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2016 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

2 Films Screened | 0 Released 
Title (Director) Grade Review 
Last Update: 09/19/15 

Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) C+ Review
Witch, The (Robert Eggers) A- Capsule


2015 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

107 Films Screened | 77 Released 
Title (Director) Grade Review 
(or view by Grades
Last Update: 09/27/15 

Mad Max's fire cannot be extinguished

Theatrically Released
January through October Releases Listed

'71 (Yann Demange) B+ Review 
Animals (Collin Schiffli) B+ Making of 
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) C+ Review, Podcast 
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) B+ Review 
Avengers: Age of Ultron² (Joss Whedon) B- Review and Podcast 

Blackhat (Michael Mann) C+ Review
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) C Review 

Charlie's Country (Rolf de Beer) C+ Review (festivals in 2014)
Chocolate City
(Jean-Claude La Marre) D Review
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) B+ Review
Clouds of Sils Maria² (Olivier Assayas) B+ Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take, Binoche's performance
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) C+ Glenn's Review (festivals in 2014) 

D Train, The (Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel) B- Review 
Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (Marielle Heller) B Michael's ReviewNathaniel's Take 
Do I Sound Gay? (David Thorpe) C- Interview
Dope (Rick Famuyiwa) B Capsule

Electric Slide (Tristan Patterson) C+ Review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) C+ Review 
Ex Machina (Alex Garland) A Review 

Fantastic Four (Josh Trank) F Review
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) B Review
Farewell Party, The (Tali Granit & Sharon Maymon) B+ Review
Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) C- Review
Futuro Beach 
(Karim Äinouz) B Review 

Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) B Review 
Going Clear (Alex Gibney) B
(Paul Weitz) B+ Nathaniel's ReviewJoe's Review, Poster Blurb

Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) C-  Review

Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
I'll See You In My Dreams (Brett Haley) B Blythe's Performance
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen) A- Podcast

Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski) C+ Podcast 
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow) C

Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli) B+ Review  (festivals in 2014)
Last Five Years, The
 (Richard LaGravenese) B Review 
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) B-
Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad) B Podcast
A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman) C+ Review 

Mad Max Fury Road² (George Miller) A Review, Best Shot
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) B Review, Podcast 
Man From U.N.C.L.E., The (Guy Ritchie) B Review 
Martian, The (Ridley Scott) TBA
Match (Stephen Belber) Review 
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) C- Michael's Review, Podcast 
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie) B Review 
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) C
Mr Holmes (Bill Condon) C+

Nasty Baby (Sebastian Silva) B Capsule 
New Girlfriend, The (François Ozon) B- Review 

Of Horses & Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) B+ Capsule

Paddington (Paul King) B- Brief Comment & Jose's Take
Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (Roy Andersson) B+ Review 
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) B- Review
Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro) B CapsulePodcast

Red Army (Gabel Polsky) B 
Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme) B Review 
Room (Lenny Abrahamson) A Premiere Notes

Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) B- Review 
Seventh Son, The (Sergey Bodrov) C/C- Podcast 
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve) B+ Podcast
Sleeping With Other People (Leslye Headland) B Review 
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) B- Capsule 
Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua) B- Podcast
Spy (Paul Feig) B+ Podcast
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review 
Stonewall (Roland Emmerich) D Review, Podcast, Interview
Strangerland (Kim Farrant) C+ Nathaniel's Review & Glenn's Take

Tangerine² (Sean Baker) A- Review, Podcast
Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor) D+ Review
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird) B- Review 
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan) B+ Review (festivals in 2013)
Trainwreck (Judd Apatow) B Podcast 
Truth (James Vanderbilt) B+ versus Spotlight 

Victoria (Sebastian Schipper) B+ First Thoughts
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) D capsule 

Walk, The (Robert Zemeckis) B-/C+
Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis) C/C- Thoughts I Had

I Saw the Light

Coming Soon 
45 Years (Andrew Haigh) B+ Capsule
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman) TBA First Thoughts
As I Open My Eyes
(Leyla Bouzid) B Capsule
(John Crowley) B+ Review 
Carol (Todd Haynes) A
Danish Girl, The (Tom Hooper) TBA
Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) B- Capsule 
I Saw The Light (Marc Abraham) D Review 
Love (Gaspar Noe) C- Review
Sand Dollars (Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán) B- Review  
Spotlight (Thomas McCarthy) B+ versus Truth 
Youth (Paolo Sorrentino) TBA First Thoughts

Distributors But No Release Dates 
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (Miguel Gomes) TBA (Kino Lorber)
The Clan
(Pablo Trapero) TBA (Fox)
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) A-/B+ Review (Oscilloscope)
Phantom Boy (Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol) B+ Review (GKids) 

