As the year draws to a close, our staff start to countdown their top 10 best and worst movies of the year, which will culminate in the official Jump Scare best of year list by the end of December. This week is the turn of Jump Scare owner, Jay Hunter as he lists his best movies of 2016.

10. I, Daniel Blake

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I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach’s powerfully human arsenal. The harrowing food-bank scene is undoubtedly this years most gut-punching sequence committed to celluloid.

9. Room

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Led by insupposable performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably touching – and Oscar winning – experience.

8. Son of Saul

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A devastating watch, Son of Saul makes for scaring viewing – and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch. At it’s heart, a father and son story told through the horrors of the holocaust. A tale of keeping your identity through the most atrocious acts ever committed by mankind.

7. The Revenant

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As starkly exquisite as it is gratingly resolute, The Revenant delivered an Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio in his most complete, committed performance. A punishing and feral motion-picture. Shot with natural light, one of the most beautiful movies ever committed to cinema.

6. Under the Shadow

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Boasting thought-provoking social commentary, the Persian ghost story from Babak Anvari brilliantly parallels the horrors of war with paranormal motifs. Often filmed with a dreamlike quality, Under the Shadow plays with elements not dissimilar to Pan’s Labyrinth with it’s terrifying fairytale-esque storytelling.

5. Arrival

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A potential dark horse for 2017’s Academy Awards.  Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi that anchors its weighty themes in today’s world with authentically poignant emotion and a sensational performance from Amy Adams.

4. Nocturnal Animals

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Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further cements writer-director Tom Ford’s unique visual and narrative skill. A layered, yet cold movie provides a deluge of thought provoking scenes, surely a movie to be analysed for years to come.

3. The Wailing

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As wide in scope as it is operatic, South Korea’s The Wailing, drips with atomsphere. Clocking in at an intimidating 2 hours 30 minutes, it’s mammoth runtime is justified by it’s multi-faceted mystery. The movies combo of historic and modern horror is complemented by it’s intriguing look at complex indigenous religious history, Japenese interference and Western influence. A breathtaking final act paints the final touches to a wonderful work of art.

2. The Witch

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Debuting writer-director, Robert Eggers proves his Nosferatu remake is in safe hands with his terrifying period piece. An ominous atmosphere acts as the catalyst for a visually compelling and downplayed story of nature, puberty and religion. Embellished by it’s engrossing performances.

1. Train to Busan

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Breathing fresh life into the zombie genre, without compromising it’s socio-economic subtext, Busan is a thrilling none stop ride that goes from 0-100, never coming up for air. Wonderfully acted, touchingly portrayed and masterfully crafted action made Train to Busan – for my money – the best movie of 2016.

 

What are your favourite movies of 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

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