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2016 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

56 Films Screened |41 Released
Title (Director) Grade Review 
Last Update: 5/22/16

Released January-June

April & The Extraordinary World (Ekinci & Desmares) B
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story
 (Eva Husson) B Review 
Batman v Superman
(Zach Snyder) D Review 
Bigger Splash, A (Luca Guadagnino) B+ Reviewish
Boss, The
(Ben Falcone) C+ Review, McCarthy Posterized
Bronze, The
(Bryan Buckley) C+ 

Café Society (Woody Allen) B- Review
Captain America: Civil War (Russo) B² Review
Clan, The (Pablo Trapero) B Capsule
Club, The
(Pablo Larrain) B Capsule
Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) B- Capsule 
Deadpool (Tim Miller) C Reviewish 
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) C+ Review 

Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) C Review
Embrace of the Serpent 
(Ciro Guerra) A- Review 
Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater) B+ Con Review, Pro Review, Podcast
Family Fang, The (Jason Bateman) B Review 
Fits, The (Anna Rose Holmer) B+ Capsule 
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) B Review
Gods of Egypt (Alex Proyas) D+ Review

Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen) B Posterized Coen brothers, Interview:Score 
Hello, My Name is Doris (Michael Showalter) B Review
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley) B Review
How to Be Single (Christian Ditter) B-
Huntsman: Winter's War, The
(Cedric Nicolas-Troyan) C- Review
I Saw The Light (Marc Abraham) D Review 
Jungle Book, The (Jon Favreau) B- 
Keanu (Peter Atencio) C

Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) C+ Capsule 
Lobster, The (Yorgos Lanthimos) B+ 
Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) B/B+ Review
Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols) C- Amir's Review 
Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle) C- Review 
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller) B/B-
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
(Burr Steers) B- Review 

Sing Street (John Carney) B+ Review
Sunset Song
(Terence Davies) C+ Interview
(Paddy Breathnach) B- 
War, A (Tobias Lindholm) B+ Pilou AsbaekInterview
Wave, The (Roar Uthaug) C+ Review 
Witch, The (Robert Eggers) A-³ Nathaniel's, Michael's & Eric's Review  
X-Men Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) C-
Zootopia (Howard, Moore, and Bush) B Reviewish 

Don't miss Ira Sach's "Little Men" when it comes out.

Coming Soon
Closet Monster
 (Stephen Dunn) B+ Review (Strand Releasing) 
(Alice Winocour) B Review (Sundance Selects) 
Little Men (Ira Sachs) B+ (Magnolia)
Phantom Boy (Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain GagnolB+ Review (GKids)  

Currently No Distributor
The Arbalest
(Adam Pinney, US) C- Capsule 
Banana (Andrea Jublin, Italy) B Capsule 
The Fixer (Ian Olds, US) C+ Reviewish
Mother (Kadri Kõusaar, Estonia) B/B+ Review
Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, US) B Capsule 
To Keep The Light (Erica Fae, US) C
(Greg Kwader, US) B Capsule 
The Violators (Helen Walsh, Ireland) C+ Capsule 


2016 Films, By Grade

By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 5/16/2016

Favorites of the Year

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Review 
Sing Street (John Carney) Review
Witch, The (Robert Eggers)³ Nathaniel'sMichael's & Eric's Review 

Also special

Bigger Splash, A (Luca Guadagnino) Reviewish
Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater)  Con ReviewPro ReviewPodcast
Fits, The (Anna Rose Holmer) Capsule 
ail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)  Posterized Coen brothersInterview:Score 
Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Review
War, A (Tobias Lindholm)  Pilou Asbaek, Interview
Zootopia (Howard, Moore, Bush) Reviewish 

Worth Seeing / Recommended with Reservations

April & The Extraordinary World (Ekinci & Desmares)
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (Eva Husson) Review 
Captain America: Civil War² (Russo Brothers) 
Clan, The 
(Pablo Trapero) Capsule
Club, The (Pablo Larrain) Capsule
Family Fang, The (Jason Bateman) Review 
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) Review 
Hello My Name is Doris (Michael Showalter) Review
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)

They have their moments. But make sure you're in the right mood...

Boss, The (Ben Falcone) ReviewPosterized
Bronze, The
(Bryan Buckley)
Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) Capsule 
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) Review, Interview
How to Be Single (Christian Ditter) 
Jungle Book, The (Jon Favreau) 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Burr Steers) Review 
Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
Viva (Paddy Breathnach) 
Wave, The (Roar Uthaug) Review, Interview 


Deadpool (Tim Miller)  Reviewish 
Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) Review 

Nah, no thanks. But sometimes 'bad movies we love'

Gods of Egypt (Alex Proyas) Review
The Huntsman: Winter's War (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan) Review
Midnight Special
 (Jeff Nichols) Amir's Review, Second Opinion (Spoiler)
Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle) Review  
X-Men Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) 

Oh god. Make it stop. Awful

Batman v Superman (Zach Snyder) Review
I Saw The Light
 (Marc Abraham) Review 


2015 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

136 Films Screened | 123 Released 
Title (Director) Grade Review*
(or view by Grades
Last Update: 2/28/16

* grades are Nathaniel's. reviews sometimes read otherwise if written by another staff member