No Distributor Currently
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (Eva Husson) B Review
Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn) B+ Review
Eva Doesn't Sleep (Pablo Agüero) WTF Capsule
Family Fang, The (Jason Bateman) B
Girls Lost
(Alexandra-Therese Keining) C+ Review
 (Gerard Barrett) B Review 
Granny's Dancing on the Table (Hanna Sköld) B- Review 
Here After, The (Magnus Von Horn) Review 
Homesick (Anne Sewitsky) B Review
I Am Michael (Justin Kelly) C+ Review 
Invisible (Lawrence Fajardo) B Capsule
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) C+ Capsule  
The Wave (Roar Uthaug) C+
Women He's Undressed (Gillian Armstrong) C+ Interview

Movies That Couldn't Pick an Official Year - Giving Me Grief!
Maps to the Stars 
(David Cronenberg) C+ Nathaniel's ReviewGlenn's Take 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) B+ Review 

By most accounts these last two received their theatrical releases in 2015 but the latter two were both nominated for major awards in 2014 (Globe & Indie Spirit respectively) so did they have "qualifying releases"? "Maps" at least kept changing its mind about whether it would receive an awards qualifying run, making tracking, categorization and awardage impossible for TFE. We like clear lines of demarcation between calendar years. 


2015 Films, By Grade

(through October 2015)
Title (Director)
Or View Alphabetically 
Last Updated 09/26/15 


i.e. true favorites of the year

Ex Machina (Alex Garland) Review 
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen)  Podcast
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) Review 
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch... (Roy Andersson) Review 
Room (Lenny Abrahamson)  Premiere Notes
Tangerine (Sean Baker)Review 


'71 (Yann Demange) Review 
Animals  (Collin Schiffli) Making of
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Review  
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) Review
Clouds of Sils Maria² (Olivier Assayas) Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take 
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) Review
Grandma (Paul Weitz) Nathaniel's ReviewJoe's Review 
I'll See You In My Dreams (Brett Haley)  Blythe's Performance
The Martian (Ridley Scott)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie)  Review
Of Horses and Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) 
Sicario (Denis Vileneuve)
Spy (Paul Feig)
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan) Review  
Truth (James Vanderbilt) versus Spotlight  
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper)  First Thoughts 

Dope (Rick Famuyiwa)  Capsule
Farewell Party, The (Tali Granit & Sharon Maymon) Review 
Futuro Beach (Karim Äinouz) Review 
Going Clear (Alex Gibney)
Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli)  Review  
Man From U.N.C.L.E., The (Guy Ritchie) Review 
Red Army (Gabel Polsky)  
Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme)  Review 

Diary of a Teenage Girl


Avengers: Age of Ultron² (Joss Whedon)  Review and Podcast 
D Train, The (Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel) Review 
Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (Marielle Heller)  Michael's ReviewNathaniel's Take 
Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) Review 
Last Five Years, The (Richard LaGravenese) Review  
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) 
Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad) Podcast
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)   ReviewPodcast 
Nasty Baby  (Sebastian Silva) Capsule 
Paddington (Paul King) Brief Comment & Jose's Take
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks)  Review 
Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro)  CapsulePodcast
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) Review  
Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua) Podcast
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review  
Trainwreck (Judd Apatow) Podcast 


Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) ReviewPodcast 
  (Michael Mann) Review 
Charlie's Country  (Rolf de Beer) Review 
Mr Holmes  (Bill Condon) 
New Girlfriend, The (François Ozon) Review 
A Little Chaos  (Alan Rickman) Review 
Song One
 (Kate Barker-Froyland) Capsule  
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird) Review 
Walk, The (Robert Zemeckis)  



Boulevard (Dito Montiel)  Review 
Cooties  (Jonathan Milott) Glenn's Review 
Do I Sound Gay?  (David Thorpe) 
Electric Slide
 (Tristan Patterson) review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) Review 
Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski)  Podcast  
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow)
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg) Nathaniel's ReviewGlenn's Take 
Strangerland (Kim Farrant)   Nathaniel's Review & Glenn's Take


Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) Review 
Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) Review
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) Review 
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) Michael's ReviewPodcast 
Mistress America  (Noah Baumbach) 
Seventh Son, The
 (Sergey Bodrov) Podcast 
Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor) Review
Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis) Thoughts I Had  


Chocolate City (Jean-Claude LaMarre) Review 
Fantastic Four (Josh Trank) Review
Match (Stephen Belber) Review  
Stonewall (Roland Emmerich) Review
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) Capsule