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Monday
Dec252017

2018 Films, alphabetically (with grades)

19 Films Screened (Thus Far)
Title (Director) Grade - Grades represented Nathaniel's take, they do not always correlate with the reviews themselves if another contributor wrote it. 
Last Update: 4/21/18

15 Released / Screened
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) B+ Podcast
Blame (Quinn Shephard) B Review 

Endless, The 
(Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) C- Review 
I Feel Pretty (Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein) B
Isle of Dogs
(Wes Anderson) B+ Appropriation or Homage, A Japanese viewpoint, Berlinale
Love Simon (Greg Berlanti) B ReviewScreenplay

Pacific Rim: Uprising
(Steven S DeKnight) C Capsule 
A Quiet Place (John Krasinski) B+ Review2nd Opinion, Screenplay
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) C- Review
Saturday Church (Damon Cardasis) B 
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh) C+ Capsule

Western  (Valeska Grisebach) A- Review 
Where is Kyra (Andrew Domanascenu) B Review 
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay) C+ Review 
Zama (Lucretia Martel) C Review2nd "A" opinion 

Reviewed by Team Member (Nathaniel Hasn't Yet Seen)
15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood) Eric's Review 
Chappaquiddick (John Curran) Jason's Review
China Hustle, The (Jeff Rothstein) Glenn's Review
Cloverfield Paradox, The (Julius Onah) Spencer's Review 
Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Chris's Review 
Fifty Shades Freed (James Foley) Chris's Review 
Game Night (John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) Chris's Review 
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes) Glenn's Review
Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh) Eric's Review 
Leaning Into the Wind () Glenn's Review
Lodgers, The (Brian O'Malley) Chris's Review 
Permission (Brian Crano) Jason's Review 
Red Sparrow (Francis Lawrence) Eric's Review 
Rider, The (Chloe Zhao) John's Review 
Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley) Spencer's Review

XX

Screened. But Not Yet Released
1985
(Yen Tan) B- (SXSW)
Miseducation of Cameron Post, The (Desiree Akhavan) B- (August, 2018)
Racer and the Jailbird (Michael R Roskam) C+ Review Dist: Neon (TBA 2018)
Wife, The (Bjorn Runge) B Review Dist: Sony Pictures Classics (August, 2018)

Not Yet Released. Reviewed by Team Member
The Dark (Justin P Lange) Jason's Review
I Am Evidence (Trish Adlesic & Geeta Gandbhir) Glenn's Review
The Night Eats the World (Dominique Rocher) Jason's Review 
Obey (Jamie Jones) Jason's Review
To Dust
(Shawn Snyder) Jason's Review
Yours in Sisterhood
(Irene Lusztig) Glenn's Review
[Slamdance Documentaries] Glenn's Reviews 

Monday
Dec252017

2017 Films, Alphabetically (with grades)

117 Films Screened (Thus Far)
Title (Director) Grade* Review 
Last Update: 02/28/2018
Grades represented Nathaniel's take (they do not always correlate with the reviews themselves if another contributor wrote it) 

104 THEATRICAL OR STREAMING RELEASE

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

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

Baby Driver (Edgar Wright) B+ Review
Bad Batch, The (Ana Lily Armipour) C-/D+ Review
Battle of the Sexes  (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) B+ Podcast, Capsule
Baywatch (Seth Gordon) D+ Reviewish 
Beach Rats  (Eliza Hittman) B ReviewPodcast
Beauty and the Beast
  (Bill Condon) C- Review 
Beguiled, The  (Sofia Coppola) B-  Podcast
Big Sick, The (Michael Showalter)  Review
Blade Runner 2049  (Denis Villeneuve) B Capsule, Short Films 
Bombshell: The Story of Hedy Lamarr (Alexandra Dean) B Review
Boss Baby (Tom McGrath) B Review 
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) A  Review 
Breadwinner, The  (Nora Twomey) B²  Review 


Call Me By Your Name 
 (Luca Guadagnino) B+² "I'm Armie", on intimacy
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie  (David Soren) B-
Catfight 
(Onur Tikel) C+ Review, 2nd Opinion 
Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina B+ Review, Feeling Seen
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) C+ Review, Production Design
Commune, The  (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) B+ Review 

Darkest Hour   (Joe Wright) B+³ Review 
Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, The  (David France) C+ Review
Detroit
(Katherine Bigelow) C+  Podcast 
Disaster Artist, The (James Franco) C 
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) B Review
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan) B  Podcast

Fantastic Woman, A  (Sebastian Lelio) B+  Review
Fifty Shades Darker
 (James Foley) C- Reviewish
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool  (Paul McGuigan) B²  Capsule 
Florida Project, The (Sean Baker) A- Chris's Review, Jason's Take
Frantz (François Ozon, France) B+ Review, Production Design
 

Get Out  (Jordan Peele) A-² Review, Production Design 
Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders) C+ 
Gifted (Marc Webb) B- 
Girl's Trip (Malcolm D Lee) B  Review, Podcast
Glass Castle, The (Destin Cretton) C Review
God's Own Country  (Francis Lee) B+  Best Actors 
Greatest Showman, The (Michael Gracey) B² Review, Another Musical Hit
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) B- Review 
 

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

iBoy  (Adam Randall) D-  
Ingrid Goes West
  (Matt Spicer) B+  Review, on the screenplay
It 
(Andy Muschietti) B- Review
I, Tonya 
(Craig Gillespie) C- Review 

Justice League  (Zach Snyder) C-  Review

Kedi
 (Ceyda Torun) A- Review, 2nd Opinion 
Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) B Review
Kong: Skull Island  (Jordan Vogt-Roberts) C  Review 

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) A² Review, 2nd Opinon 
Lady Macbeth
 (William Oldroyd) B+ Review
Land of Mine 
 (Martin Pieter Zandvliet) B Interview
Last Flag Flying  (Richard Linklater) C+  Capsule, Podcast
Lego Batman  (Chris McKay) B- 
Life  (Daniel Espinosa) C+  Review
Logan  (James Mangold) B Review 
Lost City of Z (James Gray) B Review, 2nd Opinion, Production Design  
Loveless  (Andrey Zvyagintsev) B+/A- Capsule
Lovers, The (Azazel Jacobs) B+ Review 
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) D+ Review

Menashe (Joshua Weinstein) B- Review 
Molly's Game (Aaron Sorkin) C+ 
mother!
(Darren Aronofsky) ABCDF² Review, Podcast
Mountain Between Us (Hany Abu-Assad) C- Review 
Mudbound (Dee Rees) B-  CapsuleReview, 2nd Opinion 
Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh)
My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell) B- Podcast
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw) C+ Review 

Novitiate (Maggie Betts) B-  Review

Okja (Bong Joon-ho) B- Reviewish
Ornithologist, The (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) B Review 

Paris 05:59 (Olivier Ducastel & Jacques MartineauB Review2nd Opinion 
Personal Shopper
(Olivier Assayas) B Review 
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson) B 
Post, The (Steven Spielberg) B Review
Power Rangers (Dean Israelite) D+ 
Princess Cyd
(Stephen Cone) B+
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
(Angela Robinson) B Podcast

Roman J Israel Esq Dan Gilroy C+ on Denzel

Sense of an Ending, The (Ritesh Batra) C+ Review, Interview 
Shape of Water, The (Guillermo del Toro) Capsule 
Snatched (Jonathan Levine) C Review 
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) B- Review, Podcast
Split (M Night Shyamalan) C+  Interview 
Square, The (Ruben Ostlund) B 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) B² Review, Queer Take, Podcast, Top Box Office of the Year
Sweet Virginia (Jamie M Dagg) B Review  

Thelma (Joachim Trier) B+/A- Review 
Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) B+ Review 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh) B Review 
Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski) C+ 

Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears) B- Capsule

Wall, The (Doug Liman) C+ 
War of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) B
Wedding Plan, The (Rama Burshtein) B+ 
Wind River
(Taylor Sheridan) B Review 
Wonder (Stephen Chbosky) B
Wonder Wheel
(Woody Allen)  Podcast 
Wonder Woman
(Patty Jenkins) B+² Review, Alamo DrafthouseTen Fav Things
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) B Review 
Wound, The (John Trengrove) C+

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

13 UNRELEASED. (NO US DISTRIBUTION)

ICE MOTHER

Euphoria (Lisa Langseth) C Review Future Perfect, The (Nele Wohlatz, Argentina) A- Review (TBA) Happiness Academy (Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, France) B- Review (TBA)  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) C+ Review (TBA), Seen and Unseen, The (Kamila Andini) A- Review (TBA), Sexy Durga (Sanalkumar Sasidharan) D+ Review (TBA), On Body and Soul (Ildiko Enyedi) B+ Review (streaming only but in 2018) Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama) B- Review (TBA), Spoor (Agnieska Holland) B (TBA), Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson) C+ (TBA)

