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The Movies of 2019: U.S. Releases
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Full Listing of Films Screened

February 2020
The Aspern Papers Dir. Julien Landais. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson D
One Child Nation Dirs. Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang. Documentary about China B

January 2020
América Dirs. Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside. Documentary about elderly caretaking B+
The Edge of Democracy Dir. Petra Costa. Documentary about Brazilian politics B+
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Dir. Dean DeBlois B–
Missing Link Dir. Chris Butler. Voices of Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis B–
Klaus Dir. Sergio Pablos. Voices of Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones C–
I Lost My Body Dir. Jérémy Clapin. Voices of Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois C+
Redoubt Dir. Matthew Barney. Anette Wachter, Matthew Barney, K.J. Holmes C+
Midnight Family Dir. Luke Lorentzen. Documentary about Mexican ambulance crew B
Just Mercy Dir. Destin Daniel Cretton. Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rafe Spall C–
The Two Popes Dir. Fernando Meirelles. Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins C–
1917 Dir. Sam Mendes. George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth C+

December 2019
Little Women Dir. Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson B+
Cats Dir. Tom Hooper. Francesca Hayward, Robbie Fairchild, Judi Dench, Idris Elba F
Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Dir. J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley C+
Richard Jewell Dir. Clint Eastwood. Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates B–
Bombshell Dir. Jay Roach. Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman C
Synonyms Dir. Nadav Lapid. Tom Mercier, Louise Chevillotte, Quentin Dolmaire B+

November 2019
Monos Dir. Alejandro Landes. Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Moisés Arias B
5B Dir. Paul Haggis, Dan Krauss. Documentary about first AIDS hospital ward B+
Queen & Slim Dir. Melina Matsoukas. Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith B
Midnight Traveler Dir. Hassan Fazili. Documentary about filmmaker in exile A–
The Hottest August Dir. Brett Story. Documentary about modern New Yorkers C+
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open Dirs. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers,
      Kathleen Hepburn. Violet Nelson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve A–
In My Room Dir. Ulrich Köhler. Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn B+
Rojo Dir. Benjamin Naishtat. Darío Grandinetti, Alfredo Castro, Diego Cremonesi B+
Asako I & II Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. Erika Karata, Masahiro Higashide, Sairi Itô B
The Chambermaid Dir. Lila Avilés. Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez B
An Elephant Sitting Still Dir. Hu Bo. Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu, Wang Yuwen B+
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Dir. Marielle Heller. Matthew Rhys A
Knives Out Dir. Rian Johnson. Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer B
Waves Dir. Trey Edward Shults. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown A–
Styx Dir. Wolfgang Fischer. Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Alexander Beyer B+
Black Mother Dir. Khalid Allah. Documentary about contemporary Jamaica A
The Report Dir. Scott Z. Burns. Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm D+
Uncut Gems Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, LaKeith Stanfield C+
Peterloo Dir. Mike Leigh. David Moorst, Neil Bell, Rory Kinnear, Philip Jackson A–
Too Late to Die Young Dir. Dominga Sotomayor. Demian Hernández, Antar Machado B+
The Third Wife Dir. Ash Mayfair. Nguyễn Phương Trà My, Mai Thu Hường B+
American Factory Dirs. Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert. Documentary about Ohio plant A–
The Kingmaker Dir. Lauren Greenfield. Documentary about Imelda Marcos C+
The Wind Dir. Emma Tammi. Caitlin Gerard, Ashley Zukerman, Julia Goldani Telles C–
The Nightingale Dir. Jennifer Kent. Aisling Franciosi, Baykali Ganambarr, Sam Claflin B–
The Burial of Kojo Dir. Blitz Bazawule. Cynthia Dankwa, Joseph Otsiman B
The Gospel of Eureka Dirs. Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher. Documentary B+
The Blonde One Dir. Marco Berger. Gaston Re, Alfonso Barón, Melissa Falter B+
Ma Dir. Tate Taylor. Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller B–
Luce Dir. Julius Onah. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth D+
High Flying Bird Dir. Steven Soderbergh. André Holland, Zazi Beetz, Melvin Gregg B
Ford v Ferrari Dir. James Mangold. Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Josh Lucas, Tracy Letts C+
The Laundromat Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas C
American Woman Dir. Jake Scott. Sienna Miller, Aidan McGraw, Aidan Fiske B
Dolemite Is My Name Dir. Craig Brewer. Eddie Murphy, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson B
Marriage Story Dir. Noah Baumbach. Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern C
Dark Waters Dir. Todd Haynes. Mark Ruffalo, Bill Camp, Anne Hathaway A–
The Cave Dir. Feras Fayyad. Documentary about underground Syrian hospital A
The Irishman Dir. Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci A–
Frankie Dir. Ira Sachs. Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier C

October 2019
Harriet Dir. Kasi Lemmons. Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monaé C+
Jojo Rabbit Dir. Taika Waititi. Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie D+
Atlantics Dir. Mati Diop. Mame Bineta Sane, Ibrahima Traoré, Babacar Sylla A
A Hidden Life Dir. Terrence Malick. August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Franz Rogowski C+
Honey Boy Dir. Alma Har'el. Noah Jupe, Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges B
Tremors Dir. Jayro Bustamante. Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas Zebadúa B+
By the Grace of God Dir. François Ozon. Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet A–
Les Misérables Dir. Ladj Ly. Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga B
Parasite Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Choi Woo-sik, Park So-dam, Song Kang-ho A–
Clemency Dir. Chinonye Chukwu. Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce B+
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Dir. Céline Sciamma. Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel A–
Motherless Brooklyn Dir. Edward Norton. Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw D–
Joker Dir. Todd Phillips. Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz B
Pain & Glory Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. Antonio Banderas, Asier Flores, Penélope Cruz B+
Little Joe Dir. Jessica Hausner. Emily Beecham, Kit Connor, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox D
For Sama Dirs. Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts. Documentary about warfare in Syria A–
The Lighthouse Dir. Robert Eggers. Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman B–
Burning Cane Dir. Phillip Youmans. Karen Kaia Livers, Wendell Pierce B+

