Warning: Spoilers for Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and La La Land are in play.

One of the greatest truths to life is that everything has to end. Just ask any writer, pop act or politician. Movies are a medium that deal with endings in perhaps one of the best ways. An ending, if done right or wrong, can make people talk about just exactly what happened for long after the film has ended. In fact, five films managed to get us talking about their endings quite a bit this year, and we're still talking about them to this day. With that in mind, we'd like to present to you the five endings that we've been replaying in our minds throughout 2016.


After learning that Amy Adams' Louise is not flashing back to the past, but seeing into her future throughout Arrival, a new dimension of emotional storytelling opens up for the already bittersweet film. Knowing that her daughter will die and that Jeremy Renner's Ian will leave her when she reveals she knows what the future brings, Louise has all of the tools at hand to change her future for the better. And yet, she accepts it willingly, as she wouldn't trade knowing her soon-to-be daughter for anything.

Most films would have their protagonist go into the future with at least an acknowledgement that the future might be changed, but Arrival's fatalistic finale fits the rest of the film's tone and sticks the landing. To give the film any other ending would have ruined the film's message of stoicism and sacrifice, and much like its protagonist, we're willing to live with that in favor of the film as a whole.

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