2016 watchlist

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1. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,313

2. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,549 | Gross: $0.18M

3. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 38,660 | Gross: $1.48M

4. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 55,344

5. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 50,866 | Gross: $0.51M

6. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

Votes: 48,229 | Gross: $3.37M

7. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,561

8. The Death of Louis XIV (2016)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin

Votes: 1,575 | Gross: $0.04M

9. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Lily Franky

Votes: 7,473 | Gross: $0.27M

10. The Illinois Parables (2016)

60 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

An experimental documentary comprised of regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Stratman | Stars: Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II, Joshua Frieman, Anna Toborg, Jose Oubrerie

Votes: 64

11. Godspeed (2016)

111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Taiwanese drug smuggler catches a ride with the wrong cab driver.

Director: Mong-Hong Chung | Stars: Michael Hui, Na-Dou Lin, Leon Dai, Matt Chung-tien Wu

Votes: 508

12. We Are the Flesh (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

After wandering a ruined city for years in search of food and shelter, two siblings find their way into one of the last remaining buildings. Inside, they find a man who will make them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world.

Director: Emiliano Rocha Minter | Stars: Noé Hernández, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel, Gabino Rodríguez

Votes: 1,825

13. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 68,670 | Gross: $3.71M

14. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 28,445 | Gross: $7.70M

15. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 185,364 | Gross: $51.74M

16. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 44,941 | Gross: $0.26M

17. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Votes: 3,611

18. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 32,432 | Gross: $0.66M

19. As You Are (2016)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti

Votes: 1,785

20. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 19,179 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,489 | Gross: $1.03M

22. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Jacques Derrida, Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 1,949 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Homo Sapiens (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Homo Sapiens shows stunning images of forgotten places, buildings we constructed and then left.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 722

24. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 42,412 | Gross: $2.40M

25. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 82,100 | Gross: $2.01M

26. Suntan (2016)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama

59 Metascore

On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.

Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos | Stars: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Hara Kotsali, Milou Van Groesen

Votes: 4,794

27. The Red Turtle (2016)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Fantasy

86 Metascore

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit | Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers

Votes: 25,662 | Gross: $0.92M

28. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 25,102 | Gross: $1.49M

29. Things to Come (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob

Votes: 10,158 | Gross: $0.28M

30. The Son of Joseph (2016)

113 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father with (Mathieu Amalric) and (Fabrizio Rongione) as his, respectively, callous and gentle alternative paternal options, and (Natacha Régnier) as his single mother.

Director: Eugène Green | Stars: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 676 | Gross: $0.03M

31. Slack Bay (2016)

Unrated | 122 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent

Votes: 3,657 | Gross: $0.11M

32. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,454 | Gross: $0.29M

33. Nocturama (2016)

130 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before taking shelter for a night in a shopping center.

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa

Votes: 3,564 | Gross: $0.03M

34. A Quiet Passion (2016)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen, Rose Williams, Benjamin Wainwright

Votes: 4,651 | Gross: $1.86M

35. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 31,448 | Gross: $1.31M

36. Crosscurrent (2016)

116 min | Drama

49 Metascore

A voyage in between a woman who tries to searching for the meaning of life and a man holding a book of poems on the longest river of Mainland China.

Director: Chao Yang | Stars: Hao Qin, Zhilei Xin, Lipeng Wu, Hongwei Wang

Votes: 416

37. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 56,629 | Gross: $2.14M

38. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 8,185 | Gross: $0.94M

39. By the Time It Gets Dark (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In 1970, She was student activist, a waitress who keeps changing her job, now a film director. All lives loosely connected to each others.

Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong | Stars: Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Arak Amornsupasiri, Achtara Suwan, Inthira Charoenpura

Votes: 388

40. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 179,639 | Gross: $26.86M

41. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 443,103 | Gross: $151.10M

42. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 86,666 | Gross: $7.08M

43. Lady Macbeth (2016)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

Director: William Oldroyd | Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie

Votes: 15,631 | Gross: $1.13M

44. The Untamed (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction.

Director: Amat Escalante | Stars: Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Eden Villavicencio

Votes: 3,657 | Gross: $0.03M

45. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016)

179 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

56 Metascore

Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gô Ayano, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 1,062

46. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

120 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O'Farrell

Votes: 1,249 | Gross: $0.13M

47. The Levelling (2016)

R | 83 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face ... See full summary »

Director: Hope Dickson Leach | Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore

Votes: 2,090 | Gross: $0.00M

48. Free Fire (2016)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shoot-out and a game of survival.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy

Votes: 36,564 | Gross: $1.80M



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