The Best and Perfect Movies of 2016 (RANKED)

1: Joy

Director: David O Russell
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm, Édgar Ramírez, Dascha Polanko
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 124 mins

We said: This half-fictionalized biopic of “mop tycoon” Joy Mangano, featuring Jennifer Lawrence in the title part, is “a wired, perplexing, neglectfully splendid tall tale of self-strengthening, fuelled by the redemptive enchantment of the motion pictures”

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2. Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld

Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara
Certificate: 18
Running time: 125 mins

We said: Cult Japanese chief Takashi Miike’s heavenly wrongdoing motion picture, in which witch specialists and evil presences tackle a vampire horde supervisor, “is a tooth-spoiling, mind-scrambling aspartame surge of babble,” at the same time, includes Robbie Collin, “its brightness originates from the executive’s level refusal to recognize the superb and the strange. The hand to hand fighting fights are played for snickers, yet the battle is shot from an over-the-shoulder point that shows the on-screen characters’ whip-split physicality further bolstering its fullest good fortune.


Source “Yakuza Apocalypse’


3. The Hateful Eight

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins
Certificate: 18
Running time: 187 mins

We said: “Twenty-three years after Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has conveyed his most cozy film since that propitious presentation. The Hateful Eight is a parlor-room epic, a whole country in a solitary room, a film saturated with its own dimness however in the meantime imperative, arresting and genuine. No one but Tarantino can do this, and he’s done it once more.”


Source: The Weinstein Company/Andrew Cooper


4. The Assassin

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 120 mins

We said: This period hand to hand fighting motion picture from Taiwanese chief Hou Hsiao-Hsien, in which a seventh-century female professional killer looks to cut down a degenerate medieval master, is “an impeccable fortune box of light, composition and development,” says Robbie Collin, “a standout amongst the most simply excellent movies I have ever seen”.


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