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4/4 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"(Casey) Affleck gives the finest performance of his career. It is a measured portrait of a man so overwhelmed by shame and hurt that he seems to simply go through the motions of living." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 89%

Loving (2016)

" 'Loving' is a gentle reminder that love is powerful enough to overcome even the greatest obstacles thrown up by a state ... and myopic people who are more interested in divisiveness than embracing the bonds that unite people - in marriage and in life." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 94%

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

" 'The Eagle Huntress' is an impressive feature with a spunky, optimistic, bubbly heroine who faces every challenge with a smile and a can-do attitude." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"This new franchise is supposed to be comprised of five movies. Consider "Fantastic Beasts" an awkward introduction. Perhaps when we get to know Newt better, we will embrace him more closely." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"(Hailee) Steinfeld is the center of the movie, the core that pulls it together. She brings a relatable honesty to her performance that will resonate with audiences - peers and adults alike." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/4 93%

Arrival (2016)

"The movie is slow, but not in a dull sense. It is a brainy, step-by-step primer on learning how to reach out and begin an exchange of ideas between two vastly different life forms in a peaceful and constructive manner." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

" 'Doctor Strange' is another winning entry for Marvel. It will not disappoint fans, and those not familiar with the comic book or the character also will find the movie vastly entertaining." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

" 'Hacksaw Ridge' is a profile of a courageous individual who put his trust in God, showed grace under fire and never wavered from his core convictions." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 3, 2016
1.5/4 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Every aspect of this 118-minute movie is predictable. It feels like the script was written by a computer that had been fed a dozen other action-film scenarios, and it resulted in a film made of cobbled bits and pieces from each." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet

They Call Us Monsters (2016)

"What the film does, is point a laser at wasted lives and potential. If only the movie had spent more time zeroing in on the individuals and their stories and less on the rhetoric around them." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet

Bugs on the Menu (2016)

"Yes, watching someone devour a cooked spider may make you a little queasy now, but you may want to get used to the sight because it is a menu choice that, in a few years, may become a common occurrence." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"This thriller ... is so preposterous and unnecessarily convoluted that it has you scratching your head and pulling your hair ... in frustration and disbelief." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 81%

American Honey (2016)

" 'American Honey' is a complex movie. Its subject matter is bleak and dark, yet the free-wheeling, optimistic spirit of the group keeps the movie grounded enough that some sunshine seeps in to give you hope for the future." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

" 'The Birth of a Nation' is a fierce and furious depiction of one of the dark periods in American history that most citizens would like to forget and feel uncomfortable about dredging up. " Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

" 'Deepwater Horizon' is more than a disaster movie: It's a story of white-collar corporate arrogance and greed vs. blue-collar common sense and work ethic." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"This version of "The Magnificent Seven" offers a viciousness and hardscrabble harshness earlier incarnations lacked." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

" 'The Hollars,' directed by and starring John Krasinski, fails to connect because it doesn't say anything that we haven't already heard." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"It is clear where director Oliver Stone stands. ... In "Snowden," he frames the former CIA and NSA employee as a patriot and idealist whose idealism is shattered as the extent of U.S. domestic-spying activities becomes clearer. ..." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

" 'The Light Between Oceans' is an emotionally charged feature whose impact is blunted by its methodical and deliberate pacing." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 64%

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

"Portman takes the film's title literally, offering some dreamlike imagery in the stories Fania tells Amos. But it also is filled with many dim and dreary sequences, as Portman uses a dark palette that seems to suck the life out of Fania." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/4 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"A heavy air of desperation weighs on "Don't Think Twice." The troupe members all frantically seek validation, recognition and - most importantly - praise from each other, celebrities, students, family and audience members." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/4 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"Writer-director Richard Tanne, at times, creates banter between the pair worthy of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn exchange." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2.5/4 46%

Hands of Stone (2016)

" 'Hands of Stone' works best when Ramirez and De Niro share a scene. Their bickering back-and-forth gives the movie its needed tension and spark." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 81%

Equity (2016)

