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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
13th Dir. Ava DuVernay. Documentary about the racial history of U.S. incarceration B
20th Century Women Dir. Mike Mills. Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Greta Gerwig A
American Honey Dir. Andrea Arnold. Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough B+
Aquarius Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho. Sonia Braga, Humberto Carrão, Zoraide Coleto A–
Cameraperson Dir. Kirsten Johnson. Collage of footage from a cinematographer's career B+
Cemetery of Splendor Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi B
The Club Dir. Pablo Larraín. With Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Antonia Zegers B+
Do Not Resist Dir. Craig Atkinson. Documentary about the militarizing of U.S. police A–
Elle Dir. Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling A–
Fire at Sea Dir. Gianfranco Rosi. Documentary about children and refugees in Lampedusa A–
The Fits Dir. Anna Rose Holmer. Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Makyla Burnam B+
Francofonia Dir. Aleksandr Sokurov. With Benjamin Utzerath, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing A
The Lobster Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux A–
Moonlight Dir. Barry Jenkins. Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes A–
Mountains May Depart Dir. Jia Zhangke. With Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jing Dong B–
No Home Movie Dir. Chantal Akerman. Documentary about the filmmaker's mother B+
The Other Side Dir. Roberto Minervini. With Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen, James Lee Miller B+
The President Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili B+
Right Now, Wrong Then Dir. Hong Sang-soo. With Jeong Jae-yeong, Kim Min-hee A–
Silence Dir. Marin Scorsese. Andrew Garfield, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Adam Driver, Issey Ogata B+
Toni Erdmann Dir. Maren Ade. Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Thomas Loibl B+
Trapped Dir. Dawn Porter. Documentary about embattled abortion providers in the U.S. South B
Weiner Dirs. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Documentary about political campaign B
Zootopia Dirs. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman B

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
Abortion: Stories Women Tell Dir. Tracy Droz Tragos. Clinic-based documentary B
Arrival Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg B–
As I Open My Eyes Dir. Leyla Bouzid. With Baya Medhaffar, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari B+
A Bigger Splash Dir. Luca Guadagnino. With Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts B–
The Birth of a Nation Dir. Nate Parker. Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King B
Certain Women Dir. Kelly Reichardt. Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone B
Chevalier Dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Panos Koronis, Sakis Rouvas, Efthymis Papadimitriou B
Crosscurrent Dir. Yang Chao. Qin Hao, Xin Zhilei, Tan Kai, Wang Hongwei, Wu Lipeng B+
Dheepan Dir. Jacques Audiard. With Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan A–
Embrace of the Serpent Dir. Ciro Guerra. Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Jan Bijvoet B
Everybody Wants Some!! Dir. Richard Linklater. With Blake Jenner, Glen Powell C–
Hail, Caesar! Dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes B
The Handmaiden Dir. Park Chan-wook. Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Jo Jin-woong B–
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party Dir. Stephen Cone. With Cole Doman, Elizabeth Laidlaw B+
I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck. Nonfiction collage drawn from James Baldwin B+
Ixcanul Dir. Jayro Bustamante. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Manuel Antún A
Jackie Dir. Pablo Larraín. Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig C
Julieta Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Daniel Grao, Rossy De Palma B+
Kubo and the Two Strings Dir. Travis Knight. Animated. Voice of Art Parkinson B–
La La Land Dir. Damien Chazelle. Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Finn Wittrock B–
Lace Crater Dir. Harrison Atkins. Lindsay Burdge, Andrew Ryder, Jennifer Kim B+
Life, Animated Dir. Roger Ross Williams. Documentary about autistic animation fan B
Little Men Dir. Ira Sachs. Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle B
Love & Friendship Dir. Whit Stillman. With Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell B
The Love Witch Dir. Anna Biller. Samantha Robinson, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys C
Midnight Special Dir. Jeff Nichols. Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst B
Moana Dirs. Ron Clements and John Musker. Animated. Voice of Auli'i Cravalho B+
Neon Bull Dir. Gabriel Mascaro. With Juliano Cazzaré, Maeve Jinkings, Carlos Pessoa A–
Neruda Dir. Pablo Larraín. Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Alfredo Castro B+
O.J.: Made in America Dir. Ezra Edelman. Documentary about ex-athlete tried for murderer B
Paterson Dir. Jim Jarmusch. Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley B
Pervert Park Dirs. Frida and Lasse Barkfors. Documentary about registered sex offenders B+
Queen of Katwe Dir. Mira Nair. Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o B
Southside with You Dir. Richard Tanne. Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers B+
Spa Night Dir. Andrew Ahn. Joe Seo, Cho Youn Ho, Haerry Kim, Song Tae B+
Sully Dir. Clint Eastwood. Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Mike O'Malley B
Things to Come Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve. Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, André Marcon A
Tikkun Dir. Avishai Sivan. With Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Gur Sheinberg, Riki Blich B+
Til Madness Do Us Part Dir. Wang Bing. Documentary about insane asylum in semi-rural China B

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
10 Cloverfield Lane Dir. Dan Trachtenberg. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman C
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) Dir. Eva Husson. With Marilyn Lima, Daisy Broom B+
Being 17 Dir. André Téchiné. Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Sandrine Kiberlain B
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Dir. Ang Lee. Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel C
Café Society Dir. Woody Allen. With Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell C
Captain Fantastic Dir. Matt Ross. Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler B
Christine Dir. Antonio Campos. Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia B–
Deadpool Dir. Tim Miller. Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller C
Demon Dir. Marcin Wrona. Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski B+
The Edge of Seventeen Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig. Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson B+
Eisenstein in Guanajuato Dir. Peter Greenaway. With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Lisa Owen B
Evolution Dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović. With Max Brebant, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Roxane Duran B
The Eyes of My Mother Dir. Nicolas Pesce. Kika Magalhães, Diana Agostini, Paul Nazak B
Fences Dir. Denzel Washington. Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson B
Fourth Man Out Dir. Andrew Nackman. With Evan Todd, Parker Young, Jon Gabrus B
From Afar Dir. Lorenzo Vigas. With Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla B–
Green Room Dir. Jeremy Saulnier. With Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat F
Hell or High Water Dir. David Mackenzie. Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges B
Hidden Figures Dir. Theodore Melfi. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe B
High-Rise Dir. Ben Wheatley. With Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons B–
I, Daniel Blake Dir. Ken Loach. Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann B
In the Shadow of Women Dir. Philippe Garrel. With Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar B+
Indignation Dir. James Schamus. Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein C
Knight of Cups Dir. Terrence Malick. Christian Bale, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy D+
Krisha Dir. Trey Edward Shults. Krisha Fairchild, Trey Edward Shults, Robyn Fairchild C+
Loving Dir. Jeff Nichols. Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas B–
Manchester by the Sea Dir. Kenneth Lonergan. Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler B
The Measure of a Man Dir. Stéphane Brizé. With Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck B
The Meddler Dir. Lorene Scafaria. Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong B+
Mekong Hotel Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Sakda Kaewbuadee, Maiyatan Techaparn B
Mia Madre Dir. Nanni Moretti. With Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro C–
Miles Ahead Dir. Don Cheadle. With Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregory, Emayatzy Corinealdi C+
Mirzya Dir. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Choudhry B
My Golden Days Dir. Arnaud Desplechin. With Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet B
Naz & Maalik Dir. Jay Dockendorf. Kerwin Johnson Jr., Curtiss Cook Jr., Annie Grier B–
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Dir. Nicholas Stoller. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron C
The Neon Demon Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn. With Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee C
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dir. Gareth Edwards. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna B–
Sing Street Dir. John Carney. With Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Ben Carolan B+
Sunset Song Dir. Terence Davies. With Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Ian Pirie C–
Swiss Army Man Dirs. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan. Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe C
Tale of Tales Dir. Matteo Garrone. With Salma Hayek, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees C
Tanna Dirs. Bentley Dean & Martin Butler. Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain, Marceline Rofit B
Tickled Dirs. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Documentary about online tickling network D+
The Treasure Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu. With Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei A–
Under the Shadow Dir. Babak Anvari. Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi B
White Girl Dir. Elizabeth Wood. Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, India Mendez, Justin Bartha B
The Witch Dir. Robert Eggers. With Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw C

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Beautiful Something Dir. Joseph Graham. With Zack Ryan, Brian Sheppard, Colman Domingo C+
Bridget Jones's Baby Dir. Sharon Maguire. Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey B–
Closet Monster Dir. Stephen Dunn. Connor Jessup, voice of Isabella Rossellini B
The Conjuring 2 Dir. James Wan. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe C+
Deepwater Horizon Dir. Peter Berg. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez C
Denial Dir. Mick Jackson. Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott C
Don't Breathe Dir. Fede Alvarez. Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang D–
Florence Foster Jenkins Dir. Stephen Frears. Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg B–
Front Cover Dir. Ray Leung. Jake Choi, James Chen, Elizabeth Sung, Ming Lee C+
Ghostbusters Dir. Paul Feig. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon D+
Goat Dir. Andrew Neel. Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Danny Flaherty, Gus Halper B–
Hacksaw Ridge Dir. Mel Gibson. Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington C–
Hello, My Name Is Doris Dir. Michael Showalter. With Sally Field, Max Greenfield B–
The Intervention Dir. Clea DuVall. With Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza B
The Jungle Book Dir. Jon Favreau. Neel Sethi, voices of Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o C+
Lazy Eye Dir. Tim Kirkman. Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis, Michaela Watkins B–
The Light Between Oceans Dir. Derek Cianfrance. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander C+
Lights Out Dir. David F. Sandberg. Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello D
Lion Dir. Garth Davis. Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham B–
The Nice Guys Dir. Shane Black. With Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice C+
Nocturnal Animals Dir. Tom Ford. Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon D
Other People Dir. Chris Kelly. Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford B
The Secret Life of Pets Dir. Chris Renaud. Voices of Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart C+
The Shallows Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. With Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge B–
Snowden Dir. Oliver Stone. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans B–
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Dir. Deborah S. Esquenazi B–
Star Trek: Beyond Dir. Justin Lin. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Idris Elba B

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
Almost Christmas Dir. David E. Talbert. Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union C–
Blair Witch Dir. Adam Wingard. James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott C
Genius Dir. Michael Grandage. With Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney F
Jason Bourne Dir. Paul Greengrass. Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones C–
A Man Called Ove Dir. Hannes Holm. Rolf Lassgård, Filip Berg, Bahar Pars C
Money Monster Dir. Jodie Foster. With George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts C–