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2018 Films, alphabetically (with grades)

2 Films Screened (Thus Far)
Title (Director) Grade* Review 
Last Update: 09/21/17
Grades represented Nathaniel's take, they do not always correlate with the reviews themselves if another contributor wrote it. 

Racer and the Jailbird (Michael R Roskam) C+ Review Dist: Neon. TBA
(Valeska Grisebach) A- Review Dist: Cinema Guild. TBA


2017 Films, Alphabetically (with grades)

82 Films Screened (Thus Far)
Title (Director) Grade* Review 
Last Update: 09/21/17
Grades represented Nathaniel's take, they do not always correlate with the reviews themselves if another contributor wrote it. 


Abundant Acreage Available (Angus Maclachlan) B- Review 
Alien: Covenant
(Ridley Scott) C+ Review 
Atomic Blonde (David Leitch) B+ Review 

Baby Driver (Edgar Wright) B+ Review
Bad Batch, The (Ana Lily Armipour) C-/D+ Review
Baywatch (Seth Gordon) D+ Reviewish 
Beach Rats  (Eliza Hittman) B Review
Beauty and the Beast
  (Bill Condon) C- Review 
Big Sick, The (Michael Showalter) Review
Boss Baby (Tom McGrath) B Review

Call Me By Your Name
 (Luca Guadagnino) B+ (NOVEMBER 24TH)
Catfight (Onur Tikel) C+ Review, 2nd Opinion 
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) C+ Review 
Commune, The (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) B+ Review 

Darkest Hour (Joe Wright) B+ Review (NOVEMBER 22nd)
Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, The (David France) C+ (OCTOBER 6TH NETFLIX)
(Katherine Bigelow) B- 
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) B Review (DECEMBER 22nd)
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan) B

Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley) C- Reviewish
Frantz (François Ozon, France) B+ Review 

Get Out (Jordan Peele) B+ Review 
Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders) C+ 
Girl's Trip (Malcolm D Lee) B Review
Glass Castle, The (Destin Cretton) C Review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) B- Review 

Handsome Devil (Robert Butler, Ireland) B Review, Interview 
Hero, The (Brett Haley) B-

iBoy (Adam Randall) D-  

Kong: Skull Island
(Jordan Vogt-Roberts) C  Review

Land of Mine (Martin Pieter Zandvliet) B Interview 
Life (Daniel Espinosa) C+ Review
(James Mangold) B Review 
Lost City of Z (James Gray) B Review, 2nd Opinion
Lovers, The (Azazel Jacobs) B+ Review 

Menashe (Joshua Weinstein) B- Review 
(Darren Aronofsky) ABCDF² Review 
Mountain Between Us (Hany Abu-Assad) TBA
My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell) B- 
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw) C+ Review

Ornithologist, The (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) B Review 

Paris 05:59 (Olivier Ducastel & Jacques MartineauB Review2nd Opinion 
Personal Shopper
(Olivier Assayas) B Review 
Power Rangers (Dean Israelite) D+ 

Sense of an Ending, The (Ritesh Batra) C+ Review, Interview 
Shape of Water, The (Guillermo del Toro) B/B+ (DECEMBER 8th)
Snatched (Jonathan Levine) Review 
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) B- Review
Split (M Night Shyamalan) C+  Interview 

Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears) TBA

Wall, The (Doug Liman) B- 
War of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) B
Wedding Plan, The (Rama Burshtein) B+ 
Wind River
(Taylor Sheridan) B Review
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) B+² Review, Alamo DrafthouseTen Fav Things

