The best films of 2016 so far

THE winter months are creeping up quickly; the dark, cold and rainy nights are upon us. A lot quicker than expected for most of us.

However, it’s not all bad news.  Apart from the obvious celebrations taking place over Winter – Santa’s arrival etc- you are now allowed to be tucked up in bed by 7pm. So what better way to spend your time than recapping some of the box-office favourites of 2016.

In no particular order, here are Tside’s best films of the year to date. Anyone for popcorn?


Released in February the Marvel addition added an extra layer of comedy upon the expected. Ryan Renolds played the main lead in the ‘superhero-hating’ film.

If Sarcasm is your preferred humour then this one hour and 45-minute length movie will suit you perfectly.

Don’t be put off by the ‘geeky’ superhero cliche, this film doesn’t fit into any stereotype.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Renée Zellweger returned to our screens in September this year, taking many of us back to our teenage years. The hilarious comedy that runs through all Bridget Jones films certainly wasn’t missed in what is expected to be the last of the set.

You will finally get to see if Bridget bags a guy, emphasis on FINALLY.

This ‘Laugh out loud’ film is the perfect way to spend a girly evening, with a side of pizza and chocolate of course.

Central Intelligence

The popular school kid sticks up for the bullied boy, is that it? Not quite.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart combine to make this an outstanding, hilarious and action-packed two hours for viewers.

If the world is in danger due to the manipulation of the American Spy satellite system, who better to save the day than The Rock and who better to make you laugh along the way than Kevin Hart.

Ben Hur

Your parents probably went to see this but it is seriously one to consider.

Hitting the big screen in August this year, the retake on the classic story places great emphasis on the power of graphics.

The classic film is brought to life by the imagery of chariot races, war, and the Roman empire.

Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) fights for survival as he endures years of slavery, to later overcome the tragic events in a showstopping finale.


Originating from The Divergent series, Allegiant was released in March, following on with the fight to see over the wall.

Remember to watch the previous films (Divergent and Insurgent) before settling down with a large bag of popcorn for this one, or things may get a little confusing.

The Science fiction film series show Tris (Shailene Woodley) in her fight to save humanity.

The witch

Treat yourself to a thrilling horror film over Halloween. The Witch arrived in cinemas in March and ensured all would have a frightening 92 minutes.

An original take on the much-covered areas of witchcraft and magic. This tale goes back in time to look into one family’s misfortunate events.

A remote area in New England surrounded by an evil spirit that affects children and animals around.


The perfect animation film to watch after the above, just to calm the nerves before bedtime.

This two-hour long motion picture is the light hearted fun everyone needs, children involved or not.

The police force is a hard employment role for anyone, so what chance has a Rabbit got in it? Well, a pretty good one in Zootopia.

Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin voice Willy Fox and Judy Hopps in this award winning Disney animation.

Hail, Ceaser!

Ladies, this one is for you.

George Clooney and Channing Tatum in one film. With a little bit of added dancing.

Although this isn’t a remake of Magic Mike; Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Josh Brolin also play a part in the set. Taking a trip back to the best years of Hollywood the stars wonder if it is all it is made out to be.

Finding Dory

Remember the stress-free years you were going through when Disney-Pixar released Finding Nemo?

Reminisce with the follow-up of the childhood classic, paired with a Freddo chocolate bar you might actually feel a young child again.

The moral of this animation is rather empowering. The journey to finding your place in the world consists of many ups and downs but Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) just keeps swimming.

Bad Moms

Mila Kunis stars in another great comedy of the year. Amy (Mila) seems to have a perfect life, but the exhausted mother of two doesn’t have everything under control.

The successful career woman stops worrying about all expectations of motherhood and breaks every rule in the book on a quest to find a happy balance.

A great one for all over the holidays.


from Tside