Eppler: The worst movies of 2016

Eppler: The worst movies of 2016

When choosing the worst movies of the year, I never go for the obvious picks. Let's face it - "Dirty Grandpa" and "Boo! A Madea Halloween" were never going to be good. I focus on the movies that had a legitimate shot at excellence, and failed miserably.

Bad: "Inferno"
At least it has the benefit of Tom Hanks putting his full weight behind a story where his supposed brilliant character constantly has to say and do dumb things. The movie plays like a scholarly version of "The Hangover," and it sure gave me a headache.

Very Bad: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
A pulverizing pounding that threw everything at the screen including the kitchen sink - I mean literally. There's a good movie in here somewhere, but the studio is far more concerned setting up future movies and spinoffs.

Worse: "Jason Bourne"
It's time for moviegoers to do what countless CIA thugs have tried and failed: it's time to kill Jason Bourne. After nine years away from the series, Matt Damon returns to show he's pretty bored with it all - most of his performance relegated to grunts and long stares that's supposed to read as tortured and complicated, but comes off more like constipated.

Worser: "X-Men: Apocalypse"
While we're killing franchises, let's execute the "X-Men" because "Apocalypse" is a low point for this series. In an effort to keep this series going, all the main characters have been recast with millennials with James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence looking trapped and the rest of these kids looking dead behind their eyes. And poor Oskar Isaac as the villain Apocalypse looks like a Smurf's nightmare.

Worst: "Independence Day: Resurgence"
Twenty years after "Independence Day," which is a stone cold classic, we're given a nonsense sequel so bad it you might wonder what we did to deserve it. If there really are aliens and they see this, i wouldn't blame them for coming to wipe us out.

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