The Lobster

10. The Lobster

23 points

The Lobster may be Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut, but his twisted, maddening, and bleakly hilarious style survived the transition without a single compromise. It infuriates as many viewers as it inspires, which only makes its fans love it all the more.

“…underneath that heightened artificiality is something raw and true, and even, in spite of itself, kind of hopeful.” -Angie Han

The Lobster is one unsettling, wacky, romantic, beautiful, and original story. Very few movies last year resembled Yorgos Lanthimos‘s dark romantic comedy. A part of its appeal is that it isn’t a film we see every month at the theaters. It’s a distinct vision that hilariously explores the ups and downs of the single life and relationships with its fantastic high concept. Sometimes the more ridiculous The Lobster gets, the more truthful it becomes.” -Jack Giroux

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9. O.J.: Made in America

27 points

For the past few months, the film critic community has argued over whether or not Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made in America is a movie or a television miniseries. Everyone has a different opinion. But everyone also seems to agree that it’s a masterpiece either way.

“When I first watched Ezra Edelman’s sprawling 7.5 hour film about O.J. Simpson, I called it the Fury Road of documentaries, in the sense that as I was watching it, roughly once every 10 minutes, my jaw dropped and I wondered aloud, ‘How did they get this footage?!'” -David Chen

“To understand the O.J. trial, you have to understand Los Angeles, and to understand Los Angeles, you have to first grapple with race in America. [Director Ezra] Edelman does just that and the results are disturbing, sobering, relevant, and, let’s be honest here, wickedly entertaining. Even at eight hours, this movie feels far too short.” -Jacob Hall

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

8. Hunt For the Wilderpeople

30 points

Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows was a surprise contender on last year’s top 15, coming in second place on a list stacked with great movies. His follow-up effortlessly glided into the 2016 edition of this list, making one thing clear: /Film really, really loves this guy’s movies.

“After delivering a movie that was beloved by pretty much everyone at /Film last year, director Taika Waititi has come through with another hilarious addition to his filmography, but this one has much more heart.” -Ethan Anderton

“Taika Waititi has a soft spot for misfits, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople sends two of them traipsing through the New Zealand bush to find a family of sorts. It feels like a childhood classic waiting to happen, in a similar vein as Pixar and Roald Dahl, but with an oddball spirit that’s entirely its own.” -Angie Han

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7. Moana

31 points

Disney Animation has found its strongest groove since the early ’90s, seemingly churning out a new instant classic ever year or so. Moana is the best of the “new Disney Renaissance,” combining old fashioned Disney storytelling with stunning animation and incredible songs.

“With a spotlight shining on a culture that had yet to be touched significantly by Disney, and a strong female lead who doesn’t need romance to have character definition, this musical adventure has charm, poise and a soundtrack that is even better than Frozen.” -Ethan Anderton

“This movie combines everything I love about Disney movies from my childhood: An inspiring storyline about self-actualization, catchy songs that speak towards universal truths, and spectacular, cutting-edge animation.” -David Chen

“We are in the middle of a new Disney Renaissance, and Moana is the studio at its very finest. No, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does put a new spin on that old staple, the Disney princess tale. Moana sets sail on the Pacific and takes us through a journey filled with laughs, tears, and even some Mad Max: Fury Road-worthy action, all set to an incredibly earworm-y soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.” -Angie Han

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6. The Handmaiden

33 points

After making his Hollywood debut with the fantastic Stoker, director Park Chan-wook returned to South Korea to make what is quite possibly his best movie yet. As you’d expect, The Handmaiden is twisted and violent and deeply weird. But you may not be prepared for how sexy, romantic, and truly hilarious it really is.

“This film shows director Park Chan-wook at the height of his powers, weaving an extremely complex narrative into sumptuous visuals and spectacular production design.” -David Chen

“It’s sexy in all the ways you’d expect — nudity, explicit love scenes, kinky fantasies — but it’s also intimate and warm, laced with real passion and affection. It’s also one of the most sensual experiences Park has ever delivered, with the camera lingering on the lush surroundings and lavish costumes that keep Hideko and Sook-hee bound to the home and to one another.” -Angie Han

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