We’re not talking Academy Awards—it’s way too soon. Still, our idea of the best movies of 2016 is already evolving: It’s a list that’s bursting with variation and too many titles. And with the Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival still on deck, a sensible person would leave plenty of room for future contenders. Still, here’s our shortlist for right now.
Best movies of 2016 (so far)
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.