NATHANIEL DID NOT SEE BUT REVIEWED BY A TEAM MEMBER 

THEATRICALLY RELEASED OR STREAMING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James) Glenn's Review 
All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott) Chris' Review
Brad's Status (Mike White) Murtada's Review
Casting Jon Benet (Kitty Green) Glenn's Review
Circle, The (James Ponsoldt) Eric's Review 
Chuck (Philippe Falardeau) Jason's Review 
Contemporary Color (Bill & Turner Ross) Glenn's Review
A Cure For Wellness (Gore Verbinski) Spencer's Review
Dark Tower, The (Nikolaj Arcel) Chris's Review
Death of Louis XIV, The (Albert Serra) Bill's Review
Emoji Movie, The (Tony Leondis) Sean's Review
Everything Everything (Stella Meghie) Chris's Review
Exception, The (David Leveaux) Jason's Review
Faces Places (Agnes Varda & JR) Murtada's Review
First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie) Nick's Review
Five Came Back (Laurent Bouzereau) Glenn's Review
Gaga Five Foot Two (Chris Moukarbel) Glenn's Review
God Knows Where I Am (Jed & Todd Wider) Glenn's Review
Good Time (Safdie Brothers) Spencer's Review 
Happy End (Michael Haneke) Chris's Review
Inconvenient Sequel, An (Bonnie Cohen & Jon Shenk) Glenn's Review
It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults) Chris's Review 
Jane (Brett Morgen) Glenn's Review
Last Man in Aleppo (Firas Fayyad) Glenn's Review
The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) Chris's Review
Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh) Chris's Review
My Friend Dahmer (Marc Meyers) Jason's Review
Obit (Vanessa Gould) Glenn's Review
One of Us (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady) Glenn's Review
The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) Glenn's Review
Risky Business (Laura Poitras) Glenn's Review
The Snowman (Tomas Alfredson) Eric's Review
Song to Song (Terence Malick) Eric's Review 
Super Dark Times (Kevin Phillips) Jason's Review 
Strong Island (Yance Ford) Glenn's Review
Table 19 (Jeffrey Blitz) Chris's Review 
Thirst Street (Nathan Silver) Jason's Review
Thy Father's Chair (Alex Lora & Antonio Tibaldi) Glenn's Review
Unforgettable (Denise di Novi) Jorge's Review 
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Luc Besson) Dan's Review
Wilson
 (Daniel Clowes) Spencer's Review
Woodshock (Kate and Laura Mulleavy) Chris's Review

UNRELEASED
Documentaries at 2017 Slamdance 
Glenn's ReviewAll This Panic (Jenny Gage) Glenn's ReviewDeparture (Andrew Steggall) Glenn's ReviewDog Years (Adam Rifkin) Jason's ReviewHounds of Love (Ben Young) Jason's ReviewNever Steady Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn) Sean's Review), Nobody's Watching (Julia Solomonoff) Jason's Review , Pilgrimage (Brendan Muldowney) Jason's Review, Political Animals (Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares) Glenn's ReviewPsychopaths (Mickey Keating) Jason's Review, Revenge (Coralie Fargeat) Chris's Review,  Rock'n'Roll (Guillauime Canet) Jason's ReviewTigre (Ulises Porra & Sylvia Schnicer) Sean's ReviewUntold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Jennifer M Kroot) Glenn's Review

Monday
Dec252017

2017 Films, By Grade

RELEASED FILMS ONLY (THEATRICAL OR VOD)
By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 1/07/2018

A  /  A-  / B+ Favorites. Special. See Them

TOP TEN

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch) ReviewPodcast 
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
(Robin Campillo) Review
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright) Review
Battle of the Sexes  (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) PodcastCapsule
Call Me By Your Name  (Luca Guadagnino) "I'm Armie
Florida Project, The (Sean Baker) Chris's ReviewJason's Take
Get Out  (Jordan Peele) ReviewProduction Design 
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Review2nd Opinon 
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
mother!  (Darren Aronofsky)   ReviewPodcast
Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone) 

other favorites

Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina)
Darkest Hour   (Joe Wright) Review (NOV 22nd)
Florida Project, The (Sean Baker) Chris's ReviewJason's Take
Frantz (François Ozon, France) ReviewProduction Design
God's Own Country  (Francis Lee)
Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer)
Kedi (Ceyda Torun)
Loveless  (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Thelma (Joachim Trier)  Review 
Wedding Plan, The (Rama Burshtein) 
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) ReviewAlamo DrafthouseTen Fav Things

unreleased but they'd fall here
Future Perfect, The (Nele Wohlatz, Argentina) Review 
Seen and Unseen, The (Kamila Andini) Review 

B+ | B Also Strong. See Them.


