We’re edging toward the midway point of 2016, but we have already enjoyed a rather rich year of film releases, big and small. So before we dive headfirst into the high volume summer blockbuster season and swim into Oscar season, we thought we would take a moment to reflect upon this year’s best film releases so far. The list below reflects our favorite films, as voted on by committee and selected from films that saw at least their first limited release between January 1 and today. Have a look through the list, a look back at the half year, and don’t be afraid to correct us or share any films that might have missed our radar.

25. The Conjuring 2

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Wan applies the same amount of sincerity and devotion as he did to his previous works in the horror genre, as well asFurious 7. Wan not only returns to the genre, but returns as an improved filmmaker and more assured voice.” (Read Anton Reyes’ full review)

24. Emelie

Dark Sky Films

Dark Sky Films

“When a movie earns comparison to Michael Haneke within two minutes of runtime, and the craftsmanship only improves from there, the experience is one that’s certain to stick around a while.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

23. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

“Neither a triumph nor a failure, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a fascinating coalescence of 78 years of comic book history and we would be foolish not to see where it leads.” (Read Richard Newby’s full review)

22. Cash Only

Cash Only

FilmBuff

“Shreli portrays Elvis as a vulnerable, uncertain schemer driven by necessity, a man performing the empty dance of Reagan’s American Dream atop the nightmare black bruise of America’s post-recession.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

21. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book (2016)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“Favreau’s The Jungle Book tells a familiar story for a new generation through the near exclusive use of cutting edge computer generated imagery while managing to still deliver a timeless coming of age story to please viewers of all ages.” (Read Sean K. Cureton’s full review)

20. Hush

Hush

Netflix

“Decidedly unflashy and built on the careful balance of its performances, script, and direction, Hush is a modern slasher movie classic that’s not to be missed.” (Read Richard Newby’s full review)

19. Captain America: Civil War

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“Although Captain America: Civil War struggles to balance the colossal cast of characters and the plot serves as a largely inconsequential stepping stone, the action and the introduction of some pivotal new characters are enough to satisfy most expectations.” (Read Beth Reynolds’ full review)

18. Zootopia

Zootopia

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Zootopia is a funny, thrilling, intelligent, and relevant film. It continues Disney’s recent push for more diverse and more modern approaches to their classic roots, but its execution and ambition easily put it at the top of Disney Animation’s Resurgence era.” (Read Anton Reyes’ full review)

17. X-Men: Apocalypse

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

X-Men: Apocalypse is a pop culture smorgasbord of all things X-Men, providing not only the moments fans of the film and comics want to see on screen, but the moments we never dreamed Singer would actually tackle.” (Read Richard Newby’s full review)

16. Sing Street

Sing Street

The Weinstein Company

Sing Street is an wild and charming, but still grounded and emotionally resolute, coming of age film.” (Read Jason Ooi’s full review)

15. Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

Broad Green Pictures

Knight of Cups is divine, exalted work.” (Read Jason Ooi’s full review)

14. Tickled

Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures

“Even if this non-fiction exercise has elected to present its evil entity with a more virtual and invisible mutant skin over the standard slasher mask, the movie is positioned to end up as the year’s best monster flick.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

13. Midnight Special

Midnight Special

Warner Bros. Pictures

“On his current trajectory, we can be sure that the still-young Nichols has plenty of great film accomplishments ahead of him, but his eventual legacy will be permanently connected to one screen performer’s expression.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

12. High Rise

High-RIse

Magnet Releasing

High-Rise is shockingly dark, even for a Ben Wheatley film, and likely his funniest film. This film is definitely not for everyone, and will likely be divisive, but there is a specific madness to the proceedings that will keep you thinking about it long after the credits.” (Read Jack Godwin’s full review)

11. The Invitation

Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films

The Invitation is top-tier modern horror and its final shot will leave you reeling not only because of its shock, but because of its honest foundation in the human spirit, which may be the most frightening place of all when broken.” (Read Richard Newby’s full review)

10. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Netflix

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is a marvelous return-to-form from Reubens in the star role which he created nearly three decades ago that returns seemingly un-aged, as the film moves with a rapidity and grace largely unheard of in today’s climate of frequently confrontational studio comedy fare.” (Read Sean K. Cureton’s full review)

9. The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Warner Bros. Pictures

“”“They don’t make’em like they used to,” you might expect the film to say before realizing that… yeah, they do. At least Shane Black does, and in some ways, he makes them even better.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

8. Neighbors 2

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Universal Pictures

“Is Neighbors 2 a strictly necessary film? Did this story need to be told? Maybe not, but there sure is a lot to be said for a major studio film starring A-list celebrities that tackles young women’s struggles without fear and lets them deliver the punch lines instead of being them.” (Read Schyler Martin’s full review)

7. Weiner

IFC Films

IFC Films

“Weiner is a one-of-a-kind political documentary which, between moments of awkward hilarity, explains the psychology of the modern politician in clearer terms than have ever existed.” (Read David Shreve’s full review)

6. 10 Cloverfield Lane

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

“The past eight years have been a slow boil, and the country is finally starting to bubble over. So goes 10 Cloverfield Lane – every frame is rife with tension, and the tidy compositions add to the nerviness.” (Read Josh Rosenfield’s Full Review)

5. Hail, Caesar!

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

Hail, Caesar! is the ultimate Coen Brothers film – a profound, dense, hilarious, and absurdist take on ideology and faith.” (Read Josh Rosenfield’s full review)

4. The Lobster

The Lobster

A24

The Lobster is a masterclass in both world-building and deadpan humor. It is unlikely that there will be a more bizarrely hilarious, touching, and intelligent movie experience this year.” (Read Ryan MacLean’s full review)

3. Everybody Wants Some!!

Everybody Want Some

Paramount Pictures

“Filled with heart and intelligence in equal measure, Everybody Wants Some!! provides a confident and often hysterical look and college life in the 1980s.” (Read Ryan MacLean’s full review)

2. Green Room

A24

A24

“An intense, bloody, and smart thriller, Green Room sets a new high bar for modern grindhouse and showcases Jeremy Saulnier as a skilled director.” (Read Ryan MacLean’s full review)

1. The Witch

The Witch

A24

“Anchored by magnetic performances, unsettling imagery, and a spiritual reawakening of the forces that America was built upon, Robert Eggers’ The Witch is an orgasmic orchestration of sin.” (Read Richard Newby’s full review)