Contemporary (2010 - 20xx) American auteur cinema set in the present

A dispiriting trend is that a number of the most vital American directors of a recent vintage (thinking those who emerged between 25 and 50 years ago) who are still working have struggled to grapple with addressing the contemporary moment (i.e., since 2010) head on and have retreated to making strictly period pieces. Not that I think that's necessarily bad, per se, and there are a lot of reasons for it (largely naked capitalism), but it is a little depressing to know that the most recent e.g., Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino films set in the present were released in 2002, 2006, and 2007, respectively.

Trying to collect all those set in the present in one place. Dumb but whatever. Open to recommendations. Oh, and a different name for the list.

  • The Ghost Writer
  • Greenberg
  • Somewhere
  • Road to Nowhere
  • My Soul to Take
  • Unstoppable
  • How Do You Know
  • Scream 4
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth
  • Contagion
  • Twixt
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Haywire
  • Meanwhile
  • The Three Stooges
  • Magic Mike
  • Foxfur
  • Red Hook Summer
  • Frances Ha
  • To the Wonder
  • Spring Breakers
  • Passion
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Promised Land
  • Flight
  • Bullet to the Head
  • Marfa Girl
  • Before Midnight
  • Side Effects
  • Nebraska
  • The Canyons
  • Night Moves
  • Enough Said
  • The Counselor
  • Djinn
  • Oldboy
  • Welcome to New York
  • The Smell of Us
  • She's Funny That Way
  • Burying the Ex
  • While We're Young
  • Ned Rifle
  • Gone Girl
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Dying of the Light
  • Blackhat
  • Mistress America
  • Knight of Cups
  • Aloha
  • The Intern
  • Chi-Raq
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Certain Women
  • The Assignment
  • Paterson
  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Split
  • Song to Song
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Logan Lucky
  • First Reformed
  • Downsizing
  • Mosaic
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Unsane
  • Marfa Girl 2
  • The Land of Steady Habits
  • The Mule
  • Glass
  • High Flying Bird
  • The Beach Bum
  • Tommaso
  • Domino
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • Marriage Story
  • The Laundromat
  • 6 Underground
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Let Them All Talk
  • Old
  • The Card Counter