5. The Jungle Book
One of two reboots of the classic children’s animation The Jungle Book, this version featuring a large and diverse voice cast of Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, and Bill Murray among others. Although it was never going to match up to the original this is still a very good take on it with some well used CGI and some alternative takes on the familiar soundtrack (check out Christopher Walkin’s take on King Louis for example).
4. Rogue One
The Star Wars movie series needs little introduction, especially with its recent revival with Disney. Rogue One is a side story telling you how the rebels came to obtain the Deathstar blueprints and how this leads into Episode IV. The first half is quite slow, full of lore and backstory which diehard fans may love but more casual fans may feel left out, however, the action picks up significantly in the second half for yet another reliably good movie in the series.
Arrival has been touted as a “thinking man’s” alien movie, choosing a slower more methodical approach to learning about the extra-terrestrial race rather than the apocalyptic action movies we’re used to. Amy Adams delivers a very convincing performance as a linguistics expert who attempts to learn how the aliens communicate and in turn learn how humans can also speak to them.
2. Kubo and the Two Strings
I’m a bit of a sucker for animated movies at times as they can provide you with the humour and uniqueness missing in a lot of traditional movies. Kubo boasts a gorgeous art style inspired by the origami characters used in the story, this helps gives it its own identity and work together with the theme of the story. It’s made such an impression in the industry that it’s been included in the Oscars nominations for Best Animated Movie.
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Coming in on our top spot is the second movie in what’s now considered the Cloverfield universe. Even ignoring that fact, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a tense thriller set with just three main characters locked in an underground bomb shelter from an unknown threat. John Goodman is exceptionally cast as conspiracy theorist Howard who leaves you guessing the whole runtime what he really knows and what his true intentions are.