/Film’s Top 10 Films of 2016 So Far

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As we pass the halfway mark of 2016, we at /Film figured it’d be a good time to take a step back and assess the year we’ve had so far. By this point last year, consensus had formed around a few favorites: Mad Max: Fury Road was far and away our favorite of the year one year ago, and it maintained that position all the way through to December. But this year? The results look much more varied. Join us as we count down /Film’s top 10 films of 2016 so far.

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The Lobster review

Note: With The Lobster in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.

Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become if he can’t find a mate.

If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism.  Read More »

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Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice GuysThe BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.

If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.

Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.

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The Lobster

After spending the past year lighting up the festival circuit, Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster is finally gearing up for its U.S. theatrical debut. Originally, the plan was for Alchemy to release The Lobster in the states on March 11, but as you may have noticed, that didn’t happen — the distributor ran into some financial troubles, and the release was scrapped. So A24 has swooped in to scoop it up, and now they’ve announced a new U.S. release date for The Lobster and unveiled a new U.S. trailer to go with it.

Colin Farrell leads the blackly comic romance as a man desperate to find love — because in his society, people who stay single too long get turned into animals. And it doesn’t get any less weird from there. Rachel WeiszOlivia ColmanBen WhishawJohn C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw also star. Watch the latest The Lobster trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Lobster (1)

We’ve got all kinds of romances at the cinema this year. Love is blossoming amid zombie apocalypses and inspiring superpowered vengeance and overcoming Nicholas Sparks-ian brushes with death. But when it comes to sheer weirdness, all of these love stories pale in comparison to Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, which is set in a world where singletons who can’t find a mate within 45 days are turned into an animal of their choosing.

Colin Farrell leads The Lobster as sad-sack David, who’s just been left by his wife. He’s whisked away to an idyllic retreat for single people, all of whom have come with the same goal in mind: find a “well matched” spouse so they don’t have to spend the rest of their lives as a dog, or a horse, or in David’s case, a lobster. And that’s just the starting point for the surreal joy and pain that unfolds. Watch The Lobster U.S. trailer below.  Read More »

Jack Giroux’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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As Jacob noted the other day, this is the time of year we get to rest comfortably in our bubbles of excitement. We rarely feel any disappointment this early in the year with what’s hitting theaters (unless you were one of the few really pumped about The Forest), so we’ve yet to reach the point of skepticism about our most anticipated films of the year.

After the jump, help me countdown my most anticipated movies of 2016.

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Jacob Hall’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

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This is the best part of any year – the part where it’s young enough to have not let us down yet. Right now, 2016 is constructed entirely out of promise. We’re allowed to look on the bright side, to get excited, and to anticipate. The grumbling, the moaning, the nitpicking and the disappointment will come later. There are 12 months worth of movies waiting in the wings and a whole bunch of them look terrific.

So let’s not beat around the bush. These are my most anticipated movies of 2016. Come with me and share my excitement before the year decides to shatter it.

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The 12 Best Films at Fantastic Fest 2015

Fantastic Fest 2015

This year marked my first time attending the the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, and I’m glad I went. How good is the festival? Well, the first film I saw, which is no. 1 on this list, blew my socks off. The movies I saw after that grand introduction, for the most part, didn’t make for a downhill slope. After the jump, read about the 12 best films at Fantastic Fest 2015.

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The Lobster (1)

When you’re single and lonely, it can feel like the whole world is full of smug couples judging you for your solo status. In Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, they literally are. Singlehood is a crime in this society, and those caught committing it are given 45 days to find a mate, or else be turned into an animal of their choosing.

It’s an absurd premise, but we’d expect no less from the director of Dogtooth. In this strange dystopia, David (Colin Farrell) meets and falls for a woman from another community, where coupledom is strictly forbidden. Watch The Lobster trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Lobster Lanthimos First Look

Above is your first look at what might be one of the weirdest movies of the year. Doesn’t look so strange, does it? But this is the first shot from The Lobster, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). That should tell you something right off. And we’re guessing that in the film, we’ll see one of these three guys, Colin FarrellBen Whishaw, and John C. Reilly, turned into an animal. How? Read more below.  Read More »