"The film is a suspenseful, smart and sharp depiction of women trying to succeed on their talents in a world that mostly fails to appreciate what they have to offer." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

" 'Our Little Sister' is a tender and restrained feature that flows by like a gentle stream, lulling you with its melodic cadence and drawing you into its beauty." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 24, 2016
1.5/4 59%

War Dogs (2016)

" 'War Dogs' is ordinary and bland. ... The absurdist edge needed to convey how an inexperienced pair of 20-somethings was able to win Pentagon contracts for millions of dollars to sell weapons and equipment to the military is totally missing." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

" 'Hell or High Water' has a satisfying, old Western feel to it. The tense finale adds an interesting flourish that leaves you wanting more." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 16, 2016
2.5/4 65%

Anthropoid (2016)

"Unlike many behind-the-lines World War II movies - classic and contemporary - "Anthropoid" is not one of those features in which all plans flow smoothly." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/4 82%

Indignation (2016)

" 'Indignation' is a very literate and compelling drama. Its major flaw is that writer-director James Shamus tries to cover too much ground." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/4 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

" 'Sausage Party' is an unrelenting whirlwind of lowbrow and objectionable jokes and situations that will make it difficult for you to catch your breath." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"It lacks that in-your-face presence that dares the audience to embrace it. It's a film that should say take me or leave me, I don't give a damn." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

" 'Jason Bourne' hints at a sequel. However, I think the series is played out and Damon, who served as one of the film's producers, should take Bourne off the grid for good." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Overall, "Star Trek Beyond" is an exciting and fun movie; a sturdy feature that is the first step in hopefully a refreshing direction for the vaunted franchise." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 88%

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

"The serial's production values compensate for the usual Universal cheapness of stock footage and newsreel sequences." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3/4 89%

Do Not Resist (2016)

"One thing this documentary hints at, is that the United States is slowly becoming a militarized police state and that citizens are powerless to do anything about it." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 73%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"The cast should have been set free to run wild. Director Paul Feig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, needed to make the project broader to allow the women to be more expansive and utilize their full range of talents." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 74%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

" 'The Secret Life of Pets' is filled with sight gags and one-liners. But most of all, beating beneath all the mayhem, is heart and devotion." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 7, 2016
1.5/4 35%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"For "The Legend of Tarzan," the Lord of the Jungle is played by Alexander Skarsgard, who - to put it kindly - is as bland and wooden as one of the CGI trees set on his soundstage Africa." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

" 'The BFG' is a solid, family-friendly and entertaining feature. The problem is that the movie lacks the scares necessary to elevate it to the Grimm standard." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 54%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

" 'The Purge: Election Year' is a feature about extremism - political and religious - carried to its farthest, well, extremes. The NFFA followers who support the Purge see it as a cleansing of the country and treat it as a religious experience. ..." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 68%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

" 'Swiss Army Man' is a feature you should take on faith. Simply ride it like an unusual excursion at sea." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"While "Free State of Jones" offers some action, it is woefully bogged down in simple and clichéd bromides about freedom and equality." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 25, 2016
1.5/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The film follows a course that regurgitates situations and dialogue meant to stir memories of the original in order to deflect from the sequel's deficiencies." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

" 'Dory' ... works on multiple levels: It's a fun-filled animated feature that will please and entertain children and ... parents, while it also examines how parents protect, encourage and love offspring with special needs. ... " Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Dark Horse (2016)

" 'Dark Horse' is not so much about Dream Alliance as it is about the impact the horse had on its owners and the town." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
1.5/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The problem with this sequel is that it lacks suspense and catches no one unawares." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Situations, character conflicts and lines of dialogue seem to be repeated - and reiterated, again - from previous "X-Men" movies." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
2/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

" 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' is not a waste of time, but it also isn't time well spent." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

" 'The Lobster' is a different species of movie; one that takes great pains to create a world you may be hesitant to visit - but one you will definitely be happy to leave." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
3/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The film is at its best when Crowe and Gosling are on screen together. They create movie magic; their collective charisma explodes off the screen." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 19, 2016
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