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2018 Films, alphabetically (with grades)

53 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: 8/15/18

47 Released / Screened

Annihilation  (Alex Garland) B Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp  (Peyton Reed) B Capsule
Avengers: Infinity War  (Russo Brothers) C+  Review

BlacKkKlansman  (Spike Lee) B+ Review
Black Panther
 (Ryan Coogler) B+  Podcast
Blame (Quinn Shephard) B Review 
Book Club (Bill Holderman) B- Review 

Children Act, The (Richard Eyre) C+
Crazy Rich Asians
 (Jon M Chu) B/B+

Darkest Minds, The  (Jennifer Yuh Nelson) D+
Deadpool 2 
(David Leitch) D+
Disobedience (Sebastian Lelio) B+ Review 

Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham) A- Capsule, Tweets, Screenplay
Endless, The 
(Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) C- Review 

First Reformed (Paul Schrader) B+  Review, Best Actor

Good Manners (Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas) C+ 

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette  (Jon Olb, Madeleine Parry) A- Review
(Ari Aster) B+ Review, Screenplay
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
(John Cameron Mitchell) B-

I Feel Pretty  (Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein) B
Incredibles 2
 (Brad Bird) B+/B Capsule
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) B+ Appropriation or Homage, A Japanese viewpoint, Berlinale

Kings  (Denis Gamze Erguven) D Review 

Life of the Party (Ben Falcone) C+ 
Love Simon (Greg Berlanti) B ReviewScreenplay

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Ol Parker) B- 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

Oceans 8 (Gary Ross) B- Capsule

Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S DeKnight) C Capsule 

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski) B+ Review2nd Opinion, Screenplay 

Racer and the Jailbird (Michael R Roskam) C+ Review 
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) C- Review

Saturday Church (Damon Cardasis) B 
Solo (Ron Howard) B Review 

Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle) B Glenn's Review 
(Jason Reitman) B+ ReviewScreenplay

Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson) C+
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh) Capsule 

We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) B+ Review 
Western  (Valeska Grisebach) A- Review 
Where is Kyra? (Andrew Domanascenu) B Review 
Wife, The (Bjorn Runge) 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 
Breaking In (James McTeigue) Chris's Review
Chappaquiddick (John Curran) Jason's Review
China Hustle, The (Jeff Rothstein) Glenn's Review
Christopher Robin (Marc Forster) Chris's Review
Cloverfield Paradox, The
 (Julius Onah) Spencer'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
Double Lover
(François Ozon) Murtada's InterviewProduction Design

Duck Butter (Miguel Arteta) 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 
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes) Glenn's Review
Hearts Beat Loud (Brett Haley) Soundtracking
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
(J A Bayona) Chris's Review 
The King (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
Lodgers, The
 (Brian O'Malley) Chris's Review 
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland) Glenn's Review
(Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui) Glenn's Review
Meg, The
(Jon Turteltaub) Chris's Review
Mercury 13
(David Sington and Heather Walsh) Glenn's Review
 (Brian Crano) Jason's Review 
RBG (Julie Cohen and Betsy West) Glenn's Review
Rachel Papers, The
(Laura Brownson) Glenn's Review
Red Sparrow
 (Francis Lawrence) Eric's Review 

Rider, The (Chloe Zhao) John's Review 
Ryuichi Sakamota: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible)  Glenn's Review
Seagull, The (Michael Mayer) Jason's Review 
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima) Chris's Review
Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tyrnauer) Glenn's Review
Sorry to Bother You
(Boots Riley) Chris's Review
The Tale
(Jennifer Fox) Spencer's Review
(Cory Finley) Spencer's Review, Screenplay 
Whitney (Kevin McDonald) Glenn's Review
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay) Seán's Review

Jamie Chung and Cory Michael Smith in "1985"

6 Screened. But Not Yet Released
(Yen Tan) B- Distributor: Wolfe Releasing
Discreet (Travis Mathews) F No US Distributor Yet
Howard (Don Hahn) B No US Distributor Yet
Mapplethorpe (Ondi Timoner) C- Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Miss Arizona (Autumn McAlpin) C+ No US Distributor Yet
Saint Bernard Syndicate, The (Mads Brügger) C- Distributor: Uncork'd

Unreleased. Screened/Reviewed by Team Member
Blue My mind (Lisa Brühlmann) Jason's Review
Chained for Life
(Aaron Schimberg) Jason's Review
The Dark
(Justin P Lange) Jason's Review
Diane (Kent Jones) Jason's Review
I Am Evidence
(Trish Adlesic & Geeta Gandbhir) Glenn's Review
The Night Eats the World (Dominique Rocher) Jason's Review 
O.G. (Madeleine Sackler) Murtada's Review
(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 


2018 Films, By Grade

By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 8/15/2018

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

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee) Review
(Sebastian Lelio)  Review 
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Hereditary (Ari Aster) Review
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) Appropriation or HomageJapanese viewCapsule 
Tully (Jason Reitman) ReviewScreenplay
We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) Review 
Western (Valeska Grisebach) Capsule

B+ | B  Also Strong. See Them.

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) Podcast
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M Chu) Review
I Feel Pretty 
(Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein) 
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
(Jon Olb & Madeleine Parry) Review
Incredibles 2, The 
(Brad Bird)
Love Simon
 (Greg Berlanti) ReviewScreenplay
Quiet Place, A (John Krasinski)  Review2nd OpinionScreenplay
Wife, The
 (Bjorn Runge) Review

B  |  B- Worth Seeing. Recommended With Reservations

Annihilation (Alex Garland)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed)
(Quinn Shephard) Review 
Book Club (Bill Holderman) Review 
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell) 
Howard (Don Hahn) 
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Ol Parker) Review
Miseducation of Cameron Post, The (Desiree Akhavan) 
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie) Review
Saturday Church (Damon Cardasis)
Solo (Ron Howard) Review, Director Switcheroos
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle) Review
Where is Kyra
(Andrew Domanascenu) Review

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

1985 (Yen Tan)
Avengers: Infinity War
 (Russo Brothers) Review
Children Act, The (Richard Eyre)
Good Manners
(Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas) 
Life of the Party (Ben Falcone)  
Miss Arizona (Autumn McAlpin)
Mrs Hyde 
(Serge Bozon) Review
Mary Shelley (Haifaa al-Mansour) Review, Interview 
Oceans 8 (Gary Ross)
Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson) 

C     ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S DeKnight) Capsule
Racer and the Jailbird (Michael R Roskam) Review 
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh) Capsule
Zama (Lucretia Martel) Review2nd "A" opinion 


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

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch)
Darkest Minds, The
(Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
Endless, The 
(Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead) Review 
Mapplethorpe (Ondi Timoner) 
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg) Review
Saint Bernard Syndicate, The (Mads Brügger)
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay) Review  

D | D - | F  Oh god make it stop!

Discreet (Travis Mathews)
 (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