It's as on-the-nose as political allegories get, but the latest installment of the rage-fueled sci-fi/horror series - in which Americans are allowed to commit any crime they want, one night out of the year, and reveal their inner monsters - is one of the most outlandishly entertaining thrillers in recent memory. Sick, twisted, and sharp.
A welcome throwback to the character-driven, hopeful Star Trek that inspired a pop culture phenomenon in the first place. The cast is great, the adventure is thrilling. If only the villain had been a little more memorable, Star Trek Beyond would be one of the all-time great films in the series.
Shane Black is back with another retro private detective riff, this time starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as mismatched jerks who get swept into a conspiracy involving the automotive industry and pornography. Clever, hilarious and weird, but not quite as good as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Disney's name-only remake transformed a quirky musical into a heartfelt fairy tale, about an orphaned boy who has to choose between living in the wild with his (imaginary?) friend or living with a new family. Sincere and lovely, but maybe the conclusion is a little too "Hollywood" to really sell the film's sweet, understated message.
Criminally overlooked, The Lonely Island's new movie aims to out-Spinal Tap This is Spinal Tap and damn near succeeds. Andy Samberg plays a celebrity who believes his own hype, and belts one laugh out loud hilarious song after another as his career gradually falls victim to his denial and hubris.
An impossibly tense thriller from director Fede Alvarez, about a group of teen robbers who break into the wrong house, and wind up trapped with a blind man who is more dangerous than they are. Suspenseful and genuinely disturbing, Don't Breathe might just be the scariest movie of the year.
Nicolas Winding Refn's films have been accused of being shallow before, but with The Neon Demon he flips the script and tells an alluring, unsettling story about the dangerous nature of beauty. Gorgeously filmed and deliciously evil, this movie will intoxicate some people and piss off all the rest.
One of the only blockbusters that actually delivered on its promises this summer, Captain America: Civil War exploded the Marvel Cinematic Universe, severing old ties, introducing exciting new characters and showcasing the best superhero fight ever filmed. It's a little more convoluted than it needed to be, but no one could argue they didn't get enough bang for their buck.
Kate Beckinsale stole the summer as Lady Susan, a smooth operator in 1794 who wraps polite society around her devious fingers. Is she a monster, or is she a hero born centuries ahead of her time? Whit Stillman's brilliant adaptation of Jane Austen's novel works both ways.
The best sort of family movie: strange, funny, heartbreaking and a little bit dangerous. Sam Neill plays the foster father of Julian Dennison, a "bad egg" who gets them both stranded in the bush and - to make matters worse - on New Zealand's most wanted list. Endless fun, truly inventive cinema. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is as artful as it is entertaining, and that means it's a whole lot of both.