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The Movies of 2016: World Premieres
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Top Ten List (January 2017)

1.  Things to Come Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve. Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, André Marcon A
2.  20th Century Women Dir. Mike Mills. Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Greta Gerwig A
3.  Raising Bertie Dir. Margaret Byrne. Documentary about three black teens in North Carolina A–
4.  Moonlight Dir. Barry Jenkins. Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes A–
5.  Do Not Resist Dir. Craig Atkinson. Documentary about the militarizing of U.S. police A–
6.  Aquarius Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho. Sonia Braga, Humberto Carrão, Zoraide Coleto A–
7.  Fire at Sea Dir. Gianfranco Rosi. Documentary about children and refugees in Lampedusa A–
8.  24 Weeks Dir. Anne Zohra Berrached. Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf A–
9.  Starless Dreams Dir. Mehrdad Oskovei. Documentary about Iranian girls' prison A–
10.  Tomcat Dir. Klaus Händl. Lukas Turtur, Philipp Hochmair, Thomas Stipsits, Manuel Rubey A–



Remainder of Films Screened

Elle Dir. Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling A–
The Salesman Dir. Asghar Farhadi. Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi A–

American Honey Dir. Andrea Arnold. Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough B+
Cameraperson Dir. Kirsten Johnson. Collage of footage from a cinematographer's career B+
Crosscurrent Dir. Yang Chao. Qin Hao, Xin Zhilei, Tan Kai, Wang Hongwei, Wu Lipeng B+
Daddy's Boy Dir. Daniel Armando. Al Miro, Jonathan Iglesias, Joe Lopez, James Koroni B+
The Edge of Seventeen Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig. Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson B+
Girls Don't Fly Dir. Monika Grassl. Documentary about Ghanaian aviation academy B+
I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck. Nonfiction collage drawn from James Baldwin B+
Julieta Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Daniel Grao, Rossy De Palma B+
The Landscape Within Dir. Andrea Capranico. Documentary about queer Filipino artist B+
Last Men Standing Dirs. Erin Bethauer and Tim Hussin. Documentary B+
A Mere Breath Dir. Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan. Documentary about Romanian family 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+
Panamerican Machinery Dir. Joaquin del Paso. Javier Zaragoza, Ramiro Orozco B+
A Quiet Passion Dir. Terence Davies. Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine B+
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+
Silence Dir. Marin Scorsese. Andrew Garfield, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Adam Driver, Issey Ogata B+
Sing Street Dir. John Carney. With Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Ben Carolan 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+
Toni Erdmann Dir. Maren Ade. Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Thomas Loibl B+
Wolf and Sheep Dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat. Sediqa, Qodrat, Amina, Sahar, Masuma, Zekria B+

13th Dir. Ava DuVernay. Documentary about the racial history of U.S. incarceration B
Abortion: Stories Women Tell Dir. Tracy Droz Tragos. Clinic-based documentary B
Among Wolves Dir. Shawn Convey. Documentary about humanitarian biker gang in Bosnia B
Arrival Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg B
Being 17 Dir. André Téchiné. Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Sandrine Kiberlain B
The Birth of a Nation Dir. Nate Parker. Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King B
Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Dir. Fisher Stevens, et al. B
Captain Fantastic Dir. Matt Ross. Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler B
Certain Women Dir. Kelly Reichardt. With Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone 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
Hail, Caesar! Dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes B
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
The Intervention Dir. Clea DuVall. With Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza B
Karl Marx City Dirs. Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker. Documentary about the Stasi B
Kékszakállú Dir. Gastón Solnicki. Laila Maltz, Natali Maltz, María Soldi 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
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
Midnight Special Dir. Jeff Nichols. Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst B
Mirzya Dir. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Choudhry B
O.J.: Made in America Dir. Ezra Edelman. Documentary about ex-athlete tried for murderer B
Other People Dir. Chris Kelly. Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford B
Paradise Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. Yuliya Vysotskaya, Peter Kurth, Filipp Dyuken 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
Raw Dir. Julia DuCournau. Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella B
The Revival: Women and the Word Dir. Sekiya Dorsett. Documentary B
Santa y Andrés Dir. Carlos Lechuga. Lola Amores, Eduardo Martínez, George Abreu B
Star Trek: Beyond Dir. Justin Lin. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Idris Elba B
Sully Dir. Clint Eastwood. Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Mike O'Malley B
The Swedish Theory of Love Dir. Erik Gandini. Documentary about individualism B
Taekwondo Dirs. Marco Berger and Martin Farina. Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa B
Trapped Dir. Dawn Porter. Documentary about embattled abortion providers in the U.S. South B
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
Weiner Dirs. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Documentary about political campaign B
White Girl Dir. Elizabeth Wood. Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, India Mendez, Justin Bartha B
Zootopia Dirs. Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman B

