Everybody Wants Some!!

Easygoing, nostalgic, and phenomenally plotless, Everybody Wants Some!! is an endearingly aimless time capsule masquerading as a comedy; a relaxed and raunchy college bro-down that’s remarkably wholesome; and a thoughtful, passionate artistic argument for living in the moment before the moment slips away. Smart, wise, and beautifully textured, it’s a lithe, low-pressure picture of exuberance and exciting possibility.

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The Lobster

Strange, fascinating, and deeply unsettling, The Lobster is a lingering look, a straight-on stare into the mirror of modern relationships; a caustically funny and then supremely discomforting examination of the ways in which we try to forge connections with other members of our species. While its arthouse eccentricity is likely to make it inaccessible to mainstream audiences, it remains a worthwhile and offbeat dive into one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

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Spotlight

Methodical, mannered, and measured, Spotlight is a graceful story culled from lurid details; an honourable presentation of shockingly dishonourable behaviour; and an ensemble drama that acts as a tribute to its heroes without placing them on a pedestal. Concrete, exacting, and immaculately controlled, it’s a journalistic procedural that delivers its message with breathtaking force.

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45 Years

Economical, understated, and flawlessly calibrated, 45 Years is a mature, potent drama of great nuance and even greater emotion; a searching, inescapably authentic portrait of a marriage on the brink of disaster; and a confirmation of a new cinematic voice and the glorious results that artistic experience can facilitate. Refined, believable, and ultimately devastating, it is a romance to treasure for years to come.

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2015 Retrospective

In 2015, James Cameron lost his box office reign as JJ Abrams finally did George Lucas’ legacy justice and brought Star Wars: The Force Awakens to a marketplace primed for record-shattering. Amazon and Netflix continued to show their muscle in an ever-evolving environment for artistic distribution. And the best films managed to claw their way to the surface, stirring joy and sadness, provoking awe and terror, stoking love and desire, in discerning audiences worldwide.

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The Hateful Eight

Riotously profane and ridiculously self-indulgent, The Hateful Eight is an unruly, over-the-top mystery of epic proportions; a verbose, Ennio Morricone-scored whodunit; and a wild, daring showcase for all that’s right and wrong with its auteur. Adventurous and exasperating, it’s somehow nearly unmissable, if only because no one does it like this.

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Carol

Audacious in concept, awash in nuance, and astonishing in execution, Carol is an indelible portrait of a society suppressed; a calm, luscious creation of breathtaking art and velvety beauty; and an ardent, extraordinarily important drama of sleek precision and pure ardour. Not only one of the best films of the year, it’s a love story for the ages.

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