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Believe it or not, there have been plenty of standout films released so far this year—and from some very unlikely places. Here are the best of the best.

 

THE DAILY BEAST – People whine ad nauseam about the flaming bags of dog shit that the major Hollywood studios leave on their proverbial doorstep every summer (OK, most of winter and spring, too). They’re not wrong. Your typical first-half movie boasts more dodgy storylines and stunted logic than a Trump rally, and 2016 has been no exception. We have been sadistically subjected to laugh-free comedies like Zoolander 2, Dirty Grandpa, and Adam Sandler’s The Do-Over; the bloated disasterpieces Batman v Superman and Gods of Egypt; and whatever the hell Nina was. Sad!

 

But it hasn’t been all bad. Yes, many fine films have seen the light of day in the months before Oscar season kicks off—you just had to look hard to find them.

 

So without further ado, here are The Daily Beast’s best movies of 2016 so far.

 

6. The Invitation (Dir. Karyn Kusama)

 

 

Since her thrilling indie debut Girlfight, Karyn Kusama has been chewed up and spit out by Hollywood (Aeon Flux, anyone?), but with The Invitation she reminds us how gifted a filmmaker she is. The setup is simple enough: Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his new girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are, along with other close friends, invited to a dinner party in the Hollywood Hills hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and new hubby David (Michiel Huisman). Eden has been off-grid for two years, as both she and Will struggled to come to terms with the death of their child. Over the course of the evening, Will becomes increasingly suspicious of Eden’s erratic behavior, and convinces himself that this invitation was not to a dinner party, but something far more disturbing. Kusama is a master-builder of tension, upping it inch by inch until it hits its breaking point, culminating in a finale that will leave you breathless.

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ESQUIREHe talks about researching cults, perfecting his American accent, and, yes, Jon Snow’s fate.

 

To gaze upon Michiel Huisman’s IMDB page is to feel a deep shame for all the moments you waste during your brief time on this earth.

 

In the past five years alone, the Netherlands-born actor has romanced Khaleesi on Game of Thrones, Rayna Jaymes on Nashville, and Cheryl Strayed in the film adaptation of Wild. (OK, that last one may stretch the definition of romance a tad, but the point still stands.) He’s also hung out with the clones on Orphan Black, helped Brad Pitt fight zombies in World War Z and struggled with addiction and jazz on his breakthrough role in Treme.

 

When Esquire called him on location in Bucharest, he was hard at work on a new miniseries. But he nonetheless took some time to talk about The Invitation, the twisty and tense psychological thriller from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama, in which a small California dinner party slowly reveals itself to be something a bit more sinister. Huisman has plays his fair share of charming rogues before, but as David he gets to be both unnervingly polite and—spoiler alert—a touch evil. Esquire talked with him about cults, grief, and mastering an American accent—and he was also gracious enough to answer a Game of Thrones question. (There are some light spoilers for The Invitation in this interview, but anyone who has ever seen a film could figure out that the something crazy has to happen at the dinner party—otherwise no one would bother showing up on set.)

 

What attracted you to this project?

 

Well, a couple of things. We shot this movie right after I had done The Age of Adaline, which is this very romantic movie that came out last year. I was really up for doing the opposite: something dark and with an ensemble cast. I also liked the idea of Karyn Kusama returning to more of an independent movie like the one she started out with, Girlfight, which was really strong. That, and a couple of things about the story: the understandable philosophy of letting go of your grief, but then taking that way too far, which actually is kind of dangerous.

 

The movie presents a dichotomy in which your character purges guilt and regret and it makes him murderous, while the protagonist can’t let go at all and he can’t move forward in life.

 

Yeah, exactly. So what is the answer to the healthy state of mind? It’s probably somewhere in the middle, yeah?

 

You’ve been working a great deal in the last several years, in lots of different roles. Is this your first time playing…if not the villain, then the antagonist?

 

Yeah, actually. I think so. I’ve played bad boys on multiple occasions, but never the one that goes this far—without spoiling anything, of course. But that was also interesting about the project and the character for me.

 

Was that something you were attracted to, to be not morally ambiguous but…

 

Yeah, to a certain extent I was. But I think what attracted me to David’s evilness was the fact that he doesn’t really show that. He tries to be the opposite. He tries to be very understandable and very gentle to the other people, so he’s not the baddie, and it’s not necessarily like we see it coming. I thought it was going to be fun and a challenge to portray that, and go against what you expect from the bad guy in the movie.

