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2016 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

146 Films Screened | 125 Released
Title (Director) Grade Review 
Last Update: 12/20/2016

Lion is terrific. Go see it!

10 Cloverfield Lane  (Dan Trachtenberg) B  Capsule 
20th Century Women (Mike Mills) A/A-  Reviewish 

Absolutely Fabulous (Mandie Fletcher) B-  Review 
Allied  (Robert Zemeckis) B-/C+ Review
April & The Extraordinary World (Ekinci & Desmares) B  Tim's Review 
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) A- Review 

Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (Eva Husson) B Review 
Batman v Superman
(Zach Snyder) D Review 
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (Lonny Price) B+ Capsule
Bigger Splash, A (Luca Guadagnino) B+ Reviewish, Podcast 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk  (Ang Lee) C- Reviewish & Podcast 
Birth of a Nation, The (Nate Parker) C/C-  
Bleed For This  (Ben Younger) C Capsule
Boss, The (Ben Falcone) C+ Review, McCarthy Posterized 
Bridget Jones's Baby  (Sharon Maguire) C+
Bronze, The
(Bryan Buckley) C+ Capsule

Café Society (Woody Allen) B- Review  
Captain America: Civil War
(Russo Brothers) B² Review 
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) B+/A- Review
Clan, The (Pablo Trapero) B Capsule 
Closet Monster  (Stephen Dunn) B+ Review 
Club, The
(Pablo Larraín) B Capsule
Conjuring 2, The  (James Wan) B-  Production Design

Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) B- Capsule 
Deadpool (Tim Miller) C Reviewish, Production Design 
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) C+ Review 
Desde Allá / From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas) B Review 
Desierto (Jonas Cuaron) D+  Review 
Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson) B-² Review
Disorder (Alice Winocour) Review 
Dressmaker, The (Jocelyn Moorhouse) B²   Capsule 

Eagle Huntress, The (Otto Bell) B-/C+ Capsule
Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) C Review 
Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig) B+  Review
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway)  
 (Paul Verhoeven) A- Review & Podcast
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) A- Review, The Furniture
Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater) B+ Con Review, Pro Review, Podcast, The Furniture

Family Fang, The  (Jason Bateman) B Review 
Fences (Denzel Washington) B+ His & Hers Triumph
Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane) B-  Review
Fits, The  (Anna Rose Holmer) B+ Capsule 
Florence Foster Jenkins (Steven Frears) B²  Review, The Furniture
Founder, The (Michael Keaton) C-
Front Cover (Ray Yeung) B- 

Gayby Baby (Maya Newell) D+
(Michael Grandage) D Review, Capsule
Ghostbusters (Paul Feig) B Review, The Furniture
Girl on the Train, The (Tate Taylor) D+ 
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) B Review
Gods of Egypt (Alex Proyas) D+ Review
Gold (Stephen Gaghan) C-

Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson) C
Hail, Caesar!
(Joel & Ethan Coen) B Posterized, Interview:Score, Prod. Design
Handmaiden, The (Park Chan-Wook) A/A- Podcast 
Hell Or High Water (David Mackenzie) B+ Production Design
Hello, My Name is Doris
(Michael Showalter) B Review 
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) B
(Ben Wheatley) B Review,  Podcast
How to Be Single (Christian Ditter) B- Capsule 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) B/B+ Review, The Furniture
Huntsman: Winter's War, The (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan) C- Review

I Saw The Light (Marc Abraham) D Review 

Jackie (Pablo Larrain) A-/B+²  Review
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) B Review
Jungle Book, The (Jon Favreau) B- Capsule

Keanu (Peter Atencio) C
(Trey Edward Shults) C+ Review
Kubo and the Two Strings
(Travis Knight) B- Review 

