20 essential releases from January – June, 2016

John’s blog on the Best Albums Of 2016: Halftime Report reminded me I really should put together this list of my favourite films so far this year.

Six months in, and we’ve seen a pretty decent crop of films this year. There’s been particularly strong work from some of our favourite filmmakers – Charlie Kaufman, Jacques Audiard, Richard Linklater, Ben Wheatley, Whit Stillman among them – as well as an astonishing debut from Béla Tarr’s former assistant, László Nemes.

I appreciate I’m probably in a minority when it comes to a couple of these – Knight Of Cups! – but I should emphasise this is a personal list. That said, I’d welcome any feedback – and it’d be good to hear your own films of the 2016 so far…

Follow me on Twitter @MichaelBonner

A Bigger Splash
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mOVgI0-pb4

Anomalisa
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQkHA3fHk_0

Bone Tomahawk
Directed by S. Craig Zahler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZbwtHi-KSE

The Club
Directed by Pablo Larraín
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8c2DYoF7lA

Dheepan
Directed by Jacques Audiard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpXHi7TGYpg

Everybody Wants Some!!
Directed by Richard Linklater
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky3vqdL3TJw

Hail, Caesar!
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMqeoW3XRa0

High-Rise
Directed by Ben Wheatley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKPghZ5cc_E

Knight Of Cups
Directed by Terrence Malick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI2j1FHCjtM

Love & Friendship
Directed by Whit Stillman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSMNHKqrCOo

Miles Ahead
Directed by Don Cheadle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqq63ZJ5q3w

The Nice Guys
Directed by Shane Black
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxW4LZCYfvs

Rams
Directed by Grímur Hákonarson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgc-VU7wn-c

The Revenant
Directed by Alejandro Iñárritu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoebZZ8K5N0

Son Of Saul
Directed by László Nemes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5azMcu4VQ7s

Spotlight
Directed by Tom McCarthy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwdCIpbTN5g

Trumbo
Directed by Jay Roach
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLuxQhdUqLY

Victoria
Directed by Sebastian Schipper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp8wcV3GjW0

When Marnie Was There
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WASWpDAFOe4

Youth
Directed by Paul Sorrentino
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxwqrRmRbYk

The July 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring our cover story on Prince, plus Carole King, Paul Simon, case/lang/viers, Laurie Anderson, 10CC, Wilko Johnson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Steve Gunn, Ryan Adams, Lift To Experience, David Bowie and more plus 40 pages of reviews and our free 15-track CD

Uncut: the spiritual home of great rock music.