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It seems like Mid-Year Best Of reports are being published more and more nowadays, so I figured I ought jump in the game. After all, I’ve seen plenty of great movies in 2016, and I don’t want to keep it a secret.

All selections on this list were released theatrically in North America between January 1 and June 30, 2016.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

10. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

A stroll through the New Zealand bush – who knows what we’ll find?!

Shark
Shark

9. The Shallows

I used to say that Blake Lively needs to focus on comedy. Turns out she’s pretty good at action, too.

8. Swiss Army Man

The buddy movie of the century!

Apocalypse
Apocalypse

7. X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer’s bringing sexy back to the superhero genre.

Lobster
Lobster

6. The Lobster

Oppression can’t conquer love, even though it keeps trying. At least we have cinema to convince us not to poke our eyes out.

John Goodman
John Goodman

5. 10 Cloverfield Lane

This is what we get for not taking John Goodman more seriously.

A movie that clearly influenced The Neon Demon
A movie that clearly influenced The Neon Demon

4. The Neon Demon

When Keanu Reeves is giving your most spirited performance, attention must be paid.

Lasers
Lasers

3. Midnight Special

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have Adam Driver follow me around and try to figure out all the weird stuff in my life.

Judy and Nick
Judy and Nick

2. Zootopia

A rabbit and a fox walk into a film noir. Social allegory ensues.

The Witch
The Witch

1. The Witch

What an epic meltdown.

Have you seen any good movies this year? I DARE ya to tell me about them.

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