The 25 Best Movie Posters of 2016

Jackie Poster

13. Jackie

Here’s another prime example of simplicity doing the trick. This time it’s the color red that does all the heavy lifting by taking over the whole poster around Natalie Portman’s timid face. A nice addition is the signature of Jackie wrapping around her figure, just like the grief and pressure that surrounds her following the death of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

Green Room Poster

12. Green Room

Considering the fact that the movie takes place in a rock club, it seems appropriate that it emulates the London Calling album cover from The Clash. Of course, this one substitutes a machete for a guitar. Another nice touch is how the quotes of critical acclaim fade away as they get further back down the hall.

La La Land Poster

11. La La Land

With La La Land honoring classic musicals from decades past, it only makes sense for the poster to do the same. This one also has some style inspired by Saul Bass with the uneven piano keys and the neat typeface to go along with them. The use of the Griffith Observatory on one of the keys and the fading image of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling says things about the movie that you’ll only understand after you see it.

Suicide Squad Poster

10. Suicide Squad

Easily the best of the bright, loud posters used to promote the movie, this one works better than those with the cast members’ faces. I much prefer the marshmallow heads that represent each character, as well as their signature weapons of choice, sitting in a bowl of cereal with the title in it.

10 Cloverfield Lane Poster

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane

Most movie posters have a title that’s not necessarily lined up with the rest of the design of the poster. It fits in with the style, but it stands on its own. This one appears to be just a way to make the name of the movie the most prominent part of the poster, but the use of the long line on the “L” in “Lane” actually signifies that the story will be taking place underground in a bunker, and I like that.

Kubo and the Two Strings Poster

8. Kubo and the Two Strings

Inspired by the culture it emulates, this poster takes cues from Japanese art for its presentation of the three characters who share a much closer bond than we realize at first. The warm reds and oranges make the foreground pop right out of the lighter, creamy background in a way that’s not jarring.

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