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10 Cloverfield Lane - 3/11/16
22 Jump Street - 6/17/14
'71 - 3/15/15
45 Years - 12/23/15
99 Homes - 10/7/15
127 Hours  - 11/29/10
20,000 Days on Earth - 4/29/14

A

About Time - 2/25/14
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 5/30/14
American Hustle  - 12/12/13
American Sniper - 1/28/15
Amour - 1/22/13
Amy - 7/12/15
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 12/23/13
Anomalisa - 11/2/15
Ant-Man - 7/23/15
The Apartment - 1/2/14
Argo - 10/30/12
The Assassin - 11/12/15
August: Osage County - 1/23/14
Avengers: Age of Ultron - 5/3/15

B

The Babadook - 12/8/14
Batman: The Killing Joke - 9/7/16
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - 3/27/16
Begin Again - 7/7/14
Big Eyes - 12/26/14
Big Hero 6 - 11/12/14
The Big Short - 12/10/15
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - 10/26/14
Birth - 3/17/15
Bird People - 10/3/14
Black Mass - 9/21/15
Black Swan - 12/6/10
Blue is the Warmest Color - 11/11/13
Blue Valentine - 1/11/11
The Book of Life - 10/18/14
The Boxtrolls - 9/29/14
Boyhood - 7/20/14
Bridge of Spies - 11/18/15
Brooklyn - 11/16/15
Buzzard - 3/13/15

C

Cafe Society - 8/3/16
Calvary - 9/29/14
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 4/7/14
Captain America: Civil War - 5/5/16
Carol - 12/7/15
Citizenfour - 12/17/14
Clouds of Sils Maria - 4/21/15
Coherence - 8/9/14
Creed - 11/30/15
Crimson Peak - 10/19/15

D

Dallas Buyers Club - 11/14/13
The Danish Girl - 12/19/15
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 7/12/14
Deadpool - 2/16/16
Dear White People - 11/8/14
Dope - 6/25/15
The Double - 6/16/14
Drug War - 12/17/13
The Duke of Burgundy - 1/24/15

E

Edge of Tomorrow - 6/9/14
The End of the Tour - 8/6/15
Enemy - 10/14/14
Ernest and Celestine - 10/15/14
Everybody Wants Some!! - 4/12/16
Ex Machina - 4/19/15

F

Fantastic Four (Review/Analysis) - 8/12/15
The Fault in Our Stars - 6/18/14
Faults - 3/11/15
Finding Dory - 6/22/16
Flight - 11/7/12
Force Majeure - 11/20/14
Foxcatcher - 12/1/14
Frances Ha - 11/22/13
Frank - 9/28/14
Frozen - 12/2/13
Fruitvale Station - 1/30/14

G

The Gambler - 12/27/14
Ghostbusters (2016) - 7/19/16
Gimme the Loot - 12/17/13
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night - 1/4/15
Godzilla - 6/6/14
God Help the Girl - 10/17/14
Gone Girl (Review/Further Analysis) - 10/4/14
The Good Dinosaur - 11/26/15
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 3/17/14
Grand Piano - 8/24/14
The Great Beauty - 12/19/13
Guardians of the Galaxy - 8/1/14
The Guest - 1/9/15

H

Hail, Caesar! - 2/5/16
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1 - 11/29/10
The Hateful Eight (Roadshow Edition) - 12/25/15
Her - 12/27/13
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 12/27/12
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 12/28/13
The Hollars - 05/02/16
The Host (2006) - 8/8/14
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 6/17/14
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 11/24/13
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - 11/24/14
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - 11/22/15

I

Ida - 7/7/14
The Imitation Game - 12/28/14
The Immigrant - 7/14/14
...In a World - 1/31/14
Indignation - 8/11/16
Inherent Vice - 1/10/15
Into the Woods - 12/25/14
Inside Llewyn Davis - 12/21/13
Inside Out - 6/19/15
Interstellar - 11/8/14
The Interview - 12/29/14
In the House - 12/17/13
It Follows - 3/22/15

J

Jafar Panahi's Taxi - 11/25/15
Joe - 4/23/14
Joy - 12/26/15
The Jungle Book (2016) - 04/15/16

K

Kate Plays Christine - 5/22/16
Kill Your Darlings - 11/18/13
Kubo and the Two Strings - 8/19/16

L

Last Days in Vietnam - 2/21/15
The Last Five Years - 2/20/15
Lee Daniels' The Butler - 1/31/14
The Lego Movie - 2/8/14
Les Miserables - 12/26/12
Liberal Arts - 10/20/14
Life Itself - 7/21/14
Life of Pi - 12/5/12
Listen Up Philip - 12/19/14
Little Men - 8/4/16
The Little Prince - 8/5/16
Locke - 5/24/14
The Look of Silence - 10/21/15
Love & Mercy - 7/5/15
Love is Strange - 9/27/14
Lucy - 7/31/14

M

Macbeth - 12/8/15
Mad Max: Fury Road - 5/15/15
Magic in the Moonlight - 8/3/14
The Magnificent Seven (2016) - 9/29/16
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 8/17/15
Maps to the Stars - 3/2/15
The Martian - 10/2/15
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - 5/13/15
Midnight Special - 4/4/16
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - 10/3/16
Mistress America - 08/21/15
A Most Violent Year - 1/25/15
A Most Wanted Man - 7/31/14
Mustang - 12/5/15

N

Nebraska - 12/5/13
Neighbors - 5/7/14
The Neon Demon - 6/22/16
Never Let Me Go - 1/3/11
The Nice Guys - 5/23/16
Nightcrawler - 11/2/14
Night Moves - 6/16/14
Noah - 3/30/14
Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 - 3/7/14
Nymphomaniac, Volume 2 - 3/21/14

O

Obvious Child - 7/23/14
Oldboy (2013) - 12/3/13
One More Time with Feeling - 9/9/16
Only Lovers Left Alive - 4/27/14
Out of the Furnace - 12/8/13

P

The Past - 2/3/14
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - 11/13/12
Philomena - 12/4/13
Pitch Perfect 2 - 5/16/15
The Place Beyond the Pines - 4/16/13

Q

Queen of Earth - 9/24/15

R

The Revenant - 12/22/15
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 7/11/14
Room - 10/15/15
Rush - 1/29/14

S

Saving Mr. Banks - 12/16/13
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - 9/14/10
Selma - 1/11/15
Short Term 12 - 1/17/14
Sicario - 10/8/15
Side Effects - 3/11/13
Silver Linings Playbook - 11/26/12
The Skeleton Twins - 9/23/14
Skyfall - 11/13/12
Slow West - 4/30/15
Snowpiercer - 7/6/14
The Social Network - 10/1/10
Son of Saul - 1/28/16
Spotlight - 11/9/15
Spring - 3/30/15
Spring Breakers (Review/Anaylsis) - 1/5/14
Spy - 6/7/15
The Stanford Prison Experiment - 9/24/15
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 12/20/15
Starred Up - 10/12/14
Steve Jobs - 10/26/15
Stoker - 3/11/13
Swiss Army Man - 07/05/16

T

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - 2/4/15
Tangled - 11/29/10
The Theory of Everything - 12/2/14
Thor: The Dark World - 11/19/13
Tomorrowland - 6/4/15
Top Five - 12/15/14
The Town - 9/21/10
Trainwreck - 7/20/15
Trance - 4/17/13
The Trip to Italy - 9/27/14
Two Days, One Night - 12/30/14

U

Unbroken - 12/31/14
Under the Skin - 4/16/14

V

Venus in Fur - 7/25/14
Veronica Mars - 3/14/14
Virunga - 2/18/15
The Voices - 2/19/15

W

The Wailing - 6/11/16
Warm Bodies - 2/6/13
Weiner - 6/13/16
What We Do in the Shadows - 3/16/15
While We're Young - 3/21/15
Whiplash - 10/24/14
Why Don't You Play in Hell? - 12/12/14
Wild - 12/16/14
The Wind Rises (Review/Analysis) - 3/4/14
The Witch - 2/18/16
The Wolf of Wall Street - 12/26/13
The Wolfpack - 7/9/15
Wreck-it Ralph - 11/5/12

X

X-Men: Days of Future Past - 5/24/14

Y

You're Next - 1/30/14

Z

Z for Zachariah - 9/24/15
Zero Dark Thirty - 1/6/13
The Zero Theorem - 8/20/14
Zootopia - 3/4/16