20 Best Picks / Year

20 of the best in no particular order:

2016

  1. TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade)
  2. PATERSON (Jim Jarmusch)
  3. AQUARIUS (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
  4. ELLE (Paul Verhoeven)
  5. CERTAIN WOMEN (Kelly Reichardt)
  6. I, DANIEL BLAKE (Ken Loach)
  7. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Taika Waititi)
  8. LAND AND SHADE (Cesar Augusto Acevedo)
  9. INDIGNATION (James Schamus)
10. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan)
11. MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins)
12. THE SALESMAN (Asghar Farhadi)
13. KRISHA (Trey Edward Schults)
14. HELL OR HIGH WATER (David Mackenzie)
15. OUR LITTLE SISTER (Hirokazu Koreeda)
16. IXCANUL (Jayro Bustamante)
17. THINGS TO COME (Mia Hansen-Love)
18. LITTLE MEN (Ira Sachs)
19. ARRIVAL (Denis Villeneuve)
20. THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)

Honorable mentions:
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME (Richard Linklater)
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP (Whit Stillman)


2015

  1. 45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh)
  2. SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy)
  3. THE REVENANT (Alejandro Iñarritu)
  4. AFERIM! (Radu Jude)
  5. TU DORS NICOLE (Stephane Lafleur)
  6. TAXI (Jafar Panahi)
  7. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller)
  8. TANGERINE (Sean Baker)
  9. BROOKLYN (John Crowley)
10. QUEEN OF EARTH (Alex Ross Perry)
11. ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)
12. HORSE MONEY (Pedro Costa)
13. EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Ciro Guerra)
14. CAROL (Todd Haynes)
15. PHOENIX (Christian Petzold)
16. 99 HOMES (Ramin Bahrani)
17. BRIDGE OF SPIES (Steven Spielberg)
18. THE END OF THE TOUR (James Ponsoldt)
19. EX MACHINA (Alex Garland)
20. THE BIG SHORT (Adam McKay)

Honorable mentions:
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Marielle Heller)
LOVE AND MERCY (Bill Polhad)
ANOMALISA (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (Guy Maddin) 

2014

  1. BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater)
  2. UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer)
  3. WINTER SLEEP (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  4. IDA (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  5. LEVIATHAN (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  6. STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming Liang)
  7. WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle)
  8. MR. TURNER (Mike Leigh)
  9. LOVE IS STRANGE (Ira Sachs)
10. FOXCATCHER (Bennett Miller)
11. GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson)
12. BIRDMAN (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu)
13. NIGHTCRAWLER (Dan Gilroy)
14. WILD (Jean Marc-Valleé)
15. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
16. THE DANCE OF REALITY (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
17. STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (Sam Fleischner)
18. SELMA (Ava DuVernay)
19. SNOWPIERCER (Joon Ho-Bong)
20. TIMBUKTU (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Honorable mentions:
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Olivier Assayas)
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (J.C. Chandor)
THE MISSING PICTURE (Rithy Panh)
JACK STRONG (Wladyslaw Pasikowski)
GONE GIRL (David Fincher)

2013

  1. THE GREAT BEAUTY (Paolo Sorrentino)
  2. NEBRASKA (Alexander Payne)
  3. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Coen Brothers)
  4. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)
  5. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (Steve McQueen)
  6. FRUITVALE STATION (Ryan Coogler)
  7. BLACKFISH (Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
  8. SHORT TERM 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton)
  9. GRAVITY (Alfonso Cuaron)
10. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Abdel Kechiche)
11. ILO ILO (Anthony Chen)
12. A TOUCH OF SIN (Jia Zhang-ke)
13. CHILD'S POSE (Calin Peter Netzer)
14. HER (Spike Jonze)
15. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Martin Scorsese)
16. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Jean Marc-Valleé)
17. ALL IS LOST (J.C. Chandor)
18. LET THE FIRE BURN (Jason Osder)
19. A FIELD IN ENGLAND (Ben Wheatley)
20. GLORIA (Sebastian Lelio)

Honorable Mentions:
BLUE RUIN (Jeremy Saulnier)
ENEMY (Dennis Villeneuve)
STILL LIFE (Uberto Pasolini)
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (Hirokazu Koreeda)

2012

1. AMOUR (Michael Haneke)
2. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Benh Zeitlin)
3. ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow)
4. THE MASTER (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. SOUTHWEST (Eduardo Nunes)
6. ARGO (Ben Affleck)
7. LORE (Cate Shortland)
8. THE HUNT (Thomas Vinterberg)
9. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (Alison Klayman)
10. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul)
11. LIFE OF PI (Ang Lee)
12. THE SIGHTSEERS (Ben Wheatley)
13. OUR CHILDREN (Joachim Lafosse)
14. STORIES WE TELL (Sarah Polley)
15. DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino)
16. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (David O. Russell)
17. UPSTREAM COLOR (Shane Carruth)
18. NIGHT ACROSS THE STREET (Raoul Ruiz)
19. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami)
20. NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (Kleber Mendonça Filho)

Honorable Mentions:
NO (Pablo Larraín)
PORFIRIO (Alejandro Landes)
REALITY (Matteo Garrone)
LINCOLN (Steven Spielberg)
TABU (Miguel Gomes)
THE FIFTH SEASON (Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth)

2011

  1. A SEPARATION (Asghar Farhadi)
  2. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
  3. ELENA (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  4. THE TURIN HORSE (Bela Tarr)
  5. THE KID WITH A BIKE (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
  6. I WISH (Hirokazu Koreeda)
  7. SHAME (Steve McQueen)
  8. BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (João Botelho)
  9. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (Sean Durkin)
10. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo)
11. ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
12. A SIMPLE LIFE (Ann Hui)
13. PLAY (Ruben Ostlund)
14. MICHAEL (Markus Schleinzer)
15. OSLO 31 AUGUST (Joachim Trier)
16. HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Takashi Miike)
17. INTO THE ABYSS (Werner Herzog)
18. WEEKEND (Andrew Haigh)
19. THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi)
20. LE HAVRE (Aki Kaurismaki)

Honorable Mentions:
THE ARTIST (Michel Hazanavicius)
HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (Bertrand Bonello)
MELANCHOLIA (Lars Von Trier)
DRIVE (Nicolas Winding Refn)
THE GUARD (John Michael McDonagh)
HEADHUNTERS (Martin Tyldum)