January 2017 Films Ranked

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14. XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage

Stupid film, with stupid acting and a stupid script

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13. Assassin’s Creed

It is an over indulged mess and no amount of special effects and fight sequences can hide the fact that Hollywood still hasn’t learned from its mistakes

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12. Live By Night

It is not entirely flawed but it is mostly

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11. Denial

The subject matter lends itself to a great film, but it needed to be approached differently

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10. Sing

A film of singing and partying animated characters was not needed. Not now, not ever

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9. Split

Split does just enough to cover up some more of its major flaws without being defined by them

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8. Silence

The sense of the unknown that Scorsese creates, especially in the opening sequences, is not only majestic but it’s authoritative

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7. La La Land

Part genius, part novice, La La Land manages to create a musical of modern day joy, without really being a musical at all

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6. Lion

Lion has a deep, important message, and one that needed to be told to a global audience

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5. Jackie

Natalie Portman has the film absolutely under her spell. Her performance is simply magnetic

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4. Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw ridge is an emotional flood, Andrew Garfield is simply heroic, and Mel Gibson has created a brutal realisation of the true horrors of war

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3. A Monster Calls

It is a fantastic piece of cinema that will not just stand as being deeply moving, but one that teaches and explores ideas humans will always find difficult to cope with

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2. T2 Trainspotting

They are brought forward, their lives are brought forward and it genuinely feels like 20 years have passed

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1. Manchester By The Sea

Affleck’s performance is almost like pandora’s box. Bleak and motionless on the outside, yet we know inside there is so much more

Films not reviewed: Underworld: Blood Wars, The Bye Bye Man, Christine