People keep telling me at parties that “nothing all that good has opened so far this year.” They’re wrong, they’re lazy and they need to wake up. Some of the following picks are about to open or have only shown at festivals, okay, but enough with the talk about this being a dry year. There’s been (or will be soon) Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, Jacques Audiard’s The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, the first two-thirds of Wedding Crashers, Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener, Paul Haggis’s Crash, Ridley Scott’s entirely decent Kingdom of Heaven; Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man and The White Diamond, Marilyn Agrelo’s Mad Hot Ballroom, Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man, Sebastian Cordero’s Cronicas, Hans Petter Moland’s The Beautiful Country, The Aristocrats (not funnier than Wedding Crashers, but a different kind of funny), Woody Allen’s Match Point (only shown at Cannes so far, coming in the fall) and Woody’s not-quite-as-good but still commendable Melinda and Melinda, 95% of War of the Worlds (i.e., without the ending), Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino, Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter, Gunner Palace and Mike Binder’s The Upside of Anger. 22 films so far that have definitely cut the mustard or better, and there’s five and a half months to go.