Will superheroes or everyday people win out?
Released: April 29, 2016
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johnasson
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
What we said: "Captain America: Civil War is probably a bit too long, but it has enough tense head-to-heads and eye-popping fight scenes to override the odd drop in momentum."
What we said: "Deadpool is a stylishly salty antidote to bloated recent superhero movies like last year’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron."
Released: May 13, 2016
Cast: Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell
Director: Richard Linklater
What we said: "The film is a beginning-to-end delight and more sophisticated than it appears. It passes in such a breeze of pranks, flirting and shagging it feels like a comedy – yet by the time the credits roll, you’ve witnessed eight dramatic life stories. At the end of this one weekend, those lives are starting again."
Released: September 16, 2016
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Director: Taka Waititi
What we said: "Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a strange film. It doesn’t really fit comfortably into any particular genre but straddles fantasy and reality, comedy and tragedy, sense and nonsense. Just do yourself a favour and see it."
Released: October 10, 2016
Cast: Louis Theroux
Director: John Dower
What we said: "My Scientology Movie isn’t the first film to be made about the shadowy celebrity and money fixated religion founded by sci-fi writer L Ron Hubbard, and it certainly won’t be the last. However, it does stand a chance of being the most surreal."
Released: August 5, 2016
Cast: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto
Director: David Ayer
What we said: "Suicide Squad pretends to be nothing more than a fun, fast, daft, superhero movie, and it absolutely delivers. It’s much like those old comic pages then – great to look at, but if you get a bit too close you can see the gaps between the dots."