So much for 2016 being a watershed, brilliant year for cinema, with the idea of the early year dumping ground shattered by strong releases and a general blurring of release dates into one super blockbuster window. Aside from some stunning successes (Deadpool, Zootopia, Civil War...) it hasn't been great.
Once more, Johnny Depp has proven that he's nowhere near the talent he used to be, video game movies have proven they ALWAYS suck and at least 3 entirely unnecessary sequels utterly bombed. It's enough to make you despair at the characters who pretend to have cinema-goers' best interests at heart rather than being lead entirely by the call of the almighty dollar.
It hasn't been the worst year for film, by any means, but it's hard to remember as many disappointments and so much mediocrity from a slate that initially looked so promising. It's getting better, but the second half of 2016 has a lot to do to live up to its billing.
Luckily, the benchmark of quality in 2016 is mostly pretty low, thanks to abominations like these...