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…

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A Bigger Splash
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Anomalisa
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Bone Tomahawk
Directed by S. Craig Zahler

The Club
Directed by Pablo Larraín

Dheepan
Directed by Jacques Audiard

Everybody Wants Some!!
Directed by Richard Linklater

Hail, Caesar!
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

High-Rise
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Knight Of Cups
Directed by Terrence Malick

Love & Friendship
Directed by Whit Stillman

Miles Ahead
Directed by Don Cheadle

The Nice Guys
Directed by Shane Black

Rams
Directed by Grímur Hákonarson

The Revenant
Directed by Alejandro Iñárritu

Son Of Saul
Directed by László Nemes

Spotlight
Directed by Tom McCarthy

Trumbo
Directed by Jay Roach

Victoria
Directed by Sebastian Schipper

When Marnie Was There
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Youth
Directed by Paul Sorrentino

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