2016 in review: all our coverage

Browse our online polls and round-ups of the year’s best new movies, documentaries, indie animation and (re)issues on DVD and Blu-ray.

The best of the year

  • The best films of 2016

    The best films of 2016

    We asked 163 critics and curators to name their five top movies of the year – and atop what may be our most diverse annual poll yet, the runaway winner is a German comedy…
    Friday 2 December 2016

  • The best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

    The best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

    Three blockbuster restoration-revivals dominate our survey of this year’s best home cinema, as picked out by 32 critics and curators.
    Friday 6 January 2017

  • The best indie animation of 2016

    The best indie animation of 2016

    It was a year rich in features – but even more so in short-form films, if only you could see them. Chris Robinson, Alex Dudok de Wit and Jez Stewart uncover the gems crying out for a place on the bill at your local cinema.
    Friday 6 January 2017

  • The best documentaries of 2016: cinematic nonfiction in the year of nonfact

    The best documentaries of 2016: cinematic nonfiction in the year of nonfact

    As the world entered the post-truth era, documentary film artists embraced ever more levels of formal awareness and complexity. Obfuscation, or the only way through the media maze, asks Robert Greene? Plus: the 25 best documentaries of the year.
    Friday 13 January 2017

  • The superhero movies of 2016: brawl without end?

    The superhero movies of 2016: brawl without end?

    In the year of Batman v Superman v Captain America v Iron Man et al, snarky Deadpool, self-parodying X-Men: Apocalypse and super-grim Suicide Squad, could Doctor Strange show us the door to a better world – or at least a richer class of superhero film? A video essay by Leigh Singer.
    Friday 20 January 2017

Read more round-ups in our January 2017 issue

  • Sight & Sound: the January 2017 issue

    Sight & Sound: the January 2017 issue

    Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land, and a new look at exemplary toe-tapper Gene Kelly. Plus Krzysztof Kieslowski, Issa Rae, Eugène Green, William Kentridge – and our annual year-end roundup.

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