 

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Today is the day to see The Invitation, either in theaters or Video on Demand. In case its not playing in a theater near you, you can get it on VOD here:

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POPSUGAR – If you like suspenseful movies involving creepy characters and cults, there’s a new film that’s right up your alley. It’s called The Invitation, and it’ll chill you to the bone. Logan Marshall-Green stars as Will, a man still grieving a major loss, who returns to the home he used to share with his now-ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard). Yeah, that already sounds awkward, doesn’t it? He’s actually going there for a dinner party she’s hosting with her new beau, David (Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman) — peak awkwardness.

 

Because this is a thriller, it’s not just about uncomfortable human interaction. Things get downright weird when Eden and David reveal they’ve been enlightened by a group of free-spirited people who participate in a way of life called The Invitation. You’ll have to see the movie (opening this Friday) to find out what happens next, but we do have some intel on what you should expect. We got the chance to speak with Huisman and director Karyn Kusama, so here’s what you need to know about the movie — directly from them.

 

1. It’ll hit you right from the first scene: Without giving to much away, the movie has quite the opening sequence. “Part of what made that scene interesting, I hope on screen but definitely on the page, was the sense that this surprise comes out of nowhere,” said Kusama. “That’s such the experience of living in Los Angeles, at least on the East side. When you’re driving, there’s this sense that anything can lurk out of the shadows and jump in front of your car. I feel like that’s a metaphor for some of the issues in the film: the trauma and surprise of grief and sorrow. The sharp turns that it makes you take in your life.”

 

2. Huisman researched real cults to prep for the film: “There’s not one particular cult that this was inspired by, but I read a lot about all these different cults,” said Huisman. “Even the famous ones, like the Manson family. I tried to do a little research there to understand what it is that the people who follow them find in them.”

 

3. It couldn’t have been set anywhere but Los Angeles: While Huisman called out the “mysterical vibe” that LA has, Kusama got into the nitty gritty of why the movie only makes sense to take place there: “Los Angeles and Southern California, and perhaps even California generally, attracts a dreamer personality or a searcher personality. Part of the seduction and the promise of Los Angeles is that it’s a place where you can remake yourself and start all over again. The film is really trafficking in both the well-known histories and mythologies of LA in terms of its fringe movements and fringe belief systems, but also this general hope and idealism that comes with living here, that’s so much about the reinvention of the self.”

 

4. The ending is unpredictable: “Movies like this need to have an end that stays with you,” said Huisman. “When I read the script, the end of it was so great that I was dying to be a part of it.” It does, however, explore a lot before it gets to that final punch. “I never felt impatient with it because I was so interested by the emotional story and the unraveling story between the husband and wife of Will and Eden,” said Kusama. “I was always really gripped by the emotional suspense of the story. . . . You have to wait for it.”

 

5. It’s not your typical thriller: “I was intrigued by the idea of letting go as a form of salvation and what happens when you take that too far,” said Huisman. “I thought it was a different approach to the usual thriller concept. It’s very psychological. And in the end, it’s very scary.”

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AV CLUB – You’re invited… to a special advance screening of The Invitation. From Karyn Kusama, the film sees the director of Aeon Flux and Jennifer’s Body switching gears a bit, offering up a tense, intimate psychological thriller that unravels over the course of one evening. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, and the frequently unsettling John Carroll Lynch, The Invitation is a slow-burn chamber piece take on California death cults. When our own Katie Rife caught the film at last fall’s Fantastic Fest, she called it one of the best movies she’d seen that day and praised Kusama’s deft manipulation of mood.

 

Ahead of it’s theatrical run, Drafthouse Films and Rooftop Film Club are hosting a special screening of The Invitation at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on April 5. The event will feature pre-movie cocktails and a Q&A with Kusama and some of the film’s cast and crew. If you’re itching to RSVP to this one, then you’re in luck—The A.V. Club is giving away five pairs of tickets to this one-of-a-kind screening. For your chance to win, simply send an email to avcontests@theonion.com with the subject line “The Invitation.” Please be sure to include your full name in the body of the email. Must be 21+ to enter. We’ll select our winners at random from our eligible entries on Thursday, March 31 and email them shortly thereafter with further information. Note: The event starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and winners should arrive early as seating is first come, first serve and not guaranteed. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.

 

“In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and her new husband, David’s (Michiel Huisman, Game Of Thrones) dinner party. The pair’s tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will—and the audience—are unsure what threats are real or imagined.”

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