefer not giving anything away!

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  1. La La Land

Another spectacular film that pays tribute to the classic Hollywood musical. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film is about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles – a story for all the hopeless romantics, and dreamers out there. However simple the synopsis may be; it is more complex than just two people falling in love. This story is sure to make your heart swoon even after you walk out of the movie theater.

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  1. Disney’s Moana

You’re never too old to enjoy a Disney film. Moana is a story about a young Polynesian princess determined to complete her ancestors unfinished quest. Upon meeting the demi-god Maui, together they embark on a journey full of exciting adventures. This is a movie anyone can enjoy watching with family and friends!

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  1. Moonlight

A popular film likely to sweep away the Oscars and Golden Globes this year, Moonlight is centered around a young man struggling to find himself in this coming of age story. We don’t want to give too much of it away because it really is a movie with a touching message. This story deserves all the recognition from critics. Moonlight will be winning more than just a few Oscars this year! You can’t miss it!

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  1. Loving

Do you ever wonder what it would’ve been like for two people in love to face discrimination in the racially segregated south for being married? Here we have a story about an interracial couple, the Loving’s, who try their best to raise a family in the state of Virginia. Unfortunately, both are imprisoned for going against anti-miscegenation laws. The challenges they face with strength in the times of adversity will leave you speechless.

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  1. Swiss Army Man

A guy on a deserted island befriends a farting corpse who helps him on his quest back home. If you think this sounds strange, that’s because the entire movie is really that bizarre! However, many critics shared their positive reviews by praising the actors’ performances, and the films imaginative screenplay. Others have even described it as whimsical, and emotionally engaging. So, if you’re curious enough to see Paul Dano ride on Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulating corpse, be our guest.

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  1. The Jungle Book

Disney’s live action movies are a treat for those who’ve grown up watching the classic animated films. Keeping the synopsis short, Mowgli is a young human boy adopted by a pack of wolves who tries his best to fit in. The movie is filled with impressive storytelling. Remarkable CGI is used to recreate the community of animals Mowgli is surrounded by. The effects are visually engaging, and critics have called it the best family film thus far.

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  1. Finding Dory

With a film like Finding Dory, you will find yourself diving back into the underwater world you once fell in love with in Finding Nemo. They say the original is the best, but the sequel is as beautifully immersive as its predecessor. You get to learn more about Dory’s story while she’s goes on a journey to find her parents. This movie will tug at your heartstrings, so bring a box of tissues. Also, baby Dory is beyond adorable!

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  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Harry Potter film series may have ended but the story lives on in this prequel tale. Taking place in 1920’s New York City, Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives to continue his research and rescue of magical creatures. Director David Yates brings us into an exciting new world from the past – decades before Harry Potter. The movie has stunning special effects and is guaranteed to satisfy Harry Potter fans eager for more of JK Rowling’s wizarding world.

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  1. Captain America: Civil War

We couldn’t end this list without including a Marvel movie of course. As an incident causing damage within the community occurs, a system of accountability is demanded to oversee the avengers. Political pressures affect the team with Tony Stark supporting government accountability and Steve Rogers against government interference. This is more than just entertaining – it questions friendships when conflict arises. In 2 hours and 27 minutes, you will find yourself at the edge of your seat!

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Nicole Marie
Nicole Marie

Nicole Marie is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts. She enjoys celebrating her Latin roots and is happy to show the world how proud she is of her cultural background. Some of Nicole's favorite hobbies include singing, playing the guitar, and binge watching her favorite TV shows on Netflix (preferably Parks and Recreation). She now assists the MY Lifestyle Magazine team as a social media intern and hopes to gain valuable experience from this amazing opportunity.

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