Zookeeper's Wife, The (Niki Caro) B  Review


Blame (Quinn Shephard) B Review (TBA)
Bombshell: The Story of Hedy Lamarr (Alexandra Dean) B (TBA)
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) A (October 20th probabliy)
Breadwinner, The (Nora Twomey) B  Review (November 17th probably)
Endless, The (Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) C- Review
Euphoria (Lisa Langseth) C
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
(December 15th probably)
Future Perfect, The
(Nele Wohlatz, Argentina) B+ Review (TBA)
God's Own Country (Francis Lee) B+ (Oct 27th probably)
Happiness Academy
(Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, France) Review (TBA) 
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) C Review (probably 2017 qualifier)
Ice Mother (Bohdan Sláma) B (TBA)
Kings (Denis Gamze Erguven) D Review (TBA)
Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert) B+ Review TBA
Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour) B- Review (TBA)
On Body and Soul (Ildiko Enyedi) B+ Review (TBA)
Saturday Church
(Damon Cardasis) B/B+ (TBA)
Seen and Unseen, The (Kamila Andini) A- Review (TBA)
Sexy Durga (Sanalkumar Sasidharan) C-/D+ Review (TBA)
Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama) B-
(Agnieska Holland) B (TBA)
Sweet Virginia
(Jamie M Dagg) B Review (TBA) 
Thelma (Joachim Trier) B+/A- Review (November 10th probably)
Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski) B- (October 13th probably)
Wife, The (Bjorn Runge) B Review (TBA)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel) C (TBA)


Brad's Status (Mike White) Murtada's Review, Casting Jon Benet (Kitty Green) Glenn's Review, The Circle (James Ponsoldt) Eric's Review , Chuck (Philippe Falardeau) Jason's Review, A Cure For Wellness (Gore Verbinski) Spencer's Review, Dark Tower, The (Nikolaj Arcel) Chris's ReviewDeath of Louis XIV, The (Albert Serra) Bill's Review, Emoji Movie, The (Tony Leondis) Sean's ReviewEverything Everything (Stella Meghie) Chris's Review,  Exception, The (David Leveaux) Jason's Review, Five Came Back (Laurent Bouzereau) Glenn's ReviewGod Knows Where I Am (Jed & Todd Wider) Glenn's Review, Good Time (Safdie Brothers) Spencer's Review, Inconvenient Sequel, An (Bonnie Cohen & Jon Shenk) Glenn's ReviewIngrid Goes West (Matt Spicer) Spencer's ReviewIt (Andy Muschietti) Seán's ReviewIt Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults) Chris's ReviewKedi (Ceyda Torun) Glenn's Review, The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Chris's Review, Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh) Chris's ReviewObit (Vanessa Gould) Glenn's Review , The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) Glenn's ReviewSong to Song (Terence Malick) Eric's ReviewTable 19 (Jeffrey Blitz) Chris's ReviewUnforgettable (Denise di Novi) Jorge's ReviewWilson (Daniel Clowes) Spencer's Review 

Documentaries at 2017 Slamdance 
Glenn's ReviewAbacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James) Glenn's ReviewAll This Panic (Jenny Gage) Glenn's Review, Contemporary Color (Bill & Turner Ross) Glenn's Review, Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Chris's ReviewDeparture (Andrew Steggall) Glenn's Review , Dog Years (Adam Rifkin) Jason's ReviewFlorida Project, The (Sean Baker) Chris's Review, Happy End (Michael Haneke) Chris's ReviewHounds of Love (Ben Young) Jason's Review, Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) Chris's ReviewLady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Chris's ReviewLast Man in Aleppo (Firas Fayyad) Glenn's Review, The Lodgers (Brian O'Malley) Chris's ReviewMy Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Jason's Review, Never Steady Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn) Sean's Review), Nobody's Watching (Julia Solomonoff) Jason's ReviewPermission (Brian Crano) Jason's Review , Pilgrimage (Brendan Muldowney) Jason's Review, Political Animals (Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares) Glenn's ReviewPsychopaths (Mickey Keating) Jason's Review, Revenge () Chris's ReviewRock'n'Roll (Guillauime Canet) Jason's ReviewStrong Island (Yance Ford) Glenn's ReviewSuper Dark Times (Kevin Phillips) Jason's ReviewThirst Street (Nathan Silver) Jason's Review, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh) Chris's ReviewTigre (Ulises Porra & Sylvia Schnicer) Sean's ReviewUntold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Jennifer M Kroot) Glenn's Review


2016 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

146 Films Screened | 125 Released
Title (Director) Grade Review 
Last Update: 12/20/2016

Lion is terrific. Go see it!

