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The Movies of 2017: World Premieres
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Full Listing of Films Screened

⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
Ava Dir. Sadaf Foroughi. Mahour Jabbari, Shayesteh Sajadi, Bahar Noohian A–
Get Out Dir. Jordan Peele. Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener A–
Good Time Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress A–
Last Men in Aleppo Dir. Feras Fayyad. Documentary about Syrian rescue workers A–
Life and Nothing More Dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza. Andrew Bleechington A
mother! Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris B
Western Dir. Valeska Grisebach. Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek A
Zama Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Minujín, Matheus Nachtergaele A

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
A Ciambra Dir. Jonas Carpignano. Pio Amato, Damiano Amato, Koudous Seihon A–
Beatriz at Dinner Dir. Miguel Arteta. Salma Hayek, Connie Britton, John Lithgow B+
BPM (Beats Per Minute) Dir. Robin Campillo. Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart B
Disappearance Dir. Ali Asgari. Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran, Nazanin Ahmadi B+
Dunkirk Dir. Christopher Nolan. Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance B
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary B+
First They Killed My Father Dir. Angelina Jolie. Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung B
A Ghost Story Dir. David Lowery. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Liz Franke, Sonia Acevedo B
The Judge Dir. Erika Cohn. Documentary about Palestinian female Shari'a judge B
Lean on Pete Dir. Andrew Haigh. Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz A–
Mr. Gay Syria Dir. Ayşe Toprak. Documentary about a gay Syrian refugees' pageant B+
Mrs. Fang Dir. Wang Bing. Documentary about the death of a Chinese woman B
Mudbound Dir. Dee Rees. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke B–
The Nothing Factory Dir. Pedro Pinho. José Smith Vargas, Njamy Sebastião B
On Body and Soul Dir. Ildikó Enyedi. Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi B
Our People Will Be Healed Dir. Alanis Obomsawin. Documentary A–
Patti Cake$ Dir. Geremy Jasper. Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay A–
Razzia Dir. Nabil Ayouch. Amine Ennaji, Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter B+
The Square Dir. Ruben Östlund. Claes Bang, Terry Notary, Elisabeth Moss B
They Dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. Rhys Fehrenbacher, Nicole Coffineau, Koohyar Hosseini B+
Waru Dirs. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, et al. B

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
Alanis Dir. Anahí Berneri. Sofia Gala Castiglione, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabater B
Ana, mon amour Dir. Călin Peter Netzer. Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti B
Atomic Blonde Dir. David Leitch. Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones B+
Baby Driver Dir. Edgar Wright. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm C
Battle of the Sexes Dirs. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton. Emma Stone, Steve Carell B–
Beach Rats Dir. Eliza Hittman. Harris Dickinson, Frank Hadaj, David Ivanov B
The Beguiled Dir. Sofia Coppola. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell B
The Big Sick Dir. Michael Showalter. Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter B
Blueprint Dir. Daryl Wein. Jerod Haynes, Tai'isha Davis, Sandra Adams-Monegain B
Detroit Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Algee Smith, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore C
Disobedience Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola B
The Final Year Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Obama-era foreign policy B
Ghost in the Shell Dir. Rupert Sanders. Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk C+
Girls Trip Dir. Malcolm D. Lee. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish B
Good Luck Dir. Ben Russell. Documentary about Serbian and Surinamese mines B+
Happy End Dir. Michael Haneke. Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin C–
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Dir. Macon Blair. Melanie Lynskey B
In the Fade Dir. Fatih Akin. Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar B
An Inconvenient Sequel Dirs. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Documentary B
Ingrid Goes West Dir. Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr. B
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan C
The Legend of the Ugly King Dir. Greg Barker. Documentary about Yilmaz Güney B
Logan Lucky Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig B–
The Lovers Dir. Azazel Jacobs. Tracy Letts, Debra Winger, Melora Walters B–
Luk'Luk'I Dir. Wayne Wapeemukwa. Angel Gates, Ken Harrower, Eric Buurman C+
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Dir. Mouly Surya. Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra C+
Occidental Dir. Neïl Beloufa. Idir Chender, Paul Hamy, Anna Ivacheff B
The Other Side of Everything Dir. Mila Turajlić. Documentary B+
The Rape of Recy Taylor Dir. Nancy Buirski. Documentary about a 1944 rape case B
Rogers Park Dir. Kyle Henry. Christine Horn, Jonny Mars, Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny B
Sheikh Jackson Dir. Amr Salama. Ahmad Alfishawy, Ahmed Malek, Maged El Kedwany B
Step Dir. Amanda Lipitz. Documentary about step-dancing Baltimore high school seniors B
The Summit Dir. Santiago Mitre. Ricardo Darín, Érica Rivas, Dolores Fonzi B–
Sweet Country Dir. Warwick Thornton. Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey Furber B
Viceroy's House Dir. Gurinder Chadha. Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal B–
Wajib Dir. Annemarie Jacir. Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik, Leila Bakri B–
War for the Planet of the Apes Dir. Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson B
Wind River Dir. Taylor Sheridan. Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene B–
Wonder Woman Dir. Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Danny Huston D+

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Alien: Covenant Dir. Ridley Scott. Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender C+
Barrage Dir. Laura Schroeder. Lolita Chammah, Themis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert C+
Dark River Dir. Clio Barnard. Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Shane Attwooll C
The Day After Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byeok C
The Hungry Dir. Bornila Chatterjee. Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel C
Marshall Dir. Reginald Hudlin. Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown D+
The Midwife Dir. Martin Provost. Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet B
My Cousin Rachel Dir. Roger Michell. Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger C+
Split Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley D
Victoria & Abdul Dir. Stephen Frears. Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard C–

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
The Hero Dir. Brett Haley. With Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter C–
It Comes at Night Dir. Trey Edward Shults. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Joel Edgerton C+
Landline Dir. Gillian Robespierre. Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Edie Falco D+
The Trip to Spain Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon C