Best movies of 2016 (so far)
We’re as surprised as you are, but beachy Blake Lively matching wits with a great white shark hits the summer sweet spot: It’s big dumb fun with an earned sense of tough-girl empowerment.
The Coens return to their zany comic mode (à la 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty) for this ’50s-set Hollywood kidnapping lark. But even when they lighten up, their dialogue and jokes are sharper than anyone else’s.
Pixar goes fishing for a sequel to one of its most beloved titles, 2003’s Finding Nemo, and reels in a winner filled with humor and a not-so-subtle celebration of all species big and small.
Sexting ex-politician Anthony Weiner won’t be remembered for his discretion, but you have to wonder what inspired him to let a documentary crew queasily capture his comeback—even as more allegations arise.
The cattier, comic side of Jane Austen comes to life in a return to form for director Whit Stillman, here reuniting his dynamic duo from The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.
Indie writer-director Jeff Nichols channels his inner Spielberg for a gripping thriller about a child with strange powers—and the adults who want to stop him. Transitions to Hollywood are rarely this sharp.
This one's our Jungle Book: Visually inspired Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to his earthy milieu with this hypnotic story about a chaste (yet meaningful) relationship between a nurse and her patient.
The story of a 17th-century family forced to resettle near some very haunted woods, Robert Eggers’s chilling debut is manna for horror puritans but not much fun for actual Puritans.
A black comedy about a dachshund and the neurotics who care for it (not always well), Todd Solondz’s latest proves that he’s lost none of his satiric edge—his savagery is laced with existential depth.
From beginning to end, this revolutionary action film puts you in the head of a punching, jumping, fearless cyborg hero. It’s a video game come to life and also the first movie of its kind (even if it makes a lot of viewers nauseous).
This nightmarish comedy is set at a mysterious seaside clinic where guests must shack up or be surgically transformed into the animal of their choice. Melting the butter sauce is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), whose home-grown surrealism makes the leap to English with panache.
Dublin teens growing up in the gritty 1980s turn to Duran Duran, MTV and plenty of hairspray in the euphoric latest from Once’s John Carney. It’s a movie about making your craziest dreams come true.
In this feisty nearly–two-hour interview and profile, director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface) is indulged like a crazy uncle, and the stories that come out—many of them unflattering—are worth it.
Legendary screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) returns to the formula he all but invented for an ultraviolent, ultra-funny private-eye comedy set in the 1970s, starring Russell Crowe and a riotous Ryan Gosling.
A hilarious, deeply relaxed comedy about male bonding, Richard Linklater’s baseball-minded latest ranks right up there with his masterpieces Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.