10 Cloverfield Lane  (Dan Trachtenberg) B  Capsule 
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) A/A-  Reviewish 

Absolutely Fabulous (Mandie Fletcher) B-  Review 
Allied  (Robert Zemeckis) B-/C+ Review
April & The Extraordinary World (Ekinci & Desmares) B  Tim's Review 
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) A- Review 

Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (Eva Husson) B Review 
Batman v Superman
(Zach Snyder) D Review 
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (Lonny Price) B+ Capsule
Bigger Splash, A (Luca Guadagnino) B+ Reviewish, Podcast 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk  (Ang Lee) C- Reviewish & Podcast 
Birth of a Nation, The (Nate Parker) C/C-  
Bleed For This  (Ben Younger) C Capsule
Boss, The (Ben Falcone) C+ Review, McCarthy Posterized 
Bridget Jones's Baby  (Sharon Maguire) C+
Bronze, The
(Bryan Buckley) C+ Capsule

Café Society (Woody Allen) B- Review  
Captain America: Civil War
(Russo Brothers) B² Review 
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) B+/A- Review
Clan, The (Pablo Trapero) B Capsule 
Closet Monster  (Stephen Dunn) B+ Review 
Club, The
(Pablo Larraín) B Capsule
Conjuring 2, The  (James Wan) B-  Production Design

Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) B- Capsule 
Deadpool (Tim Miller) C Reviewish, Production Design 
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) C+ Review 
Desde Allá / From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas) B Review 
Desierto (Jonas Cuaron) D+  Review 
Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson) B-² Review
Disorder (Alice Winocour) Review 
Dressmaker, The (Jocelyn Moorhouse) B²   Capsule 

Eagle Huntress, The (Otto Bell) B-/C+ Capsule
Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) C Review 
Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig) B+  Review
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway)  
 (Paul Verhoeven) A- Review & Podcast
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) A- Review, The Furniture
Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater) B+ Con Review, Pro Review, Podcast, The Furniture

Family Fang, The  (Jason Bateman) B Review 
Fences (Denzel Washington) B+ His & Hers Triumph
Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane) B-  Review
Fits, The  (Anna Rose Holmer) B+ Capsule 
Florence Foster Jenkins (Steven Frears) B²  Review, The Furniture
Founder, The (Michael Keaton) C-
Front Cover (Ray Yeung) B- 

Gayby Baby (Maya Newell) D+
(Michael Grandage) D Review, Capsule
Ghostbusters (Paul Feig) B Review, The Furniture
Girl on the Train, The (Tate Taylor) D+ 
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) B Review
Gods of Egypt (Alex Proyas) D+ Review
Gold (Stephen Gaghan) C-

Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson) C
Hail, Caesar!
(Joel & Ethan Coen) B Posterized, Interview:Score, Prod. Design
Handmaiden, The (Park Chan-Wook) A/A- Podcast 
Hell Or High Water (David Mackenzie) B+ Production Design
Hello, My Name is Doris
(Michael Showalter) B Review 
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) B
(Ben Wheatley) B Review,  Podcast
How to Be Single (Christian Ditter) B- Capsule 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) B/B+ Review, The Furniture
Huntsman: Winter's War, The (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan) C- Review

I Saw The Light (Marc Abraham) D Review 

Jackie (Pablo Larrain) A-/B+²  Review
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) B Review
Jungle Book, The (Jon Favreau) B- Capsule

Keanu (Peter Atencio) C
(Trey Edward Shults) C+ Review
Kubo and the Two Strings
(Travis Knight) B- Review 

