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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 61%

Allied (2016)

"The movie rashly invites an obvious comparison, but there's only one Casablanca. Still, this solemn, romantic melodrama bears up under the comparison surprisingly well." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 97%

Moana (2016)

"It's a two-character show, and the stars deliver the goods with irresistible charm." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"This is reportedly the first of five movies. Well, Rowling's audience is hard to alienate, but we'll just see about that." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 68%

Bleed For This (2016)

"The movie never really overcomes the basic familiarity of its formula -- Triumph Over Adversity (Sports Division) -- but within those limits, it's extremely well-done." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 30, 2016
5/5 93%

Arrival (2016)

"The result is a genuine sci-fi thinkpiece, challenging and exhilarating." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/5 75%

Trolls (2016)

"Directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn pepper the... musical numbers with splashy visual fripperies that underline and italicize the movie's cheerful sweetness, reminding us of the fertile symbiotic relationship between music and animation." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 86%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"It's an incredible tale, superbly told and finely acted by Teresa Palmer as Doss' wife, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths as his parents, Vince Vaughn as his platoon sergeant, and most of all by Garfield." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Much of it takes place in the "Mirror Dimension," an eye-popping universe that M.C. Escher might have imagined if he'd worked with CGI. That, plus a strong story and stronger cast makes this a winner." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Brown's shallow bag of tricks is getting more outlandish even as his plot twists grow less and less surprising, but writer David Koepp, director Ron Howard and the European locations keep us amused." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/5 22%

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

"The fans will probably be pleased, but the most interesting thing about this one is how Perry finesses playing scenes with himself in three different roles." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Stylish and slick in the best sense of both words, it makes us welcome the idea of a franchise. (One is clearly intended.) J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow highlight a strong supporting cast." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"The movie is yet another James Bond spoof, no more imaginative than it needs to be. Yet the familiar ingredients are very nicely balanced." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"A book built around found photographs becomes a movie built around a visual effects wish list, and the story becomes even more involved and confusing on the screen than it was on the page." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1/5 0%

Max Steel (2016)

"This I Was a Teenage Iron Man wannabe is inept at every level." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 76%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"There's no getting around the fact that he's pretty damn funny. Even better than the concert footage is a framing prologue and epilogue in the form of a hilarious spoof of James Bond pictures." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Masterminds (2016)

"Hess deploys the same sneering derision he brought to Napoleon Dynamite; only Wiig eludes his heavy hand long enough to turn in a sensitive and sympathetic performance." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Zellweger saves the day, even when she's just going through the motions." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 63%

Storks (2016)

"The result is harmlessly exhausting." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 53%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"Moorhouse overdoes the quirk factor a tad, and there's a bummer of a development in the last act, but a clever plot and good performances (including Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving) keep us engrossed in all the eccentricity." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"The Hollars is no towering drama blazing new trails in the art of film. It's just a nice, decent little movie about essentially nice, decent people." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 16, 2016
5/5 84%

Sully (2016)

"The result is one superb piece of filmmaking, so uniformly fine that it's hard to single out any part of the mix." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/5 15%

The Wild Life (2016)

"This one is utterly, doggedly, defiantly undistinguished, designed only to play for a big opening weekend, cashing in on those millions of parents out there with nothing better to do with their kids on a Saturday afternoon." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/5 6%

When the Bough Breaks (2016)

"The movie boasts strong performances by Chestnut and Hall (both of whom are always welcome)... Ultimately, though, all are undone by the tiresome familiarity of Jack Olsen's predictable script and Jon Cassar's limp direction." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"A deeply affecting movie." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Hands of Stone (2016)

"It's well-mounted and well-acted by a cast that includes Rubén Blades as Durán's manager, Usher Raymond IV as Sugar Ray Leonard, John Turturro as a shadowy Mafia figure and Ana de Armas as Durán's wife." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 1, 2016
1/5 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"The story is shredded to the bare bones, then the bones picked clean of drama and common sense. Even the chariot race is ho-hum." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 26%

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

"As Statham demonstrated with his hilarious turn in the Melissa McCarthy gem Spy, there's something about his humorlessness that is itself amusing." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 40%

Morgan (2016)

"There's a sleek and sterile look to it that makes it cold and slightly repellent, but it holds our interest, albeit without building much suspense." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 81%

Equity (2016)

"Briskly directed by Meera Menon and smartly written by Amy Fox, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, the movie is slick, well-crafted and fascinating in a watch-all-the-sharks-eat-each-other way." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"With the aid of director Stephen Frears, Streep rises above her text and manages to earn the sympathy Martin so clumsily demands for her." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 59%

War Dogs (2016)

"The mind-boggling chutzpah of these two sleazeballs (plus Hill and Teller's strong performances) keep us watching in fascination." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 65%

Nerve (2016)

"Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman set a lively, suspenseful pace, aided by Madeleine Gavin and Jeff McEvoy's razor-sharp editing." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"The novelty of a raunchy adults-only cartoon has a naughty charge. That's good for about 15 minutes, then all this food reaches its sell-by date and grows stale." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 70%

Café Society (2016)

"The stars blossom in Allen's hands -- Eisenberg may be the best Woody-clone yet, and Stewart has never been anywhere near this interesting before." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Following the convoluted story is getting to be more trouble than it's worth, but Greengrass holds our interest with some high-adrenaline action scenes." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"The fifth installment in the worst." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"McCarthy and Wiig shine, of course; Jones, too, but McKinnon steals the picture." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Interesting story -- but been here, seen this." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"In the final analysis, Ross gives us little reason to care what happens to this smug hippie and his half-savage, know-it-all brood." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"Director Mandie Fletcher is powerless to strike sparks; the fire has gone cold." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Characters and their celebrity voices are too numerous and fleeting to register strongly; two standout exceptions are Jenny Slate as a sweetly fuzzy lapdog and Albert Brooks as a predatory hawk." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/5 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The result feels just as long as the original (though, in fact, it's 25 minutes shorter), and the visual effects are surprisingly cheesy in spots, but the movie delivers the goods as a decent, undemanding summer popcorn epic." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/5 71%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"Within that standard formula it's expertly made -- well-acted by all, with director Susanna White ratcheting up the suspense with a sure Hitchcockian hand. " ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 7, 2016
5/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

" Take the kids to see this bottomless treasure chest of wonders or I'll never forgive you. And neither will they." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/5 55%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Refn's urge to shock drives him to push things too far." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 30, 2016
4/5 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"It's a one-woman show for Lively just as Gravity was for Sandra Bullock, well-written by Anthony Jaswinski and showcased by Jaume Collet-Serra's tense direction and the expert editing of Joel Negron." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"It's a true story, with political and racial ramifications well into the 20th century, and McConaughey and Mbatha-Raw are ideally cast. So much for the plus-side of this disjointed, lifeless movie." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"Edgar Rice Burroughs' hero returns to the screen, played by Alexander Skarsgård; he's a handsome fellow but with little screen charisma and less chemistry with co-star Margot Robbie." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"The script by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and director Rawson Marshall Thurber is a good one, with good laughs, a clever plot and some perceptive touches about teenage insecurities that never quite go away." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"For the rest of us, it's just another lousy video-game movie with pathetic delusions of Game of Thrones -- all the thunder, flying arrows and flashing broadswords but none of the political intrigue or subtlety of character." ‐Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jun 16, 2016
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