Whether you venture out to the theater or kick back on the couch, there's nothing like a good movie to kill a few hours and hopefully give you some food for thought. Of course, not just any movie is a guaranteed good time; 2016 had its share of duds as well as hits. Read on to find out which of this year's movies warrant a watch — or a repeat viewing.
Imagine Arthur Miller’s play "The Crucible" as a horror movie, and you'll picture something like The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers. A family in 17th-century New England moves to a remote farm, only to find itself under threat from a witch in the nearby woods. The family's daughter, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) learns more about the threat as the witch targets Thomasin's siblings and parents, one by one.
Where to Watch: Amazon
When Ethan and Joel Coen direct a comedy, you just know you're in for something quirky, with fantastic dialogue and a ton of surprising reversals. That's exactly what Hail, Caesar! is. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a "fixer" who keeps production on-schedule for a midcentury Hollywood studio. When actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets kidnapped by communists, Mannix is on the case.
Deadpool, an R-rated superhero comedy from Tim Miller, is odd in that you have to be 17 to see it, but about 12 to really appreciate its crude jokes. Still, with an over-the-top mix of sex, violence and absurdity, there's no denying that Deadpool is tremendously entertaining. Ryan Reynolds plays the titular character: a mouthy mercenary with healing powers, out for revenge.
Where to Watch: HBO Now
Zootopia, directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, is part buddy-cop story, part animated animal comedy and part social commentary. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit cop in a city where all animal species live in peace. There, she must team up with conniving fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and solve a mystery that goes all the way to the top of the food chain.
Where to Watch: Netflix
A follow-up to 2008's Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane (directed by Dan Trachtenberg) focuses on Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a survivor of an alien invasion. Michelle's life is turned upside down after the otherworldly attack forces her underground with two other survivors: Howard Stambler (John Goodman) and Emmett DeWitt (John Gallagher, Jr.). Howard may not be as altruistic as he appears, though, leaving Michelle caught between human and alien foes.
Where to Watch: Epix
Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War adapts one of the most popular Marvel comic book story lines of the last decade. After the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron, lawmakers propose a registration act to keep superheroes in line. Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) come to blows over the morality of the act, and involve a dozen Avengers in the ensuing battle.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are best known for their TV comedy antics, but they can make a pretty funny movie, too. In Peter Atencio's Keanu, Oil and Smoke Dresden (Key and Peele, respectively) are hit men who come into possession of an affable cat named Keanu. Hijinks ensue as the three get wrapped up in a convoluted crime ring, full of drugs and gunfights.
Where to Watch: HBO Now