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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- 


2016 Films, By Grade

By Grade (or view alphabetically)
Last Updated 11/23/2016

Favorites. Special. See Them.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills) Reviewish
(Denis Villeneuve) Review
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Review 
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) Review
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Review 
Fences (Denzel Washington)
Fits, The 
(Anna Rose Holmer) Capsule 
Handmaiden, The (Park Chan Wook) 
Jackie (Pablo Larraín) Review
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) Capsule
Little Men (Ira Sachs) Review 
Lion (Garth Davis) Review
Lobster, The (Yorgos Lanthimos) Podcast 
Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Review
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) Review
Neruda (Pablo Larrain) Review 
Red Turtle, The (Michael Dudok de Wit) Review 
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)
Sing Street (John Carney) Review
Witch, The (Robert Eggers)³ Nathaniel'sMichael's & Eric's Review 
Zootopia (Howard, Moore, Bush) Reviewish  

B+ / B
Also Special

Bigger Splash, A (Luca Guadagnino) Reviewish 
Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn) Review 
Disorder (Alice Winocour) Review 
Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)  Con ReviewPro ReviewPodcast
ail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)  Posterized Coen brothersInterview:Score 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi)
The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance) Capsule 
Moana (Clements, Hall, Musker & Williams)
Morris From America (Chad Hartigan)
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) Review
Other People (Chris Kelly)  InterviewReview
Phantom Boy (Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol) Review
Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)

Worth Seeing / Recommended with Reservations

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg) Capsule
April & The Extraordinary World
 (Ekinci & Desmares) Review
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (Eva Husson) Review 
Café Society (Woody Allen) Review  
Captain America: Civil War² (Russo Brothers) Review
Clan, The 
(Pablo Trapero) Capsule
Club, The (Pablo Larrain) Capsule  
Conjuring 2, The (James Wan) Production Design 
Desde Allá / From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas) Review 
Dressmaker, The (Jocelyn Moorhouse)   
Family Fang, The (Jason Bateman) Review 
Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane)  Review 
Florence Foster Jenkins (Steven Frears) Review
Ghostbusters (Paul Feig)  Review
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) Review 
Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie) 
Hello My Name is Doris (Michael Showalter) Review
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (Stephen Cone) 
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) 
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)  Review,  Podcast 
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) Review 
Loving (Jeff Nichols) Review
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight) Review
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Nicholas Stoller) Podcast 
Pete's Dragon (David Lowery) Review 
Shallows, The (Jaume Collet-Serra) Capsule
Spa Night (Andrew Ahn) Review
Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)  Review 
Sully (Clint Eastwood) Review
Swiss Army Man (Daniels) Review 
Transpecos (Greg Kwader) Capsule 
Under the Shadow (Anvari) Review
War, A (Tobias Lindholm)  Pilou AsbaekInterview 

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

Absolutely Fabulous (Mandie Fletcher)  Review
Allied (Robert Zemeckis) 
Boss, The (Ben Falcone) ReviewPosterized 
Bridget Jones's Baby (Sharon Maguire)
Bronze, The (Bryan Buckley) Capsule
Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) Capsule 
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée) Review, Interview 
Eagle Huntress, The (Otto Bell)
How to Be Single (Christian Ditter) Capsule
Jungle Book, The (Jon Favreau) Capsule
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) Capsule 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Tim Burton) 
A Monster Calls (JA Bayona) Capsule 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Burr Steers) Review 
Sand Storm (Elite Zexler) ReviewInterview
Sunset Song (Terence Davies) Interview
Viva (Paddy Breathnach) 
Wave, The (Roar Uthaug) Review, Interview 


Bleed For This (Ben Younger)
Deadpool (Tim Miller)  Reviewish 
Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) Review 
Keanu (Peter Atencio) 
Legend of Tarzan, The (David Yates) Review 
Live By Night (Ben Affleck) 
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Jake Szymanski) Review  
Rules Don't Apply (Warren Beatty)
Tickled (David Farrier & Dylan Reeve)  

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

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee) Reviewish
The Founder (John Lee Hancock) 
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  
Neon Demon, The (Nicolas Winding Refn) Review 
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) Review  
Warcraft (Duncan Jones) PosterizedSix Questions
X-Men Apocalypse (Bryan Singer) ReviewPodcast

Oh god. Make it stop. Awful

Batman v Superman (Zach Snyder) Review
(Jonas Cuaron) Review 
Genius (Michael Grandage) ReviewCapsule
I Saw The Light (Marc Abraham) Review 
Suicide Squad (David Ayer) Review, Worst of Year


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