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Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"Assured and understated even when going through its familiar teen-horror motions, it's the rare big-studio scary movie that doesn't seem to have been made by a committee." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2016

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

"A loving and slightly off-kilter homage that hits its genre-essential notes with aplomb." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The River Thief (2016)

"An awkward hodgepodge of crime thriller, young-adult romance and religious sermon that [...] proves an ungainly mess of disparate tones." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Coming Through The Rye (2016)

"Coming Through the Rye comes across as a cute conceit incapable of sustaining a substantial feature." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
C- 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"Goes about its noble-killer business with all the excitement of an IRS audit." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 11, 2016
No Score Yet

Ovation! (2016)

"Plays like an actors' workshop exercise that doesn't know when to quit ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2016
C 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"A by-the-books YA affair that resembles X-Men: First Class retrofitted for the tween Hot Topic set." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Masterminds (2016)

"Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig's absurd lead turns help carry this uneven but amusing bank-robbery comedy." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Do Not Resist (2016)

"Law-enforcement militarization is haphazardly addressed in this skimpy hot-button doc." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet

Dick and Jack (2016)

"Even for a small-scale indie, the amateur-hour quality is enervating; if it were debuting onstage, Dick and Jack wouldn't make it to its second night." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"A Man Called Ove - preaching tolerant togetherness as the key to happiness - earns its sentimentality by striking a delicate balance between barking-mad comedy and syrupy melodrama." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Goat (2016)

"Director Andrew Neel's astute portrait of masculine insecurity, rage and desire for strength and security." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 20, 2016
No Score Yet

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016)

"Proof that "the sky is falling" hyperbole exists on both sides of the political aisle." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 20, 2016

The Good Neighbor (2016)

"A film that - from its basic set-up to its dearth of tension - plays like the tedious inverse of Don't Breathe." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2016

Tanna (2016)

"Dean and Butler breathe new life into their premise - based on real-life circumstances that plagued Tanna's tribes in the '80s - through loving attentiveness to their setting's verdant colors and bustling sounds." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016

The Vessel (2016)

"This muted, moving small-scale tale of sorrow and faith will strike a chord with both the churchgoing crowd and aficionados of Malick's contemplative, theologically predisposed cinema." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2016

The People Garden (2016)

"Merely a collection of ominously framed images devoid of purpose." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet

The Giant (Jätten) (2016)

"While unique, this lumbering crossbreed never truly gains melodramatic traction ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Come What May (2016)

"French townsfolk flee invading Nazis, and a father aims to reunite with his son, in Christian Carion's mawkish, one-dimensional WWII drama." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Ithaca (2016)

"[An] egregiously clunky and phony coming-of-age story based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Other People (2016)

"Despite a strong sense of its characters ... Kelly rarely generates much melodramatic or amusing momentum." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2016

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016)

"Something of a tease, raising intriguing topics and insights before turning frustratingly cursory and skimpy." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2016

Complete Unknown (2016)

"Rachel Weisz is magnetic in this dreamy drama about an identity-shifting chameleon reuniting with a former flame." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 25, 2016

The Sea of Trees (2016)

"Plodding, pretentious and painfully obvious at every turn." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Greater (2016)

"The life and untimely death of Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth is turned into a one-note sermon in David Hunt's leaden biopic." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 23, 2016
No Score Yet

Never (2016)

""Never" may take place in the present, but its mopey low-fi indie character drama - set to earnest singer-songwriter tunes - feels as if it's been transported from the early '90s." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Hell or High Water (2016)

"It allows Jeff Bridges to deliver what may be one of the most colorful, and yet nuanced, performances of his career." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 11, 2016

Sausage Party (2016)

"[D]oesn't amount to more than its central conceit and the incessant cultural gags and profanities it uses as tiresome embellishments." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 9, 2016
No Score Yet

Bazodee (2016)

"Fails to capture either the freewheeling, joyous spirit of the Caribbean or the heady euphoria of blossoming romance." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)

"The Fourth Awakens proves merely another piece of dreary detritus to take up residence at the bottom of the pop-culture barrel." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 4, 2016

The Land (2016)

"A heartfelt, if familiar, portrait of four teenage friends mired in both poverty and criminal trouble." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Gleason (2016)

"One of the most powerful, poignant documentaries of the past decade." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 25, 2016

For the Plasma (2014)

"Only faintly touching upon notions of intuitive collaboration and inspiration, "For the Plasma" wanders about as if it's in a fog, ultimately to the point of pointlessness." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2016

Zero Days (2016)

"Zero Days makes clear that we're already enmeshed in this terrifying new cyber-reality. And unfortunately for us all, we'll need more than John McClane to help avert forthcoming global disaster." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 15, 2016

Undrafted (2016)

"While it's touching that Mazzello has seen fit to celebrate his sibling's tenacious love of the national pastime, there's no escaping the fact that the dugout-and-diamond shenanigans are consistently tedious." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2016
No Score Yet

Chasing Niagara (2015)

"A repetitive, trivial compendium of extreme-sports feats." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)

"It's a unique, associative blend of sounds and images that aims to convey details as well as underlying truths about Frank's life. Unfortunately, it also often leaves one feeling aesthetically pummeled to the point of exhaustion." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 12, 2016

How He Fell in Love (2016)

"A young man and an older married woman enter into an enlivening, then problematic, affair in Marc Meyers' incisive indie relationship drama." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Men Go To Battle (2016)

"Striking in its evocation of a demanding time and place, this intimate drama about individual and national transformation heralds the arrival of an arresting new filmmaking voice ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"This isn't to object to The Purge: Election Year's specific politics; rather, it's to balk at its simplistic monotony." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 7, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"A consistently amusing, if slapdash, wedding comedy buoyed by raunchy star turns from Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"A dog wanders through a quartet of miserable tales in this monotonous black comedy." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 22, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"A scathing, highly stylized thriller of fashion-world monstrousness." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Germans & Jews (2016)

"It proves a level-headed, borderline-detached stab at understanding how Germans, and by extension Germany as a whole, dealt with a still-fresh history of mass extermination and attempted world conquest. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 16, 2016
C- 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"A feature-length endurance test for anyone who's outgrown a nostalgic appetite for this particular blend of cheeseball comedy and spastic action." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Art Bastard (2016)

"Manages to be as cursory as it is intimate, skimming over so much of Cenedella's life and career that it imparts only a hazy impression of who he is and what he believes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

All the Way (2016)

"One can rarely sense that Cranston is acting, so fully does he inhabit his exceedingly well-written role." ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted May 26, 2016
D 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"A pitiful sequel that decisively sullies any goodwill one might have felt for these Disney-fied versions of Lewis Carroll's famed characters." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 25, 2016

Parched (2016)

"Thanks to attentive writing and sturdy performances, the director's characters are so compellingly realized that it's easy to succumb to the film's hopefulness." ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016

Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016)

"Manhattan Night's pedestrian style and affected atmosphere ... make it a routine descent into the black heart of a city and its shady inhabitants." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2016
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