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The Movies of 2016: World Premieres
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Full Listing of Films Screened

(Most recent links don't work yet, but I'm updating! Thanks for your patience this year.)

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
24 Weeks Dir. Anne Zohra Berrached. Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf 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+
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–
I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck. Nonfiction collage drawn from James Baldwin B+
Moonlight Dir. Barry Jenkins. Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes A–
Raising Bertie Dir. Margaret Byrne. Documentary about three black teens in North Carolina A–
Silence Dir. Marin Scorsese. Andrew Garfield, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Adam Driver, Issey Ogata B+
Starless Dreams Dir. Mehrdad Oskovei. Documentary about Iranian girls' prison A–
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
93 Days Dir. Steve Gukas. Somkele Idhalama, Bimbo Akintola, Seun Kentebe, Danny Glover B–
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
The Birth of a Nation Dir. Nate Parker. Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King B
Certain Women Dir. Kelly Reichardt. With Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone B
Crosscurrent Dir. Yang Chao. Qin Hao, Xin Zhilei, Tan Kai, Wang Hongwei, Wu Lipeng 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–
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–
Last Men Standing Dirs. Erin Bethauer and Tim Hussin. Documentary B+
Layla M. Dir. Mijke De Jong. Nora El Koussour, Ilias Addab, Hassan Akkouch 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+
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
Panamerican Machinery Dir. Joaquin del Paso. Javier Zaragoza, Ramiro Orozco B+
Paterson Dir. Jim Jarmusch. Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley B
Personal Shopper Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Kristen Stewart, Sigrid Bouaziz, Lars Eidinger B
Queen of Katwe Dir. Mira Nair. Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o B
A Quiet Passion Dir. Terence Davies. Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine B+
The Salesman Dir. Asghar Farhadi. Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi A–
Samuel in the Clouds Dir. Pieter Van Eecke. Documentary about ski-lift operator B+
Sieranevada Dir. Cristi Puiu. Mimi Branescu, Marin Grigore, Rolando Matsangos 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
Tomcat Dir. Klaus Händl. Lukas Turtur, Philipp Hochmair, Thomas Stipsits, Manuel Rubey A–
Wolf and Sheep Dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat. Sediqa, Qodrat, Amina, Sahar, Masuma, Zekria B+

③ Worth an opinion, so try to make the time
10 Cloverfield Lane Dir. Dan Trachtenberg. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman C
American Anarchist Dir. Charlie Siskel. Documentary about The Anarchist Cookbook 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
Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Dir. Fisher Stevens, et al. B
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–
Daddy's Boy Dir. Daniel Armando. Al Miro, Jonathan Iglesias, Joe Lopez, James Koroni B+
Deadpool Dir. Tim Miller. Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller C
The Edge of Seventeen Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig. Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson 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
Girls Don't Fly Dir. Monika Grassl. Documentary about Ghanaian aviation academy B+
Heartstone Dir. Guðmunder Amar Guðmundsson. Balður Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson C+
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
I, Daniel Blake Dir. Ken Loach. Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann B
Indignation Dir. James Schamus. Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein C
Karl Marx City Dirs. Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker. Documentary about the Stasi B
Kékszakállû Dir. Gastón Solnicki. Laila Maltz, Natali Maltz, María Soldi B
The Landscape Within Dir. Andrea Capranico. Documentary about queer Filipino artist B+
Loving Dir. Jeff Nichols. Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas B–
Malaria Dir. Parvaz Shahbazi. Saed Soheili, Saghar Ghanaat, Azarakhsh Farahani B
Manchester by the Sea Dir. Kenneth Lonergan. Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler B
A Mere Breath Dir. Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan. Documentary about Romanian family B+
Mirzya Dir. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Choudhry 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
Paradise Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. Yuliya Vysotskaya, Peter Kurth, Filipp Dyuken B
Prevenge Dir. Alice Lowe. Alice Lowe, Kayvan Novak, Gemma Whelan, Tom Davis C+
Raw Dir. Julia DuCournau. Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella B
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dir. Gareth Edwards. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna B–
Santa y Andrés Dir. Carlos Lechuga. Lola Amores, Eduardo Martínez, George Abreu B
Sing Street Dir. John Carney. With Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Ben Carolan B+
Staying Vertical Dir. Alain Guiraudie. Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry B–
The Swedish Theory of Love Dir. Erik Gandini. Documentary about individualism B
Swiss Army Man Dirs. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan. Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe C
Tickled Dirs. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Documentary about online tickling network D+
Under the Shadow Dir. Babak Anvari. Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi B
Upstairs Inferno Dir. Robert L. Camina. Documentary about a New Orleans hate crime B
We Are the Flesh Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter. Noé Hernández, María Evoli B–
White Girl Dir. Elizabeth Wood. Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, India Mendez, Justin Bartha B

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Among Wolves Dir. Shawn Convey. Documentary about humanitarian biker gang in Bosnia B
Are We Not Cats Dir. Xander Robin. Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea LJ Lopez B–
Bridget Jones's Baby Dir. Sharon Maguire. Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey B–
bwoy Dir. John G. Young. Anthony Rapp, Jimmy Brooks, De'Adre Aziza, Ashton Randle B–
The Conjuring 2 Dir. James Wan. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe C+
The Daughter Dir. Luis Sampieri. María Laura Cuarhavilca, Santiago Paz Posse 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–
Finals Dir. Adel Yaraghi. Shahab Hosseini, Amir Salamati, Behnam Asgari, Leila Zare C+
Florence Foster Jenkins Dir. Stephen Frears. Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg B–
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–
Illegitimate Dir. Adrian Sitaru. Robi Urs, Alina Grigore, Bogdan Albulescu, Cristina Olteanu C+
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–
Ministry of Love Dir. Pavo Marinković. Stjepan Perić, Dražen Kühn, Ecija Ojdanić 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 Revival: Women and the Word Dir. Sekiya Dorsett. Documentary 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
Strike a Pose Dirs. Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. Documentary about backup dancers B–
Taekwondo Dirs. Marco Berger and Martin Farina. Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa B
Where You're Meant to Be Dir. Paul Fegan. Documentary about Scottish ballads B–

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
Almost Christmas Dir. David E. Talbert. Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union C–
Before the Fall Dir. Byrum Geisler. Ethan Sharrett, Chase Conner, Jonathan Horvath D
Blair Witch Dir. Adam Wingard. James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott C
The Darkness Dir. Daniel Castro Zimbrón. Brontis Jodorowsky, Aliocha Sotnikoff C+
Fado Dir. Jonas Rothlaender. Golo Euler, Luise Heyer, Albano Jerónimo, Pirjo Lonka 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–
Money Monster Dir. Jodie Foster. With George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts C–