Regardless of your political persuasion, 2016 was a year of tumult and uncertainty. At least the movies gave us an occasional break from the headlines. Feel-good animated films triumphed at the box office this year, with Finding Dory at No. 1, while superheroes found a darker groove (the hard-R comedy Deadpool, the villain-driven Suicide Squad) and familiar franchises — Harry Potter, Star Wars — put down new roots. Before we toast the arrival of 2017, here’s a list of the biggest box-office winners and losers of 2016.
John C. Reilly is one of the few actors around equally comfortable in a prestige drama from Terrence Malick or Martin Scorsese as in a wackadoo comedy opposite Will Ferrell. Reilly is right at home, then, in The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’s acclaimed, dark yet hilarious new film that takes place in a draconian future where people who can’t find mates are turned into animals. Oh, yeah, and Reilly can sing his butt off, too.
New trailer for off-kilter Sundance film about a world where singles have 45 days to find a mate or become an animal of their own choosing, now set for release to U.S. theaters in May