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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2016

See below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list of the best films of 2016, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

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From Clayton Dillard’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2016: “Celebrating great art amid the transition to political catastrophe can feel like, to paraphrase the title of poet Ocean Vuong’s recent collection, a moonlit sky with exit wounds. But the phlegm of post-truths shouldn’t get caught in our throats, let alone our eyes and ears, because films from across the globe continue to present a portrait of resilience in the face of international turmoil.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

26. Kaili Blues
27. In the Shadow of Women
28. Aquarius
29. Neon Bull
30. Hail, Caesar!
31. The Other Side
32. The Lobster
33. Wiener-Dog
34. 20th Century Women
35. Mia Madre
36. Aferim!
37. The Fits
38. Midnight Special
39. Little Men
40. Cosmos
41. Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party
42. Do Not Resist
43. The Handmaiden
44. Mountains May Depart
45. Demon
46. Creepy
47. Things to Come
48. I Am Not Madame Bovary
49. 13th
50. Fort Buchanan

Chuck Bowen
1. Happy Hour
2. Kate Plays Christine
3. Right Now, Wrong Then
4. Mia Madre
5. No Home Movie
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Demon
8. Paterson
9. Moonlight
10. Wiener-Dog

Honorable Mention: Neon Bull, The Measure of a Man, The Love Witch, Manchester by the Sea, Dog Eat Dog, The Neon Demon, Three, Aquarius, In the Valley of Violence, Valley of Love

Jesse Cataldo
1. Paterson
2. O.J.: Made in America
3. Cameraperson
4. Elle
5. Cemetery of Splendour
6. Moonlight
7. Kaili Blues
8. Love & Friendship
9. Toni Erdmann
10. Mountains May Depart

Honorable Mention: 20th Century Women, Belladonna of Sadness, Certain Women, Homeland: Iraq Year Zero, Knight of Cups, Manchester by the Sea, Right Now, Wrong Then, Sunset Song, Things to Come

Jake Cole
1. No Home Movie
2. Cameraperson
3. Paterson
4. O.J.: Made in America
5. Toni Erdmann
6. Certain Women
7. Elle
8. Happy Hour
9. Right Now, Wrong Then
10. The Love Witch

Honorable Mention: Kate Plays Christine, Love & Friendship, Knight of Cups, Hail, Caesar!, Edge of Seventeen, Things to Come, In the Shadow of Women, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Sunset Song

Clayton Dillard
1. Homo Sapiens
2. Fire at Sea
3. Elle
4. The Academy of Muses
5. Cemetery of Splendour
6. Paterson
7. The Neon Demon
8. Toni Erdmann
9. Happy Hour
10. Right Now, Wrong Then

Honorable Mention: Cameraperson, Certain Women, Hardcore Henry, The Love Witch, Moonlight, Mountains May Depart, Neon Bull, No Home Movie, O.J.: Made in America, Things to Come

Kenji Fujishima
1. Paterson
2. Cameraperson
3. O.J.: Made in America
4. Cemetery of Splendour
5. The Illinois Parables
6. Happy Hour
7. Love & Friendship
8. Swiss Army Man
9. No Home Movie
10. Right Now, Wrong Then

Honorable Mention: Elle, The Love Witch, Belladonna of Sadness, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, The Witness, collective:unconscious, Evolution, Jackie, Little Men, The Academy of Muses

Ed Gonzalez
1. O.J.: Made in America
2. Happy Hour
3. Knight of Cups
4. The Treasure
5. Midnight Special
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Do Not Resist
8. Elle
9. The Neon Demon
10. Right Now, Wrong Then

Honorable Mention: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Fort Buchanan, The Measure of a Man, In a Valley of Violence, Little Men, Manchester by the Sea, Paterson, Neon Bull, Being 17, Miss Hokusai

Christopher Gray
1. Paterson
2. Knight of Cups
3. Happy Hour
4. Neon Bull
5. O.J.: Made in America
6. Cemetery of Splendour
7. Manchester by the Sea
8. Toni Erdmann
9. Moonlight
10. The Other Side

Honorable Mention: Cameraperson, Demon, Elle, Everybody Wants Some!!, The Fits, Fort Buchanan, Kate Plays Christine, Shin Godzilla, Things to Come, Valley of Love

Wes Greene
1. Toni Erdmann
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. Kate Plays Christine
4. Everybody Wants Some!!
5. Sunset Song
6. O.J.: Made in America
7. The Fits
8. 20th Century Women
9. Certain Women
10. The Treasure

