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2018 Films, alphabetically (with grades)

102 Films Screened (That Were Released) + 15 festival only films
Title (Director) Grade. Grades represented Nathaniel's take, they do not always correlate with the reviews themselves if another contributor wrote it. 
Last Update: 01/16/2019


  • Angel, El (Luis Ortega) B Podcast
  • Alex Strangelove (Craig Johnson) C- Qualifying Release / Streaming
  • Annihilation (Alex Garland) B Review
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed) B Capsule
  • Aquaman  (James Wan) C Review
  • Avengers: Infinity War (Russo Brothers) C+  Review 
  • Cakemaker, The (Ofir Raul Graizer) B Interview
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?  (Marielle Heller) B+ Chris's Review
  • Capernaum  (Nadine Labaki) B+ Podcast
  • Children Act, The (Richard Eyre) C+  Capsule
  • Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski) B+ Jason's Review
  • Colette (Wash Westmoreland) C  Capsule
  • Crazy Rich Asians  (Jon M Chu) Review
  • Darkest Minds, The (Jennifer Yuh Nelson) D+ Worst of Year
  • Deadpool 2 (David Leitch) D+ Worst of Year
  • Destroyer (Karyn Kusama) B+ Review, Podcast
  • Disobedience (Sebastian Lelio) B+ Review 
  • Dumplin' (Anne Fletcher) C+ Qualifying Release / Streaming
  • Girl (Lukas Dhont) C+ Streaming only
  • Good Manners (Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas) C+ 
  • Green Book (Peter Farrelly) C+ Review, Podcast, PGA Win
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette  (Jon Olb, Madeleine Parry) B+ Review  Streaming only
  • Happytime Murders, The  (Brian Henson) C- Capsule
  • Hate U Give, The  (George Tillman Jr) B  Review, Podcast
  • Hereditary (Ari Aster) B+ Review, Screenplay
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell) B-
  • Leave No Trace (Debra Granik) B
  • Life of the Party (Ben Falcone) C+ 
  • Love Simon (Greg Berlanti) B² ReviewScreenplay 
  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Ol Parker) B- Review
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall) B+² 
  • Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke) C Review
  • Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour) C+ Review, 2nd Opinion, Interview 
  • Miseducation of Cameron Post, The (Desiree Akhavan) B Interview
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout  (Christopher McQuarrie) Review
  • Mrs Hyde (Serge Bozon) C+ Review  
  • Museo (Alonso Ruiz Palacios) B+ Review
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S DeKnight) C Capsule  
  • Paddington 2 (Paul King) B+ 
  • Racer and the Jailbird (Michael R Roskam) C+ Review 
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston & Rich Moore) C+ 
  • Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) C- Review, Worst of Year
  • Rider, The (Chloe Zhao) B John's Review
  • Roma (Alfonso Cuaron) A-² Review 
  • Ruben Brandt Collector (Milorad Krstic) B Review Qualifying Run
  • Saturday Church (Damon Cardasis) B 
  • Shoplifters (Hirokazu Koreeda) A- Podcast
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser(Ian Samuels) C- Streaming only
  • A Simple Favor  (Paul Feig) B+/A-²  Capsule
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard) B Review 
  • Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley) B+ Chris's Review
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (RamseyPersichetti Jr.& Rothman) B+ Tim's Review
  • Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski) B+
  • Suspiria  (Luca Guadagnino) C+ Podcast
  • A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper) A-² Review 
  • Stan & Ollie (Jon S Baird) B/B+  Review
  • Three Identical Strangers  (Tim Wardle) B Glenn's Review 
  • Tito and the Birds (Bitar, Catoto, Steinberg) C+ Tim's Review Qualifying Run
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Susan Johnson) C+ Streaming only
  • Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug) D+ Worst of Year
  • Tully (Jason Reitman) A- ReviewScreenplay
  • Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson) C+
  • Unsane (Steven Soderbergh) C- Capsule  
  • We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) B+² Review 
  • Western  (Valeska Grisebach) A-/B+ Review 
  • What They Had  (Elizabeth Chomko)
  • Where is Kyra?  (Andrew Domanascenu) B  Review 
  • Wldows (Steve McQueen) B+² Review, Second Look
  • Wife, The (Bjorn Runge) B Review 
  • Wildlife (Paul Dano) A- Review 
  • Wrinkle in Time, A (Ava DuVernay) C+ Review 

15 additional films creened but not released in 2018
(and no solid news on 2019 yet). No streaming or theatrical showings other than festivals

