25 from 2016! Favorites from the first six months


We’ve reached the midpoint of 2016, and while the world itself is (seemingly) in shambles, things are lovely on the film front. That’s a terrible observation, but it’s true. For the most part, I think 2016 has been strong. Here, in no particular order, are 25 films I’ve enjoyed so far this year. There is some cheating, with a TV miniseries and a Studio Ghibli reissue on the list. But it’s my list, so I’ll allow it. (See more on Letterboxd, including my star ratings for each.)

The Lobster
The Witch
Sleeping Giant
London Road
Hail, Caesar!
Only Yesterday
Hello, My Name Is Doris
The Jungle Book
The Club
Mountains May Depart
The Family Fang
April and the Extraordinary World
Captain America: Civil War
Green Room
Midnight Special
Sing Street
The Night Manager
10 Cloverfield Lane
O.J.: Made in America
De Palma
The Neon Demon

2016 releases of note that I still need to see:
A Bigger Splash, Eye in the Sky, Love and Friendship, A Hologram for the King, Everybody Wants Some!, The Meddler, Genius, Swiss Army Man, Maggie’s Plan, Finding Dory, Money Monster, The Nice Guys, Keanu, The Shallows, Triple 9, Free State of Jones, Demolition, I Saw the Light, The Invitation, My Golden Days, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The BFG, Independence Day: Resurgence