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Top 10 Movies Of 2016 So Far

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Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, a theater near you—the modern film fan has more movies to choose from than ever. To help you sort through them all, we’ve taken a hard look at this year’s most critically acclaimed features and assembled a list of best bets. While making our picks, we stayed away from kid-friendly, critic-approved blockbusters like The Jungle Book, as well as arthouse fare like Embrace of the Serpent. What remains is good old-fashioned movie fun you can feel good about—and some of the best Hollywood has had to offer in the first half of 2016.

Captain America: Civil War

At some point, Marvel is bound to make a wrong turn in its multi-billion-dollar quest for worldwide box office domination. But it didn’t happen with Captain America: Civil War, which rounded up a hefty assortment of Marvel Cinematic Universe favorites—and added some highly anticipated new faces—for a thrilling, action-packed adventure with an impressive amount of thought-provoking political subtext. As ambitious as it is viscerally satisfying, this is a blast of superhero spectacle that even the most anti-comic book film fan might enjoy.

The Witch

It isn’t hard to find a horror movie offering up a few jump scares or some slasher gore. One with enough faith in its audience to take things slow or get a little weird? That’s a little trickier—and it’s what genre fans got with The Witch. This movie announces writer/director Robert Eggers as a filmmaker worth watching. The story, which unspools in a spooky thicket of woods in 17th-century New England, follows a path that should be more or less familiar to anyone who’s ever indulged in period horror. It’s Eggers’ execution that makes The Witch so creepily compelling. And it’s his flair for imagery that will leave it lingering in your mind for days.

10 Cloverfield Lane

When is a sequel/spinoff not a sequel/spinoff? When it’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, which uses 2008’s Cloverfield as the very loose launchpad for the story of a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who flees a busted engagement only to run headlong into disaster on the road. She ends up locked in an underground shelter by a man (John Goodman) who insists the Earth is under attack. Is he a hero, or a psycho killer? The story keeps you guessing, and director Dan Trachtenberg packs in enough twists, turns, and jolts to keep you hanging on for dear life along the way. We have more than enough franchises in Hollywood, but if this really does turn out to be the dawn of what Trachtenberg has jokingly referred to as the “Cloververse,” we definitely won’t mind.

The Nice Guys

Writer-director Shane Black has a flair for hard-hitting action and a dark sense of humor. Unfortunately, both of those qualities haven’t always been well served in his bigger-budget efforts. But the lower-key buddy cop comedy The Nice Guys put him squarely back on the right track. Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as police partners on a case in late ’70s L.A., it proves Black hasn’t lost the gifts that put him on the map with his screenplay for the original Lethal Weapon in 1987. The Nice Guys delivers cheerfully crass, high-caliber fun for genre enthusiasts.

Green Room

Green Room falls a little off the beaten path, but it’s still well worth checking out for anyone who likes their action movies to have a sharp set of teeth—or anyone who enjoyed Blue Ruin, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s 2014 debut. This time out, Saulnier plunges viewers into the hellish ordeal experienced by a punk band (including Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Arrested Development vet Alia Shawkat) who attract the bloodthirsty ire of a pack of murderous neo-Nazi skinheads. Did we mention that Patrick Stewart is the homicidal owner of the club where the band is trapped? Green Room is equal parts smart and nasty—and one of the more sinfully enjoyable indie efforts of 2016.

Hail, Caesar!

The Coen brothers have tried their hands at any number of genres, and you never really know what you’re going to get out of their next movie—only that it’ll be worth watching. Such is the case with Hail, Caesar!, which stars Josh Brolin as a Hollywood fixer (based on the real-life Eddie Mannix) on a mission to solve the disappearance of a dopey movie star (George Clooney) who’s been drugged and abducted from the set of his latest major production. It’s a madcap ode to the film industry’s golden era, assembled with typical Coen grace, performed by an outstanding ensemble cast—and some of the most fun we’ve had at the movies this year.

Everybody Wants Some!!

With his 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater assembled an insightful and eminently quotable look back at the lives of ’70s high school students. More than 20 years later, he picked up that thread with its “spiritual sequel,” Everybody Wants Some!!. Despite that somewhat misleading billing, Wants doesn’t continue the story of Dazed and Confused. Instead, it offers a look at college life cut from the same affectionately irreverent cloth—and packs in a killer, era-appropriate soundtrack featuring classic hits from Cheap Trick, Dire Straits, Van Halen, and more.

Deadpool

How do you make a Deadpool movie that embraces the character’s filthy comics persona while still making enough money to prop up a franchise? We still honestly can’t quite believe they pulled it off, but Fox made it work with the fan favorite’s long-awaited standalone feature, which finds the merc with a mouth (Ryan Reynolds) slashing up bad guys and breaking the fourth wall with equal abandon. Marvel has done a tremendous job of expanding the superhero genre’s borders with their in-house MCU releases—and with Deadpool, Fox proved it has room for R-rated movies too.

Midnight Special

No one captures modern-day middle-class dread quite like director Jeff Nichols. With 2011’s Take Shelter, he focused on a suburban husband (Michael Shannon) whose disturbing dreams of impending doom could either be visions or signs of an emotional collapse. Five years later, the duo reunited for the story of a father racing against time to protect his son (Jaeden Lieberher) from outside forces bent on taking advantage of his seemingly superhuman abilities. It’s far from the biggest box-office draw of the year. But for anyone who’s ever felt the weight of parental responsibility, Midnight Special proved Nichols could graduate from the indie ranks to the studio system without losing a single heartbreakingly poignant step.

The Invitation

A slow-burning mystery thriller that doubles as an appealingly nasty dig into the emotional fallout from a tragic divorce, The Invitation has Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama making an assured return to feature filmmaking after a few years in the TV trenches. Unfolding at a house party thrown by the ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and new husband (Michael Huisman) of a man (Logan Marshall-Green) who’s starting over with a new relationship, the story starts with a simmering stew of potentially toxic ingredients and spends the next 100 minutes expertly ramping up the tension.

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