 

Beach Rats  (Eliza Hittman) ReviewPodcast
Big Sick, The (Michael Showalter)  Review
Boss Baby (Tom McGrath) Review 
Commune, The  (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark)  Review 
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan) Podcast 
Fantastic Woman, A (Sebastian Lelio) Review
Girls Trip (Malcolm D Lee) ReviewPodcast
Land of Mine (Martin Pieter Zandvliet)  Interview
Lost City of Z (James Gray) Review2nd OpinionProduction Design
Lovers, The (Azazel Jacobs) Review 
Ornithologist, The (Joao Pedro Rodrigues)  Review 
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) Review 
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Angela Robinson) Podcast 
Shape of Water, The (Guillermo del Toro)  Capsule 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh) 
Wonder (Stephen Chbosky)

unreleased but they'd fall here
Ice Mother (Bohdan Sláma) 
Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert) Review  

B  |  B-
Worth Seeing. Recommended With Reservations


Beguiled, The  (Sofia Coppola)  Podcast
Blade Runner 2049  (Denis Villeneuve) CapsuleShort Films 
Bombshell: The Story of Hedy Lamarr (Alexandra Dean) 
Breadwinner, The (Nora Twomey) Review 
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie  (David Soren)
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) Review 
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan)  Capsule 
Greatest Showman, The (Michael Gracey)
Handsome Devil (Robert Butler, Ireland)  ReviewInterview 
Logan (James Mangold)  Review 
Mudbound (Dee Rees) Review
Paris 05:59 (Olivier Ducastel & Jacques MartineauReview2nd Opinion 
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Post, The (Steven Spielberg)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) ReviewPodcast 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson)
Sweet Virginia
 (Jamie M Dagg)  Review 
War of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) 
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan) Review
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen) 
Zookeeper's Wife, The (Niki Caro) Review

unreleased but they'd fall here
Spoor 
(Agnieska Holland) 

B- | C+  They have their moments. But make sure you're in the right mood


Abundant Acreage Available (Angus Maclachlan) Review 
Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)  Review 
Catfight (Onur Tikel) Review2nd Opinion 
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) ReviewProduction Design 
Gifted (Marc Webb)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) Review 
Hero, The (Brett Haley) 
It (Andy Muschietti)
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater)
Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Menashe (Joshua Weinstein)  Review 
Molly's Game (Aaron Sorkin) 
My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell) Podcast 
Novitiate (Maggie Betts)
Roman J Israel Esq (Dan Gilroy)
Sense of an Ending, The (Ritesh Batra) ReviewInterview 
Split (M Night Shyamalan)  Interview 
Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski) 
V
ictoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears)  Capsule 
The Wound (John Trengove)

unreleased but they'd fall here
Happiness Academy
 (Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, France) Review  
Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour) Review 
Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama) Review 

C    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, The (David France)  Review
Detroit (Katherine Bigelow)  Podcast 
Disaster Artist (James Franco)
Ghost in the Shell
 (Rupert Sanders) 
Glass Castle, The (Destin Cretton) Review
Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts)  Review 
Life (Daniel Espinosa) Review 
Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh)
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
 
(Dash Shaw) Review
Snatched (Jonathan Levine) Review 
Wall, The (Doug Liman) 

 

C- | D+ Nah, no thanks. (But sometimes "Bad movies we love")


Beauty and the Beast  (Bill Condon) Review 
Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley) Reviewish
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) Review 
Justice League (Zach Snyder)
Mountain Between Us (Hany Abu-Assad) Review 
Power Rangers (Dean Israelite) 

unreleased but they'd fall here
Endless, The (Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) Review
Euphoria (Lisa Langseth) Review
Sexy Durga (Sanalkumar Sasidharan) Review

 

D | D - | F Make it stop

Bad Batch, The (Ana Lily Armipour) Review
Baywatch (Seth Gordon) Reviewish 
i
Boy (Adam Randall)  

unreleased but they'd fall here
Kings (Denis Gamze Erguven) Review