Creed proves to be a muscular and enjoyable crowd-pleaser

Theatrically Released

1001 Grams (Bent Hamer) C+ Review
45 Years
(Andrew Haigh) B+ Capsule
(Yann Demange) B+ Review 

Animals (Collin Schiffli) B+ Making of
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman) B First Thoughts
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) C+ Review, Podcast 
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) B+ Review
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (Miguel Gomes) B- Review (Kino Lorber)
Assassin, The (Hou Hsaio-Hsien) B- Review
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) B-³ Review and Podcast 

The Big Short (Adam McKay) C Review
(Michael Mann) C+ Review
Black Mass (Scott Cooper) C Reviewish
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) C Review 
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg) B Review
Brooklyn (John Crowley) B+² Review, 15 Best of 15
By the Sea (Angelina Jolie) C+ Reviewish

Carol (Todd Haynes) A Reviewish15 Best of 15
Charlie's Country
(Rolf de Beer) C+ Review (festivals in 2014)
Chi-Raq (Spike Lee) B+ Podcast
Chocolate City
(Jean-Claude La Marre) D Review
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) B+ Review
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) B+² Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take, Binoche's performance
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) C+ Glenn's Review (festivals in 2014)
(Peter Landesman) C+ Review
(Ryan Coogler)  B+² Review , 15 Best of 15
Crimson Peak (Guillermo Del Toro) C+  

D Train, The (Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel) B- Review 
Danish Girl, The (Tom Hooper) B-² Interview Eddie
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) A² Review , 15 Best of 15

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 
Flowers (Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga) C+ Interview
(Peter Sollett) C
Futuro Beach
(Karim Äinouz) B Review 

Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) B Review
Girlhood (Celine Sciamma) B+
Going Clear
(Alex Gibney)
Good Dinosaur, The (Peter Sohn) C+ Review
(Paul Weitz) B+² Nathaniel's ReviewJoe's Review, Poster Blurb

Hateful Eight, The (Quentin Tarantino) D+
Hot Pursuit
(Anne Fletcher) C-  Review

I'll See You In My Dreams (Brett Haley) B+² Blythe's Performance 
In the Heart of the Sea (Ron Howard) D
Infinitely Polar Bear
 (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen) A-² Podcast , 15 Best of 15
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) B+ Review

James White (Josh Mond) B Review, 1st Impression
(David O. Russell) C+
Jupiter Ascending
(Andy & Lana Wachowski) C+ Podcast 
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow) C-

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

Macbeth (Justin Kurzel) C-
Mad Max Fury Road
(George Miller) A³ Review, Best Shot15 Best of 15
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) B Review, Podcast 
Man From U.N.C.L.E., The (Guy Ritchie) B Review 
Martian, The (Ridley Scott) B² Podcast
Match (Stephen Belber) Review 
Max (Boaz Yakin) C- 
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+
Mustang (Denis Gamze Erguven) B+ Interview, Review, 1st Impression

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
Peanuts Movie, The (Steve Martino) B-
(Christian Petzold) B+ 15 Best of 15
Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A
 (Roy Andersson) B+ Review , 15 Best of 15
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) B- Review
Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro) B CapsulePodcast

Red Army (Gabel Polsky) B
Revenant, The (Inaritu) B-
Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme) B Review 
Room (Lenny Abrahamson) A² Premiere Notes , 15 Best of 15

Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) B- Review 
Sand Dollars (Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán) B- Review  
Second Mother, The (Anna Muylaert) B+
Seventh Son, The (Sergey Bodrov) C- Podcast 
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve) B+ Podcast , 15 Best of 15
Sisters (Jason Moore) C+ Review
Sleeping With Other People (Leslye Headland) B Review 
Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes) B+ Review & Interview
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) B- Capsule 
Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua) B- Podcast 
Spotlight (Thomas McCarthy) B+² versus Truth 
Spy (Paul Feig) B+ Podcast
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) B+ Review
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle) B+² Review
Stonewall (Roland Emmerich) D Review, Podcast, Interview
Straight Outta Compton (F Gary Gray) B-
Strangerland (Kim Farrant) C+ Nathaniel's Review & Glenn's Take
Suffragette (Sarah Gavron) B-² Review, on Carey Mulligan

Tab Hunter: Confidential (Jeffrey Schwarz) B  
 (Sean Baker) A-² Review, Podcast , 15 Best of 15
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
Trumbo (Jay Roach) C+
Truth (James Vanderbilt) B² versus Spotlight 

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

Walk, The (Robert Zemeckis) C+ Review 
What We Do In The Shadows (Taiki Waititi & Jemaine Clement) B+
Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis) C- Thoughts I Had

Youth (Paolo Sorrentino) B² First Thoughts


Distributors But No Release Dates
As I Open My Eyes
(Leyla Bouzid) B Capsule
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante) B Capsule

No Distributor
Eva Doesn't Sleep (Pablo Agüero) WTF Capsule
Girls Lost
(Alexandra-Therese Keining) C+ Review
Granny's Dancing on the Table (Hanna Sköld) B- Review 
Here After, The (Magnus Von Horn) Review 
Homesick (Anne Sewitsky) B Review 
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (Josh Kim)
I Am Michael (Justin Kelly) C+ Review 
Invisible (Lawrence Fajardo) B Capsule
Strobe Edge (Ryuichi Hiroki) 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.