Honorable Mention: Aquarius, A Bigger Splash, Cemetery of Splendour, Happy Hour, The Illinois Parables, Little Men, The Love Witch, Paterson, Right Now, Wrong Then, Short Stay

Eric Henderson
1. Manchester by the Sea
2. O.J.: Made in America
3. The Love Witch
4. Happy Hour
5. The Neon Demon
6. Cemetery of Splendour
7. Cameraperson
8. Elle
9. The Illinois Parables
10. Toni Erdmann

Honorable Mention: The Handmaiden, Kate Plays Christine, Little Men, Moonlight, My Golden Days, The Fits, Right Now, Wrong Then, Tower, The Wailing, Wiener-Dog

Oleg Ivanov
1. The Lobster
2. Aferim!
3. Wiener-Dog
4. Hail, Caesar!
5. Love & Friendship
6. Sunset Song
7. Embrace of the Serpent
8. Elle
9. Francofonia
10. Neruda

Honorable Mention: Tikkun, The Love Witch, Knight of Cups, Cosmos, Nuts!, The Club, Jackie, Into the Inferno, The Witch, Miss Hokusai

James Lattimer
1. Cemetery of Splendour
2. No Home Movie
3. Toni Erdmann
4. Homo Sapiens
5. The Illinois Parables
6. Certain Women
7. Kaili Blues
8. Aquarius
9. Paterson
10. Right Now, Wrong Then

Honorable Mention: Elle, The Love Witch, The Treasure, Til Madness Do Us Part, Kate Plays Christine, Short Stay, Happy Hour, Fort Buchanan, Lost and Beautiful, Midnight Special

Carson Lund
1. In the Shadow of Women
2. The Other Side
3. Certain Women
4. Creepy
5. Cosmos
6. Sunset Song
7. Toni Erdmann
8. Everybody Wants Some!!
9. Happy Hour
10. Right Now, Wrong Then

Honorable Mention: Elle, Valley of Love, My Golden Days, The Treasure, O.J.: Made in America, Cemetery of Splendour, The Illinois Parables, Love & Friendship, Fire at Sea, Manchester by the Sea

Sam C. Mac
1. Knight of Cups
2. O.J.: Made in America
3. I Am Not Madame Bovary
4. Kill Zone 2
5. Elle
6. Love & Friendship
7. Happy Hour
8. Aquarius
9. Manchester by the Sea
10. Sunset Song

Honorable Mention: Paterson, Three, Creepy, De Palma, Toni Erdmann, The Illinois Parables, Indignation, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, The Apostate, Kubo and the Two Strings

Steve Macfarlane
1. Cemetery of Splendour
2. Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
3. The Treasure
4. No Home Movie
5. The Love Witch
6. Moonlight
7. Sunset Song
8. Toni Erdmann
9. Kaili Blues
10. 13th

Honorable Mention: Elle, Shin Godzilla, Fort Buchanan, Homo Sapiens, Chevalier, Ixcanul, The Illinois Parables, Aquarius, The Academy of Muses, The Mermaid

Diego Semerene
1. Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
2. The Academy of Muses
3. Moonlight
4. Elle
5. Toni Erdmann
6. O.J.: Made in America
7. In the Shadow of Women
8. The Treasure
9. Mia Madre
10. Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

Honorable Mention: The Measure of a Man, The Other Side, Tharlo, The Lobster, Evolution, Cemetery of Splendour, Bleak Street, Being 17, Homo Sapiens, Land and Shade

Elise Nakhnikian
1. Fire at Sea
2. The Handmaiden
3. O.J.: Made in America
4. Moonlight
5. Happy Hour
6. Manchester by the Sea
7. 13th
8. Cemetery of Splendour
9. 20th Century Women
10. Fireworks Wednesday

Honorable Mention: Cameraperson, Mountains May Depart, The Lobster, No Home Movie, Tower, Aferim!, Hell or High Water, Captain Fantastic, Right Now, Wrong Then, Sworn Virgin

Keith Watson
1. Toni Erdmann
2. Happy Hour
3. The Treasure
4. Cameraperson
5. Cemetery of Splendour
6. The Love Witch
7. A Family Affair
8. Hail, Caesar!
9. Moonlight
10. High-Rise

Honorable Mention: Certain Women, Demon, Do Not Resist, Green Room, Homo Sapiens, The Illinois Parables, Kaili Blues, Little Men, Morris from America, The Wailing

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