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20: The Witch

Robert Eggers' deeply unsettling directorial debut seethes with puritanical dread rather than relying on "quiet quiet bang" scares, and while its arcane language and slow pace may frustrate casual Halloween horror audiences, it takes a special sort of film to make a goat absolutely terrifying. Sorry 'The Shallows' Steven Seagull, animal performance of the year belongs to demon goat Black Philiip.

The 20 best movies of 2016

2016 has been a pretty lousy year in the real world. We’ve lost countless stars of stage and screen, headlines from around the world have been relentlessly grim, and the less said about global politics the better.

Life has been much kinder inside the safe and cosy confines of the cinema, where we’ve been gently reminded that everything will be OK in the end. Here’s Yahoo Movies UK’s favourite films of 2016 collated from the personal Top 10 lists of our most trusted contributors. How many have you seen?

Contributors: Ben Arnold, Ben Bussey, Tom Butler, Jody Clark, Ben Falk, Ryan Leston, Stefan Pape, Rebecca Perfect, Ben Skipper, Mike P Williams, Gregory Wakeman, Rob Young.

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