And we’re onto movies, this time! I’ve picked out the ten movies released pre-2016 that I really enjoyed this year. It’s not all movies I saw for the first time, seeing as I did a lot of rewatching, but still, they’re all great movies! Once again, in alphabetical order!

Alice in Wonderland
Directed by: Tim Burton
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Released on: 5 March 2010
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

The Force Awakens (review)
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Released on: 16 December 2015
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

How To Train Your Dragon
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera
Released on: 31 March 2010
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

The Impossible
Directed by: 
J.A. Bayona
Cast:  Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Released on: 17 January 2013
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Incredibles
Directed by:
Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Released on: 24 November 2004
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Inside Out
Directed by:
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Released on: 15 July 2015
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Now You See Me
Directed by: 
Louis Leterrier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
Released on: 27 June 2013
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Tomorrow When the War Began
Directed by:
Stuart Beattie
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis
Released on: 2 September 2010
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight.

V for Vendetta
Directed by:
James McTeigue
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
Released on: 30 March 2006
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of “V”, plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
Released on: 2 October 2009
Links: Amazon | | IMDB | Trailer

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

And that concludes the first post about movies in this BOTY series! Which pre-2016 movies did you enjoy most this year?

Tomorrow: Best 2016 Movies I’ve Seen