Saving Private Ryan 7/21/16
There is a scene in which we see two American soldiers have an enemy soldier who has put down his arms in surrender only to be shot down by the soldiers, and then along the same line, later in the film when the Americans do spare the life of an enemy soldier he ultimately ends up fighting against them later in the film.
The Lion King 7/20/16
After arranging the death of the king in one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in movie history, especially for a kids film, Scar scorns Simba and tells Simba the only way for him to repent for his father's death (designed to look like an accident or even Simba's fault) is for him to leave the pride and never return.
New animating technologies were applied for lighting in this film (consulted with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins) that helped really make this film feel so organic and so gorgeous.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 7/20/16
I know a lot of people found this film to be derivative, too similar to episode 4, or whatever there gripes are and I get that, it's not a perfect film, it certainly wasn't the best film made last year, but it was my favorite for personal reasons.
The Martian 7/20/16
This is the film I felt deserved the Oscar for best picture this year (followed narrowly by Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex Machina, and The Revenant, in that order), I believe this is one of the best science fiction films to come out in a very long time.
The Incredibles 7/20/16
While this film may not be Pixar's most original or innovative film (treading on the familiar ground of superheroism and using many of those tropes, albeit using them very well), it is still a fantastic (or perhaps one would say, incredible) film and one of their best.
Spirited Away 7/19/16
The visuals of the film are forever imprinted in my head, and on the note of the visuals the animation in this film is magnificent.
This is also in my opinion the best looking of all the pixar films, the animation in this film just has a beautiful quality to it unlike any of the other films (not to say that the other pixar films are in any way poorly animated, there's just something special about this particular one).
The Social Network 7/18/16
Overall, a fantastic film that was well directed, well written, well acted and well scored, and was a film that drew me in and got me hooked on the story thanks to a fantastic script.
Captain America: Civil War 7/18/16
The action in this film is the best action in any of the Marvel films to date, and it's also probably the darkest and most emotionally compelling of the films, as you could argue that they're really isn't a happy ending.