Our Critics' Picks for the Best Films of 2016EXPAND
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Our Critics' Picks for the Best Films of 2016

Complicated subjects dominated cinema in 2016. Take The Lobster, a strange story about finding love (or not finding love) in the modern world, or Moonlight, in which director Barry Jenkins inspected the psyche of a gay black man growing up in poverty in south Florida. Our critics reviewed them all and picked their favorites, which are listed below by month and include their respective shortened reviews.

The Treasure is a film of matter–of–fact simplicity, despite its meta-ness.EXPAND
The Treasure is a film of matter–of–fact simplicity, despite its meta-ness.
Adi Marineci

January
The Treasure

Embrace of the Serpent is a legitimate stunner in that word's truest sense.EXPAND
Embrace of the Serpent is a legitimate stunner in that word's truest sense.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

February
Cemetery of Splendor
Embrace of the Serpent
Knight of Cups

In Everybody Wants Some!!, director Richard Linklater proves that his great talent is to remain light on his feet while drifting into the metaphysical.EXPAND
In Everybody Wants Some!!, director Richard Linklater proves that his great talent is to remain light on his feet while drifting into the metaphysical.
Van Redin

March
City of Gold
Everybody Wants Some!!
Fireworks Wednesday
Krisha
My Golden Days
River of Grass
Too Late

Who could resist The Tale of Tales' extravagant period costuming and set pieces lit to mimic the works of Italian Baroque painters?EXPAND
Who could resist The Tale of Tales' extravagant period costuming and set pieces lit to mimic the works of Italian Baroque painters?
IFC Films

April
A Hologram for the King
Hockney
Sworn Virgin
The Tale of Tales

Green Room
The Jungle Book
Showman

The Lobster stars Colin Farrell, who plays a recently single schlub forced to report to the Hotel, where he has 45 days to form a romantic relationship lest he be turned into an animal of his choosing.EXPAND
The Lobster stars Colin Farrell, who plays a recently single schlub forced to report to the Hotel, where he has 45 days to form a romantic relationship lest he be turned into an animal of his choosing.
Despina Spyrou, Courtesy of A24

May
Holy Hell
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Weiner
The Lobster
Love & Friendship
Sunset Song
Dheepan

Dragon Inn

Keep reading for more of our critics' picks for 2016.

David Farrier's Tickled would take him all over the United States, tracking down an elusive woman who has endless cash, an empire of tickle-fetish videos and a penchant for revenge.
David Farrier's Tickled would take him all over the United States, tracking down an elusive woman who has endless cash, an empire of tickle-fetish videos and a penchant for revenge.
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

June
Tickled

It's best to look at Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as an ultra-long episode of the much-beloved British TV show.EXPAND
It's best to look at Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as an ultra-long episode of the much-beloved British TV show.
David Appleby

July
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Don't Think Twice

Into the Forest
Miss Sharon Jones!

Chad Hartigan's lighthearted drama Morris From America offers something rare: Its two central African-American characters are fully yet subtly drawn.EXPAND
Chad Hartigan's lighthearted drama Morris From America offers something rare: Its two central African-American characters are fully yet subtly drawn.
Courtesy of A24

August
The Land
Little Men
Hell or High Water
Ixcanul
Kubo and the Two Strings
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Morris From America
Howard's End
Mia Madre

Morgan

Bridget Jones's Baby is a romantic comedy that's truly both.EXPAND
Bridget Jones's Baby is a romantic comedy that's truly both.
Universal Studios

September
Demon
London Road

Bridget Jones's Baby
Command and Control
Closet Monster
Deepwater Horizon
A Man Called Ove

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Divided into three chapters, Moonlight tracks its protagonist, Chiron, in as many stages, each titled with his name or nickname.
Divided into three chapters, Moonlight tracks its protagonist, Chiron, in as many stages, each titled with his name or nickname.
Courtesy of Elevation Pictures

October
13th
Being 17
Aquarius
Certain Women
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Tower
Fire at Sea
The Handmaiden
Moonlight

Arrival director Denis Villeneuve has a great eye; his images are at once elegant and forbidding.EXPAND
Arrival director Denis Villeneuve has a great eye; his images are at once elegant and forbidding.
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Deutschland

November
Loving
Arrival
Elle
Manchester by the Sea
Allied
Always Shine

Evolution

Martin Scorsese opens his foreword to the latest edition of Shusaku Endo's Silence with a simple, impossible question: "How do you tell the story of Christian faith?"EXPAND
Martin Scorsese opens his foreword to the latest edition of Shusaku Endo's Silence with a simple, impossible question: "How do you tell the story of Christian faith?"
Kerry Brown

December
Fences
Hidden Figures
Silence

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