5. Silence – Dante Ferretti
For those vast yet confining spaces of the time that always feel a little disconcerting.
4. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
For her staggering commitment to detail, whether you notice it or not.
3. Arrival – Patrice Vermette
For some truly iconic imagery, including a first human-to-alien encounter that is visually absorbing.
2. Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor
For mashing together musicals, westerns, film noir and even sophisticated comedies of manners so acutely.
1. Kubo and the Two Strings – Nelson Lowry
For visuals that are unparalleled: a sword battle with a giant Gashadokuro, an underwater escape surrounded by floating eyeballs or a climactic stand-off with a serpent-like moon beast, each sequence is as breathtaking as the last.
Runner Up: High Rise – Mark Tildesey
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