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Tops and flops of 2016
The Jungle Book made Hall's list of 10 best movies of 2016.

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood recreate the Miracle on the Hudson. Ellen DeGeneres returns as everyone’s favorite forgetful fish. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play good cop, bad cop. Melissa McCarthy gets fired. Matthew McConaughey plods through a dreary Civil War drama. A franchise with a recent performance so lackluster the final chapter is being made for TV.

What do these six films have in common? Well, for me, they were either very good or very, very bad.
2016 was a polarizing year for audiences who had luxury of either choosing great, memorable entertainment or something abysmal and atrocious that lingers in the back of their minds like a stinky piece of cheese. As a film critic, I saw 63 films, shattering my old record of 52 the year before. I had to endure the best and worst of what Hollywood had to offer.

Like I do every year, I have also included my picks for runners-up.
Without further ado, let the countdowns begin!

10 best of 2016:
1. “Deadpool”
2. “Doctor Strange”
3. “Captain America: Civil War”
4. “Hacksaw Ridge”
5. “Finding Dory”
6. “Sully”
7. “The Jungle Book”
8. “Moana”
9. “10 Cloverfield Lane”
10. “The Nice Guys”
Runner-up: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

10 worst of 2016:
1. “Dirty Grandpa”
2. “Mother’s Day”
3. “The Boss”
4. “Inferno”
5. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
6. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”
7. “Free State of Jones”
8. “The Girl on the Train”
9. “Incarnate”
10. “God’s Not Dead 2”
Runner-up: “Blair Witch”

And there you have it. 20 films that were in need of sweet rejoicing or some sweet revenge. With the exceptions of “Doctor Strange” and “Moana,” all of my 10 best films are now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. “Hacksaw Ridge” will be released Feb. 21.
With 2016 officially in the books, it’s time to look ahead to 2017. Here are 17 of my most anticipated films coming out this year:

“The Founder” (Jan. 20)
“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Feb. 10)
“John Wick: Chapter 2” (Feb. 10)
“Logan” (March 3)
“Kong: Skull Island” (March 10)
“Beauty and the Beast” (March 17)
“The Fate of the Furious” (April 14)
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” (May 5)
“Alien Covenant” (May 19)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (May 26)
“Wonder Woman” (June 2)
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7)
“Dunkirk” (July 21)
“Blade Runner 2049” (Oct. 6)
“Thor: Ragnarok” (Nov. 3)
“Justice League” (Nov. 17)
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” (Dec. 15)

I’ll be at the movies as often as possible in the forthcoming year to let you know what to see and what to skip. Here’s hoping 2017 is a lot more satisfying than last year. Only time will tell.
Until next time, this is Justin Hall wishing all of you a very safe and happy New Year and, as always, I hope to see you at the movies!

Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.

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