La La Land (Damien Chazelle) A-² Capsule 
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) C+ Capsule 
Lazy Eye (Tim Kirkman)
Legend of Tarzan, The (David Yates) C Review
Light Between Oceans, The (Derek Cianfrance) B Capsule 
Lion (Garth Davis) B+ Review
Little Men (Ira Sachs) B+  Review 
Live By Night (Ben Affleck) C The Design Team
Lobster, The (Yorgos Lanthimos) B+ PodcastThe Furniture
Love & Friendship
(Whit Stillman) B+ Review, Podcast, The Furniture
Loving (Jeff Nichols) B/B- Review

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) B Jason's Take, Nathaniel's Take
Midnight Special
(Jeff Nichols) C- Amir's Review 
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Jake Szymanski) C Review 
Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle) C- Review 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Tim Burton) C+ Capsule
Miss Sloane (John Madden) B² Capsule
(Clements, Hall, Musker & Williams) B/B+² Capsule
Monster Calls, A (JA Bayona) C+  Capsule 
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) A/A-² Review
Morris From America (Chad Hartigan) B+ 
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) B Review 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller) B Podcast
Neon Demon, The
(Nicolas Winding Refn) B/D  Review 
Neruda (Pablo Larraín) B+ Review
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) D+ Review, Second Take, Podcast  

Other People (Chris Kelly) B Interview, Review

Patriot's Day (Peter Berg) C+
Pete's Dragon
(David Lowery) B Review
Phantom Boy (Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol) B+ Review 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
(Burr Steers) B- Review 

Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair) B/B+ Review

Red Turtle, The (Michael Dudok de Wit) B+ Review
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards) C+ Review
Rules Don't Apply
(Warren Beatty) C- Capsule

Salesman, The (Asghar Farhadi) B+ Review
Sand Storm (Elite Zexler) C+ Review, Interview
Shallows, The (Jaume Collet-Serra) B Capsule
Sing Street (John Carney) B+ Review, MVP?, Podcast  
Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, US) B Nathaniel's Capsule, Sean's Review
Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)  B  Review, The Furniture
Suicide Squad (David Ayers) D Review
Sully (Clint Eastwood) B- Review
Sunset Song
(Terence Davies) C+ Interview 
Swiss Army Man (Daniels) B Capsule 

Tickled (David Farrier & Dylan Reeve) C Review
Things To Come
(Mia Hansen-Løve) B Review
 (Greg Kwader) B Capsule 
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari) B Review
(Paddy Breathnach) B- 

War, A (Tobias Lindholm) B+ Pilou AsbaekInterview 
Warcraft (Duncan Jones) D+ Posterized, Six Questions
Wave, The (Roar Uthaug) C+ Review 
Witch, The (Robert Eggers) A/A-³ Nathaniel's, Michael's & Eric's Review  

X-Men Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) C- Review, Podcast

Zootopia (Howard, Moore, and Bush) B Reviewish 

See ELLE. You'll have quite the conversation thereafter

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May be moved to next year's screening list if they find a distributor

Apprentice (Boo Junfeng, Singapore) B+ Review
The Arbalest (Adam Pinney, US) C- Capsule 
Banana (Andrea Jublin, Italy) B Capsule 
Blind Sun (Joyce A Nashawati, Greece) C  Capsule 
Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina) B+ Review 
A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner, Argentina) C+ Review
The Fixer (Ian Olds, US) C+ Reviewish 
Mother (Kadri Kõusaar, Estonia) B+ Review 
Pyromaniac (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway) B+ Review
(re)Assignment (Walter Hill, US) D- Review
Santa & Andres
(Carlos Lechuga, Cuba/Colombia) B Review
Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann, US) B- Review 
To Keep The Light (Erica Fae, US) C
The Wedding Ring (Rahmatou Keïta, Niger) B Review 
The Violators (Helen Walsh, Ireland) C+ Capsule 

not theatrically released. Not counted in the total or eligible for awards here
The Blue Hour (Anucha Boonyawatana) C-
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
 (Yuen Woo-Ping) C
Fourth Man Out 
(Andrew Nackman) B-
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
 (Stephen Cone) B
Naz & Maalik
(Jay Dockendorf) B
Those People
(Joey Kuhn) B-