  • Death and Life of John F Donovan (Xavier Dolan) D- -No US Distributor Yet Chris's Review, Worst of Year
  • Discreet (Travis Mathews) F -No US Distributor Yet Worst of Year
  • Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse) B- -No US Distributor Yet Capsule
  • Faithful Man, A (Louis Garrel) B+ -No US Distributor Yet
  • Fig Tree (Alamork Davidian) B -No US Distributor Yet Capsule
  • Howard (Don Hahn) B - Documentary Long List but Not Released
  • Marriage, The (Blerta Zeqiri) B+ Foreign Film Submission
  • Miss Arizona (Autumn McAlpin) C+ No US Distributor Yet
  • Quietud, La (Pablo Trapero) C No US Distributor Yet Review
  • River, The (Emir Baigazin) B+  Capsule
  • Saint Bernard Syndicate, The (Mads Brügger) C- Distributor: Uncork'd TBA Worst of Year
  • Tell it to the Bees (Annabel Jankel) C- No US Distributor Yet Review
  • That Time of Year (Paprika Steen) C+ No US Distributor Yet Review
  • Vita and Virginia (Chanya Button) B- No US Distributor Yet Review
  • Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson) A- Distributor: Magnolia TBA Review Foreign Film Submission


Reviewed by Team Member (Nathaniel Hasn't Seen)
Italics = Still awaiting theatrical release

15:17 to Paris
(Clint Eastwood) Eric's Review 

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, Disco
 (James Crump) Glenn's Review

Bad Reputation
(Kevin Kerslake) Glenn's Review 
Bisbee 17 (Robert Greene) Glenn's Review
Blue My mind (Lisa Brühlmann) Jason's Review
Bulbul Can Sing (Rima Das) Chris's Review
Breaking In (James McTeigue) Chris's Review 

Chained for Life (Aaron Schimberg) Jason's Review
Chappaquiddick (John Curran) Jason's Review
China Hustle, The (Jeff Rothstein) Glenn's Review
Christopher Robin (Marc Forster) Chris's Review
Climax (Gaspar Noe) Chris's Review
Cloverfield Paradox, The (Julius Onah) Spencer's Review Streaming only

Dark, The (Justin P Lange) Jason's Review 
Dark Money (Kimberly Reed) Glenn's Review
Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) Chris's Review 
Devil and Father Amorth, The (William Friedkin) Glenn's Review
Diane (Kent Jones) Jason's Review
Double Lover (François Ozon) Murtada's InterviewProduction Design
Duck Butter (Miguel Arteta) Murtada's Review

Family Tour, A (Ying Liang) Murtada's Review 
Fifty Shades Freed (James Foley) Chris's Review 
Filmworker (Tony Zierra) Glenn's Review

Game Night
(John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) Chris's Review 
Giant Little Ones (Keith Behrman) Chris's Review
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes) Glenn's Review

 (David Gordon Green) Chris's Review
Hearts Beat Loud
(Brett Haley) Soundtracking
Hot to Trot (Gail Freedman) Glenn's Review

I Am Evidence (Trish Adlesic & Geeta Gandbhir) Glenn's Review

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (Justin Kelly) Chris's Review
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom (J A Bayona) Chris's Review 

King, The
(Eugene Jarecki)  Glenn's Review

Lean on Pete
(Andrew Haigh) Eric's Review 
Leaning Into the Wind (Thomas Riedelsheimer) Glenn's Review

Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) Murtada's Review
Little Stranger, The (Lenny Abrahamson) Chris's Review
Lodgers, The (Brian O'Malley) Chris's Review 
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland) Glenn's Review

(Steven Loveridge) Glenn's Review
McQueen (Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui) Glenn's Review
Meg, The (Jon Turteltaub) Chris's Review
Mercury 13 (David Sington and Heather Walsh) Glenn's Review 
Monrovia Indiana (Frederick Wiseman) Glenn's Review

The Night Eats the World (Dominique Rocher) Jason's Review 
Non Fiction (Olivier Assayas) Jason's Review

Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The (Hallström & Johnston) Chris's Review

O.G. (Madeleine Sackler) Murtada's Review
Obey (Jamie Jones) Jason's Review

 (Brian Crano) Jason's Review 
Price of Everything, The (Nathaniel Kahn) Glenn's Review
Private Life
(Tamara Jenkins) Chris's Review -Qualifying / Streaming

(Julie Cohen and Betsy West) Glenn's Review
Rachel Papers, The (Laura Brownson) Glenn's Review
Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu) Chris's Review
Ray & Liz (Richard Billingham) Murtada's Review
Red Sparrow (Francis Lawrence) Eric's Review 
Ryuichi Sakamota: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible)  Glenn's Review

