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“Deadpool″ and “Everybody Wants Some”: The Best of the First Quarter of 2016

Much like I said around this time last year…time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2016 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate for the year. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer releases and counter programming independent fare ramps up, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2016 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. Here goes nothing!

Before I get to the lists, which will include my top performances of the first quarter and personal awards as well, let me just say that it’s been a pretty decent start to 2016. I’ve seen a ton of films, with only a few being actively terrible. Considering how this part of the year includes movies from January, February, and March, that’s really saying something. In that regard, the first quarter of 2016 has been a real success. Included are two near perfect flicks too, so that’s another feather in its cap, to say the least. Next up you’ll see who and what I’ve chosen, but just know that I didn’t have to pick through the garbage for these, or anything of the sort…

Everybody Wants Some
Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the first quarter of 2016. Here you go, and enjoy:

10. A War
9. Tumbledown
8. The Witch
7. Midnight Special
6. Eye in the Sky
5. Everything is Copy
4. 10 Cloverfield Lane
3. Where to Invade Next
2. Deadpool
1. Everybody Wants Some

Honorable Mention: Anesthesia, Get a Job, and The Wave

Special Examptions: Demolition and Green Room (seen earlier this year but not out until later on in April)

Here also are my top ten performances of the year so far:

10. Joel Edgerton in Midnight Special
9. Morena Baccarin in Deadpool
8. Blake Jenner in Everybody Wants Some
7. Helen Mirren in Eye in the Sky
6. Zoey Deutsch in Everybody Wants Some
5. John Goodman in 10 Cloverfield Lane
4. Jason Sudeikis in Tumbledown
3. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Everybody Wants Some
2. Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool
1. Glen Powell in Everybody Wants Some

Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hall in Tumbledown, Anna Kendrick in Get a Job, Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky, Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch, and Miles Teller in Get a Job

Zoey deutch everybody wants some
Obviously, my number one pick above would be my choice for Best Picture so far (with number two the runner up, and so on, but here are the other awards I would give out…

Best Director: Richard Linklater for Everybody Wants Some (runner up: Tim Miller for Deadpool and Dan Trachtenberg for 10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Actor: Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool (runner up: Jason Sudeikis for Tumbledown and Blake Jenner for Everybody Wants Some)

Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth Winstead for 10 Cloverfield Lane (runner up: Helen Mirren for Eye in the Sky and Anya Taylor-Joy for The Witch)

Best Supporting Actor: Glen Powell for Everybody Wants Some (runner up: John Goodman for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Joel Edgerton for Midnight Special)

Best Supporting Actress: Zoey Deutsch for Everybody Wants Some (runner up: Morena Baccarin for Deadpool and Anna Kendrick for Get a Job)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Deadpool (runner up: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)

Best Original Screenplay: Everybody Wants Some (runner up: Eye in the Sky and Tumbledown)

Best Ensemble: Everybody Wants Some (runner up: 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special)

There you go ladies and gentlemen…now to eagerly await the next quarter of cinematic releases!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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