The 10 worst movies of 2016 so far

 

This list reflects the worst movies of 2016 thus far.       

      

1.     “Paradox” -- Here’s a no-budget science-fiction flick that tries to be inventive by having a killer run around in a hazmat mask and inflict grievous bodily harm to his victims.  It contains decent performances but the storyline is contrived from the get-go.  Grade:  D-
 

2.     “Knight of Cups” -- I actually revisited director Terrence Malick’s film to watch the whole thing and was reminded why I walked out on this plodding entry that focuses on a Hollywood screenwriter portrayed by Christian Bale and his love life with two women,  Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman.  It stars Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”).  Grade:  D+
 

3.     The Do-Over” – Yet another Adam Sandler flick that makes an appearance on my worst-of-the year list.  He teams up with buddy David Spade.  Together, they conspire to fake a death.   Grade: C-
 

4.    “Norm of the North” -- This is uninvolving tale follows corporate bigwigs who want to turn Antarctica into a bustling tourist destination.  At the center is a singing and dancing polar bear named Norm voiced by Sandler’s old pal Rob Schneider.  Grade:  C-
 

5.    “The Neon Demon” -- This is a superficial tale about the competitive world of modeling.  Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”) is very interesting, but suffers due to a less than cohesive conclusion.  From “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn.   Grade: C-
 

6.    “The Ridiculous 6” –A forgettable Sandler-led Western parody in which his character searches for his father (Nick Nolte) while reconnecting with his siblings as well.  The cast includes Sandler regulars Rob Schneider (again!), Luke Wilson, Terry Crews and  Jon Lovitz.  Grade:  C-
 

7.    “Sausage Party” – This warped and disgusting animated tale from Seth Rogen and friends follows grocery store objects and the lives they lead when they come to learn about the horrors of the outside world in which they are eaten alive.   Grade: C-
 

8.    “Café Society” – Here’s another miss for writer-director Woody Allen.  This time he peers into the lives of New York City transplants, including one played by Jesse Eisenberg.  The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Steve Carell.  The setting and backdrop is 1930s Hollywood.  Grade: C-
 

9.    (Tie) “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Ice Age:  Collision Course” – These are two unfunny entries that try to appeal to kids and completely miss the mark.  The first is based on the video game of the same name, while the latter is the fifth entry in the series. Even the appearance by Scrat doesn’t help.  Grade: C-
 

10.  “Zoolander 2” – Ben Stiller reprises his role as Derek Zoolander, a male model with zero brains.  With Penélope Cruz, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell.  Grade: C-

 

Also on my worst list are the Robert De Niro-led “Dirty Grandpa,” the one-and-done attempt at a trilogy “The 5th Wave,” Alex Proyas’s spectacle “Gods of Egypt,” “Dead Rising:  Endgame” and the documentary from Dinesh D’Souza titled “Hillary’s America:  The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”