93 Days Dir. Steve Gukas. Somkele Idhalama, Bimbo Akintola, Seun Kentebe, Danny Glover B–
American Anarchist Dir. Charlie Siskel. Documentary about The Anarchist Cookbook 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–
Christine Dir. Antonio Campos. Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia B–
Florence Foster Jenkins Dir. Stephen Frears. Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg B–
Goat Dir. Andrew Neel. Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Danny Flaherty, Gus Halper B–
The Handmaiden Dir. Park Chan-wook. Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Jo Jin-woong 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–
Lazy Eye Dir. Tim Kirkman. Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis, Michaela Watkins B–
Lion Dir. Garth Davis. Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham B–
Loving Dir. Jeff Nichols. Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas B–
Ministry of Love Dir. Pavo Marinković. Stjepan Perić, Dražen Kühn, Ecija Ojdanić B–
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dir. Gareth Edwards. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna B–
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–
Staying Vertical Dir. Alain Guiraudie. Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry B–
Strike a Pose Dirs. Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. Documentary about backup dancers B–
We Are the Flesh Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter. Noé Hernández, María Evoli B–
Where You're Meant to Be Dir. Paul Fegan. Documentary about Scottish ballads B–

The Conjuring 2 Dir. James Wan. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe C+
The Darkness Dir. Daniel Castro Zimbrón. Brontis Jodorowsky, Aliocha Sotnikoff C+
The Daughter Dir. Luis Sampieri. María Laura Cuarhavilca, Santiago Paz Posse C+
Finals Dir. Adel Yaraghi. Shahab Hosseini, Amir Salamati, Behnam Asgari, Leila Zare C+
Heartstone Dir. Guðmunder Amar Guðmundsson. Balður Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson C+
Illegitimate Dir. Adrian Sitaru. Robi Urs, Alina Grigore, Bogdan Albulescu, Cristina Olteanu C+
Jackie Dir. Pablo Larraín. Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig C
The Jungle Book Dir. Jon Favreau. Neel Sethi, voices of Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o C+
The Light Between Oceans Dir. Derek Cianfrance. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander C+
The Nice Guys Dir. Shane Black. With Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice C+
Prevenge Dir. Alice Lowe. Alice Lowe, Kayvan Novak, Gemma Whelan, Tom Davis C+
The Secret Life of Pets Dir. Chris Renaud. Voices of Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart C+

10 Cloverfield Lane Dir. Dan Trachtenberg. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman C
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Dir. Ang Lee. Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel C
Blair Witch Dir. Adam Wingard. James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott C
Café Society Dir. Woody Allen. With Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell C
Deadpool Dir. Tim Miller. Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller 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
Fado Dir. Jonas Rothlaender. Golo Euler, Luise Heyer, Albano Jerónimo, Pirjo Lonka C
Indignation Dir. James Schamus. Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein C
The Love Witch Dir. Anna Biller. Samantha Robinson, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys C
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
Swiss Army Man Dirs. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan. Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe C

Almost Christmas Dir. David E. Talbert. Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union C–
Everybody Wants Some!! Dir. Richard Linklater. With Blake Jenner, Glen Powell C–
Hacksaw Ridge Dir. Mel Gibson. Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington C–
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–

Ghostbusters Dir. Paul Feig. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon D+
Tickled Dirs. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Documentary about online tickling network D+

Before the Fall Dir. Byrum Geisler. Ethan Sharrett, Chase Conner, Jonathan Horvath D
Lights Out Dir. David F. Sandberg. Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello D
Nocturnal Animals Dir. Tom Ford. Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon D

Don't Breathe Dir. Fede Alvarez. Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang D–

Genius Dir. Michael Grandage. With Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney F