The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
"Despite grossly misrepresenting many facts, this is an interesting, well-acted movie. Too bad they felt they had to put Hollywood twists into a story that would have been better told had they stuck with what actually happened. "
Mother's Day (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
"10/10 for 7 year olds, but while the special effects are spectacular and beautiful, it's a cartoon and how can any adult sit still through this for 2 hours? Save me from any cartoon that lasts much longer than 7 minutes. "
The Meddler (2016)
"First the good news. This does, in fact, end...even though you might feel terminally trapped in this politically correct drivel.The only good things are J.K. Simmons who is in it for about 10 minutes and Juice Newton singing 'Angel of the Morning.' "
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
"It's all a bunch of nonsense, but the production values are high and the forests are enchanted, the special effects...are good, and the story is told with a wink and a lot of light-hearted touches, so there's nothing to get too upset about. "
" I've seen lots of baseball clips but there are clips in this film I've never seen, including some fine clips of the legendary Walter Johnson. But there's a lot more to it than that.This is a film that no baseball fan should miss. "
The Boss (2016)
"The team of McCarthy/spouse as auteurs threatens to give nepotism a bad name...there's good news and bad news. The good news is that it's only 90 minutes long; the bad news is that it is 90 minutes long. "
Miles Ahead (2016)
"Cheadle says, 'I had no interest in making another biopic since I found them full of contrivances and fabrications. You know, 'based on a true story'.' So he makes a biopic full of contrivances and fabrications and fictional characters. What a waste! "
"This story of Joan Rivers (one of very few comedians who could make me laugh uncontrollably) is told both by herself and her fellow comics with insight and lots of humor and clips. I'm sorry I can only give it a 10. "
I Saw the Light (2016)
"...huge mistake in minimizing the great music and in allowing Hiddleston to sing the songs himself instead of lip syncing to Williams' unique voice...then for 'Lovesick Blues,' they use Emmett Miller's voice instead of Hank's! How stupid can you get? "
Midnight Special (2016)
"The ending would appeal to Alain Resnais, who directed the puzzling 'Last Year at Marienbad'. But what do you do with a sci-fi movie? Oh well, it's finely directed and acted, and it's entertaining so that's all that matters. "
Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
"If this film had come out near the end of the year, I think that Field would be up for another Oscar (R). What she conveys in her eyes and facial expressions are what make the film a grabber. I think you'll "really like her!" "
Eye In The Sky (2016)
"Seems like a remake of Gable's 'Command Decision' updated for the 21st Century. The tension crackles as time is a-wastin' while everyone passes the buck. This is exceptionally realistic with a top flight performance by Helen Mirren in Gable's role. "
London Has Fallen (2016)
"...a script filled with hackneyed dialogue...automatic rifles that shoot thousands of bullets without needing reloading...filmmakers without the courage to identify Islamic Jihadists as the bad guys. How many more times will we have to see this? "
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Crazy About Tiffany's (2016)
"...a display of highly offensive conspicuous consumption by some snooty ladies who wear their privilege at the end of their stuck up noses. Frankly, until the last ten minutes I had a hard time staying awake. "
Eddie The Eagle (2016)
"...too long, too slow, has clumsy recreations of the sporting events, has an actor who doesn't reflect Owens' pleasing personality, and replaces facts with Hollywood fiction...Jessie Owens deserves better. "
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The Finest Hours (2016)
"...graphically captures all the dangers, gun fighting, bombs, and the uncertainty of the fight because it was all done in the dark of night by heroic independent contractors who have been ignored, even dissed, by the Democrats responsible. "
Ride Along 2 (2016)
"If this is a comedy, I'm Babe Ruth. The title should have been "misery," because that's what it is to sit through...the denouement is über unrealistc, even for Hollywood...This picture proves that a great cast a great movie does not necessarily make. "
The Salvation (2015)
"in the grand tradition of Sergio Leone and his Spaghetti Westerns set in the American Old West but shot in Europe...enriched by a fine score by Kasper Winding that keeps the tension at a fever pitch with fine performances by Mads Mikkelson and Eva Green. "
"a slow, boring movie devoid of pace.The callous NFL needn't worry about this film not only because it takes pains not to lay a glove on them, but because it is so unentertaining...acting honors go to Albert Brooks who keeps the film alive, barely. "
The Revenant (2015)
"...this is a fascinating, tense tale with terrific performances by DiCaprio and especially Hardy as the bad guy...the screen really brightens up when he appears...one of the best films of the year despite the counterfactual ending "
"...dismal...made without a thought of pace...I was expecting another 'All the President's Men,' but this misses the mark on all points, including the failure to adequately indict the Church for its abominable actions. "
The Big Short (2015)
"...a comedic telling of of how four guys saw disaster coming as the result of the Clinton Administration's fiasco that everyone should be able to own a home, even if they couldn't afford it, abetted by Bush, which this movie blames on big banks. "
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"... filled with tension, fine acting, and eye-popping cinematography...Even better, though, it captures the brutality of whaling, that still goes on today courtesy of the cold-hearted Japanese...While watching this movie, I was rooting for the whale. "
The Letters (2015)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
"McGuigan would have been wise to take a cue from director James Whale, who told his 1931 story in a concise 70 minutes. This one is far too long. As a result, it loses some of its impact and pace. However, the last 30 minutes are good. "
The Danish Girl (2015)
"Both Vikander and Redmayne give Oscar (R)-quality performances, and while interesting and capturing the era, it opaquely confuses facts and drastically jumbles time frames, and could be shorter with better pace. "
The Night Before (2015)
"...this F-bomb and expletive filled thing...defies categorization. It's not a comedy because it's not funny. It's not a romance because it's not romantic...it's not a Christmas movie because it can't possibly be seen by children. "
"Even without all the background, this is a pretty good action film...Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful and easy to watch, and gives a good performance. It might be more interesting if you've seen all the others, but Part 2 can stand on its own, too. "
Eating Happiness (2015)
"...it is the visuals that get you. Scenes of poor dogs shaking with fear as they await their cruel fate. The rationalizations of people in the dog meat industry are overriden by many other compelling scenes like this that tend to break your heart. "
"There's only one person alive who can kill James Bond; Daniel Craig...gone are most of the womanizing, gags, and double-entendres. Craig turns this into a straight action film...but it's still a good actioner with great locations and cinematography. "
"There's much more of what Trumbo and his Hollywood Ten comrades were guilty of that this boring whitewash ignores, like the fact that they were dedicated Stalinist activists, using art as a weapon by inserting Communist propaganda in their films. "
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"I m still a huge Peanuts fan. But this movie misses the talent and wisdom of Charles Schulz and the iconic music of Vince Guaraldi. This movie is an affirmation of Schulz's acumen in not allowing anyone else to write the strip after he stopped. "
"Says director Gaspar Noé, 'There is no line between art and pornography.' If you like films with a story and good writing and acting, this will not be for you. If you like watching graphic sex acts, go for it. But "art" it is not. "
" ...tells a true story with mostly fictional characters...what it doesn't do is really zero in on how the women finally accomplished what they were striving for. It's like showing the third inning of the third game of the World Series. "
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Spielberg misrepresents Donovan as a novice even though he participated in the Nuremberg Trials. Worse, he creates a moral equivalence between our spies and the spies of our enemies. Even if you like his POV, you will need some NoDoz. "
"...unashamed misrepresentations...spins two disgraced, prejudiced journalists as victims instead of the miscreants they were when their reporting was biased, shoddy, and inaccurate...Redford's performance laughably awful. "
"...one of the more astonishing, action-packed, eye-opening films I have ever seen...a revolution shot by the revolutionaries as it happens with phones and Go Pros and also professionals...a lot more exciting than any action movie you will ever see. "
The Martian (2015)
"The story, Matt Damon being abandoned on Mars, strains credulity but is interesting if one can ignore some things that are pretty hard to believe. Still, the acting is good but it's the special effects, 3D, and IMAX that make this, well, special. "
The Walk (2015)