Seagull, The (Michael Mayer) Jason's Review 
Searching (Aneesh Chaganty) Lynn's Review
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima) Chris's Review
Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tyrnauer) Glenn's Review
Suzanne Bartsch On Top (Anthony Caronna & Alexander Smith) Glenn's Review

Tale, The (Jennifer Fox) Spencer's Review streaming only
Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley) Spencer's Review, Screenplay 
To Dust (Shawn Snyder) Jason's Review
Too Late To Die Young (Dominga Sotomayor) Murtada's Review
Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie) Chris's Review

(Kevin McDonald) Glenn's Review
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) Seán's Review 
Yours in Sisterhood (Irene Lusztig) Glenn's Review


2018 Films, By Grade

99 films
By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 01/03/2019

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

BlacKkKlansman  (Spike Lee) Review
 (Lee Chang-dong) Review
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(Marielle Heller) Review
(Sebastian Lelio)  Review 
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) Review
 (Ari Aster) Review
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) Appropriation or HomageJapanese viewCapsule 
(Alfonso Cuarón) Review 
Shoplifters (Koreeda)
A Simple Favor
(Paul Feig) Capsule
A Star is Born
(Bradley Cooper) Review, Podcast
Support the Girls
(Andrew Bujalski)
(Jason Reitman) ReviewScreenplay
We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) Review 
Western (Valeska Grisebach) Capsule
Wildlife (Paul Dano) Review 

B+ | B  Also Strong. See Them.

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) Podcast
Border (Ali Abbas)
Boy Erased
(Joel Edgerton)
The Cakemaker
(Ophir Raul Graizer)
Capernaum (Nadine Labaki)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Crazy Rich Asians
(Jon M Chu) Review
(Karyn Kusama) Review 
First Man (Damien Chazelle) Review
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
I Feel Pretty (Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein) 
The Kindergarten Teacher (Sara Colangelo) Capsule
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Love Simon
 (Greg Berlanti) ReviewScreenplay
Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall)
Museo (Alsono Ruiz Palacios) Capsule
Paddington 2 ()
Quiet Place, A
 (John Krasinski)  Review2nd OpinionScreenplay 
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Ramsey, Perischetti Jr, Rothman)
The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
What They Had (Elizabeth Chomko)
Widows (Steve McQueen) Review

B  |  B- Worth Seeing. Recommended With Reservations

1985 (Yen Tan)
Annihilation (Alex Garland)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed)
(James Wan)
(Quinn Shephard) Review 
Book Club (Bill Holderman) Review 
El Angel (Luis Ortega)
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Jon Olb & Madeleine Parry) Review 
The Hate U Give (George Tillman, Jr) 
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell) 
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) Review
Incredibles 2, The (Brad Bird)
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 
(Ol Parker) Review
Miseducation of Cameron Post, The (Desiree Akhavan) 
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Review 
Ruben Brandt: Collector () 
Saturday Church (Damon Cardasis)
Stan & Ollie (Jon S Baird) 
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle) Review 
Tito and the Birds (Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto)
Where is Kyra
(Andrew Domanascenu) Review 
Wife, The (Bjorn Runge) Review

B- | C+  Some good moments. See if you're in the right mood

Ben is Back (Peter Hedges)
Avengers: Infinity War (Russo Brothers) Review
Early Man
(Nick Park)
The Front Runner
(Jason Reitman)
Good Manners (Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas) 
Life of the Party (Ben Falcone)  
Mrs Hyde 
(Serge Bozon) Review
Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour) Review, Interview 
Oceans 8 (Gary Ross)
Ralph Breaks the Internet ()
 (Ron Howard) ReviewDirector Switcheroos 
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson) 
Vox Lux (Brady Corbet) 

C     ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Bleach (Shinsuke Sato)
Children Act, The (Richard Eyre)
Colette (Wash Westmoreland)
Dumplin' ()
Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S DeKnight) Capsule 
Racer and the Jailbird
(Michael R Roskam) Review 
Tito and the Birds (Bitar, Catoto, Steinberg)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Susan Johnson)
Zama (Lucretia Martel) Review2nd "A" opinion 


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

Alex Strangelove (Craig Johnson)
Beautiful Boy
(Felix Van Groeningen)
Bird Box (Susanne Bier)
Bohemian Rhapsody
(Bryan Singer)
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch)
Endless, The 
(Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) Review 
The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson)
On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) Review
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
(Ian Samuels)
Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug)
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh) Capsule 
Vice (Adam McKay) 
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay) Review  

D | D - | F  Oh god make it stop!

Darkest Minds, The (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
Kings (Denis Gamze Erguven) Review 


2017 Films, By Grade

By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 1/07/2018

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


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
(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) 
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 
Boy (Adam Randall)  

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