Summer movies tend to be more highly anticipated compared to other seasons. After all, this is the time when life gets less hectic and the young—and young at heart—look forward to catching a good movie. Audiences have been treated to a variety of films this 2016, but not everything met their expectations. For instance, DC failed to deliver with their summer movie entries like Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad. On a more positive note, other production studios had garnered more luck in the box office and received praises from critics.
You can find all of ExploreTalent’s top summer movie picks for the year 2016 below.
Best-Reviewed Summer Movies for 2016
1. Best Superhero Film of the Sum mer: Captain America: Civil War
As mentioned above, the DC Universe’s entries for summer movies this year did not sit well with critics. On the other hand, DC’s number one rival, Marvel Studios, had more luck.
The Russo Brothers‘ superhero versus superhero extravaganza Captain America: Civil War is currently the highest-grossing film of 2016. Critics praised the film for its more mature theme and unique take on the superhero genre.
2. Best Indie Comedy: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Taika Waititi may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the upcoming release Thor: Ragnarok, but the Kiwi-born director really won the hearts of mainstream audiences with his quirky indie hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The plot follows a city boy, played by promising new actor Julian Dennison, who is sent to live with his cantankerous uncle in the New Zealand countryside.
3. Best Animated Film: Finding Dory
A slew of animated summer movies were released this year, but none could top the sequel to the 2003 classic Finding Nemo. This time, the story centers around Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), the forgetful blue tang fish that won the hearts of audiences more than ten years ago. Finding Dory rose to not only become a hit among families, but it was also released to worldwide acclaim.
4. Best Asian Movie: Train to Busan
This zombie-themed movie may have been criticized for its similarity to Brad Pitt’s World War Z, but Train to Busan is definitely a thrill ride that you would not want to miss. It is packed with nonstop action, terrifying zombies, and an awesome cast.
5. Best Horror Film: Don’t Breathe
Horror was a common theme for many summer movies released this year, but the one that really caught the audiences’ attention ironically didn’t feature anything paranormal.
Director Fede Alvarez, the same man behind the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, delivered the most terrifying home invasion movie of the decade. Don’t Breathe is filled with thrills, chills, and shocking scenes that constantly leave viewers at the edge of their seat.
6. Best Comedy/Thriller: The Nice Guys
Among all the summer movies found on this list, The Nice Guys is the only one that ended up being a box-office failure. Nonetheless, it still delivered the right amount of thrills and laughter. Much of the movie’s critical success is due to Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe‘s onscreen chemistry, and the overall neo-noir vibe of the film makes it one of the most unique entries this summer.