At the theaters, 2016 may have been a commercial disappointment, but there were no shortage of great movies released this year. Here, we’ll give you our take on the 5 best movies of 2016. Some you may have seen or heard of, and others you may have not. Our top choice was a controversial one.

 

5 – Don’t Breathe

This movie was labeled as thdontbreathee scariest movie in the last 20 years, and it just might be close. It fared very well during a summer that saw blockbuster releases like Suicide Squad, that didn’t make this list. Pulling in $153 million in gross revenue in 2016, the fans who spent their money weren’t disappointed. We can’t wait for the sequel. Yes, there will be another…

 

 

 

4 – The Fits

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The directorial debut of Anna Rose Holmer did not go unnoticed in 2016, as The Fits pulled in noteriety at numerous film festivals in 2016, netting Holmer 13 nominations and 7 awards, most notably “The Best Director Award” from The WIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards. Since the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the story of an 11-year old tomboy who struggles to fit in, has drawn much attention for the small scale project. Being that this is only the first feature for Holmer, we’re looking forward to what the future holds.

 

 

3 – Moonlight

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The movie, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, has been named one of the Top Ten Films of 2016 by the American Film Association. Although it wasn’t a huge financial success, only grossing just over $12 million in revenue, it did secure Golden Globe nominations for for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. This is certainly one of the year’s must watch movies.

 

 

2 – Fences

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This amazing adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning stage play from August Wilson is quite possibly one of Denzel Washington’s best performancesl, serving as actor and director for the December 25th, 2016 release that has already drawn Golden Globe nominations for Washington as Best Actor, and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress.

 

 

 

1 – The Birth of a Nation

Our number one film of 2016 was overshadowed by unnecessary controversy, and seemingly unsavory tactics to stop viewers from seeing the film. Nate Parker, who co-wrote, co-produced, and directed the film, was the target of untimely criticism surrounding an incident that took place over 15 years ago, and from which he was ultimately exonerated of wrongdoing. The film won two Sundance Film Festival awards, and despite it’s “controversial” message based on the story of Nat Turner, who led the slave rebellion of 1831 in Southampton County in Virgina, the movie left many seats empty in theaters, only grossing $16 million at the box office. There were reports of theaters telling patrons that the movie was sold out, only for patrons to discover empty theaters. Controversy aside, the message of the film could not be denied, making this our top movie of 2016

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