September 2019
Judy Dir. Rupert Goold. Renée Zellweger, Darci Shaw, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock C–
End of the Century Dir. Lucio Castro. Juan Barberini, Roman Pujol, Mía Maestro A–
Ad Astra Dir. James Gray. Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler B+
Hustlers Dir. Lorene Scafaria. Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer B+

August 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette Dir. Richard Linklater. Cate Blanchett, Emma Nelson C
Honeyland Dirs. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov. Documentary about a beekeeper A–
Maiden Dir. Alex Holmes. Documentary about all-female crew sailing around the world B

July 2019
Ray & Liz Dir. Richard Billingham. Patrick Romer, Ella Smith, Justin Salinger A–
Long Shot Dir. Jonathan Levine. Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael B–
Little Dir. Tina Gordon. Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, Tone Bell, Justin Hartley C+
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood Dir. Quentin Tarantino. Leonardo DiCaprio B–
The Farewell Dir. Lulu Wang. Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Diana Lin, Tzi Ma, Chen Han C+
Midsommar Dir. Ari Aster. Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren C
Toy Story 4 Dir. Josh Cooley. Voices of Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks B
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Dir. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Documentary B–
Holiday Dir. Isabella Eklöf. Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Yuval Segal B–

June 2019
The Raft Dir. Marcus Lindeen. Documentary about maritime anthropology experiment B–
Wild Rose Dir. Tom Harper. Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo C
Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Dir. Jenifer McShane. Documentary about retraining police B+
Gay Chorus Deep South Dir. David Charles Rodrigues. Documentary B–
The Beach Bum Dir. Harmony Korine. Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher C
Under the Silver Lake Dir. David Robert Mitchell. Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough D+
Non-Fiction Dir. Olivier Assayas. Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne C
The Last Black Man in San Francisco Dir. Joe Talbot. Jimmie Fails B+
Late Night Dir. Nisha Ganatra. Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, Reid Scott C–
The Dead Don't Die Dir. Jim Jarmusch. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny C–
The Biggest Little Farm Dir. Don Chester. Documentary about a California farm B
Rocketman Dir. Dexter Fletcher. Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden C+
Booksmart Dir. Olivia Wilde. Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Skyler Gisondo C+

May 2019
The Souvenir Dir. Joanna Hogg. Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton B
The White Crow Dir. Ralph Fiennes. Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Ralph Fiennes C+
Serenity Dir. Steven Knight. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong F

April 2019
Little Woods Dir. Nia DaCosta. Tessa Thompson, Lily James, James Badge Dale C
Diane Dir. Kent Jones. Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O'Connell A–
Her Smell Dir. Alex Ross Perry. Elisabeth Moss, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin C+
Hotel by the River Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Ki Joo-bong, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yoo Joon-sang C–
Knife + Heart Dir. Yann Gonzalez. Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet D+
Sunset Dir. László Nemes. Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Levenete Molnár, Julia Jakubowska B–
The Mustang Dir. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern C+

March 2019
Woman at War Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson. Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jˇhann Sigurðarson A–
Us Dir. Jordan Peele. Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph B
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral Dir. Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry D

October 2018
Sorry Angel Dir. Christophe Honoré. Pierre Deladonchamps, Vincent Lacoste B
At War Dir. Stéphane Brizé. Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jean Grosset B+
This Changes Everything Dir. Tom Donahue. Documentary about Hollywood sexism B–
Birds of Passage Dirs. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra. Natalia Reyes, José Acosta B
Sauvage Dir. Camille Vidal-Naquet. Félix Maritaud, Éric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla B

September 2018
Climax Dir. Gaspar Noé. Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub C+
What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? Dir. Roberto Minervini A–
Diamantino Dirs. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt. Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares B–
The Image Book Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Images and texts evoking modern chaos A–
Ash Is Purest White Dir. Jia Zhangke. Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Diao Yinan B+
Our Time Dir. Carlos Reygadas. Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Phil Burgers D+
Transit Dir. Christian Petzold. Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese B–
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians Dir. Radu Jude B
Long Day's Journey into Night Dir. Bi Gan. Huang Jue, Tang Wei, Li Meng B
The Wild Pear Tree Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir B
High Life Dir. Claire Denis. Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth A–
Angels Are Made of Light Dir. James Longley. Documentary about Afghanistan B
In Fabric Dir. Peter Strickland. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jaygann Ayeh C–
3 Faces Dir. Jafar Panahi. Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei B+
Gloria Bell Dir. Sebastián Lelio. Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Caren Pistorius B
ANIARA Dirs. Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja. Emelie Jonsson, Arvin Kananian B+
Girls of the Sun Dir. Eva Husson. Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot C+
Rafiki Dir. Wanuri Kahiu. Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Jimmy Gathu B–
Touch Me Not Dir. Adina Pintilie. Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Hanna Hofmann B

May 2018
Fast Color Dir. Julia Hart. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney B–

April 2018
Abducted in Plain Sight Dir. Skye Borgman. Documentary about child abduction B