La La Land (Damien Chazelle) A-² Capsule 
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) C+ Capsule 
Lazy Eye (Tim Kirkman)
Legend of Tarzan, The (David Yates) C Review
Light Between Oceans, The (Derek Cianfrance) B Capsule 
Lion (Garth Davis) B+ Review
Little Men (Ira Sachs) B+  Review 
Live By Night (Ben Affleck) C The Design Team
Lobster, The (Yorgos Lanthimos) B+ PodcastThe Furniture
Love & Friendship
(Whit Stillman) B+ Review, Podcast, The Furniture
Loving (Jeff Nichols) B/B- Review

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) B Jason's Take, Nathaniel's Take
Midnight Special
(Jeff Nichols) C- Amir's Review 
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Jake Szymanski) C Review 
Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle) C- Review 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Tim Burton) C+ Capsule
Miss Sloane (John Madden) B² Capsule
(Clements, Hall, Musker & Williams) B/B+² Capsule
Monster Calls, A (JA Bayona) C+  Capsule 
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) A/A-² Review
Morris From America (Chad Hartigan) B+ 
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) B Review 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller) B Podcast
Neon Demon, The
(Nicolas Winding Refn) B/D  Review 
Neruda (Pablo Larraín) B+ Review
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) D+ Review, Second Take, Podcast  

Other People (Chris Kelly) B Interview, Review

Patriot's Day (Peter Berg) C+
Pete's Dragon
(David Lowery) B Review
Phantom Boy (Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol) B+ Review 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
(Burr Steers) B- Review 

Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair) B/B+ Review

Red Turtle, The (Michael Dudok de Wit) B+ Review
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards) C+ Review
Rules Don't Apply
(Warren Beatty) C- Capsule

Salesman, The (Asghar Farhadi) B+ Review
Sand Storm (Elite Zexler) C+ Review, Interview
Shallows, The (Jaume Collet-Serra) B Capsule
Sing Street (John Carney) B+ Review, MVP?, Podcast  
Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, US) B Nathaniel's Capsule, Sean's Review
Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)  B  Review, The Furniture
Suicide Squad (David Ayers) D Review
Sully (Clint Eastwood) B- Review
Sunset Song
(Terence Davies) C+ Interview 
Swiss Army Man (Daniels) B Capsule 

Tickled (David Farrier & Dylan Reeve) C Review
Things To Come
(Mia Hansen-Løve) B Review
 (Greg Kwader) B Capsule 
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari) B Review
(Paddy Breathnach) B- 

War, A (Tobias Lindholm) B+ Pilou AsbaekInterview 
Warcraft (Duncan Jones) D+ Posterized, Six Questions
Wave, The (Roar Uthaug) C+ Review 
Witch, The (Robert Eggers) A/A-³ Nathaniel's, Michael's & Eric's Review  

X-Men Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) C- Review, Podcast

Zootopia (Howard, Moore, and Bush) B Reviewish 

See ELLE. You'll have quite the conversation thereafter

Currently No US Distributor
May be moved to next year's screening list if they find a distributor

Apprentice (Boo Junfeng, Singapore) B+ Review
The Arbalest (Adam Pinney, US) C- Capsule 
Banana (Andrea Jublin, Italy) B Capsule 
Blind Sun (Joyce A Nashawati, Greece) C  Capsule 
Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina) B+ Review 
A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner, Argentina) C+ Review
The Fixer (Ian Olds, US) C+ Reviewish 
Mother (Kadri Kõusaar, Estonia) B+ Review 
Pyromaniac (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway) B+ Review
(re)Assignment (Walter Hill, US) D- Review
Santa & Andres
(Carlos Lechuga, Cuba/Colombia) B Review
Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann, US) B- Review 
To Keep The Light (Erica Fae, US) C
The Wedding Ring (Rahmatou Keïta, Niger) B Review 
The Violators (Helen Walsh, Ireland) C+ Capsule 

not theatrically released. Not counted in the total or eligible for awards here
The Blue Hour (Anucha Boonyawatana) C-
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
 (Yuen Woo-Ping) C
Fourth Man Out 
(Andrew Nackman) B-
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
 (Stephen Cone) B
Naz & Maalik
(Jay Dockendorf) B
Those People
(Joey Kuhn) B- 

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