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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"If "The Man Who Knew Infinity" had been more concerned with the soul of a raw talent instead of the learn-and-earn ethos of so much accomplishment cinema, it might have produced something soulful rather than something institutional." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"Feels thoroughly mechanical, as if it should come with the type of amusement-park announcement that departing moviegoers should exit to the right, so the next group can take their seats from the left." ‐TheWrap
Posted Apr 28, 2016
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Keepers of the Game (2016)

"Even if its trajectory hews to a well-worn format, "Keepers of the Game" is as strong an argument that can be made for the rich emotional rewards of schoolgirls hitting the field to show everyone and themselves what they can achieve." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Turns an eccentric what-if scenario into a not-so-memorable what-of-it." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964)

"A thoughtful, probing exercise in erotic stagnation - no less engaging for lacking pulpiness." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame (2016)

"A slapdash tribute too humdrum to ever whip up a truly inspirational froth." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Green Room (2016)

"A shabby white-power outpost in the Oregon boondocks becomes a grim last stand for a nomadic band of college-age punk rockers in the demonically gripping "Green Room."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016

A Space Program (2016)

""A Space Program" may find cheeky humor in our quest for meaningful science. But it certainly hints that there's something worshipful in the details." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016

Darling (2016)

"More likely to dull by repetitive creep than memorably rattle the senses." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Havana Motor Club (2016)

""Havana Motor Club" gives moviegoers a nicely turned street-level view of what imminent change means to these particular children of the Revolution." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"Too stuck in the swamp of empty machismo to be anything more than the feature equivalent of a soar-and-crash overdose." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Kill Your Friends (2016)

"Watching "Kill Your Friends" unfold is not dissimilar to being at a party where someone's clever one-liner lulls you into a conversation that reveals a bitterly immature, dismissively one-note lout, after which you're trapped." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016

The Dark Horse (2016)

"Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you're watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016

Take Me To The River (2016)

"For every "but why ..." the story engenders, there's an equally persuasive accumulation of arrestingly unsettling detail that builds its own assertive hum." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 25, 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"Though the title ironically appropriates Jesse Helms' Senate floor admonition during the art-funding uproar over his work, it also acts as the simplest of incitements." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016

The Program (2016)

""The Program" fails to add anything new, or penetrate the soul of so crafty a cheater." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Krisha (2016)

"A coiled masterpiece of subjective filmmaking, writer-director Trey Edward Shults' "Krisha" is, in the well-worn genre of ruined family holidays, something of an indie gauntlet thrown down." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Too Late (2016)

"Has its share of ill-conceived moments and amateurish filmmaking, but as a swing-for-the-fences effort with a smattering of genre charm, it fully earns its inevitable destiny as a midnight movie curio." ‐TheWrap
Posted Mar 16, 2016

Everything Is Copy (2016)

"Insightful about the life of a successful writer, engaging about how a smart modern woman navigated the world, but also quizzical about how Ephron was as a daughter, sister, wife and mother." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016

Road Games (2016)

"Though the inspiration here is clearly Hitchcockian, the movie's vibe is so tongue-in-cheek as to be weightless." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016

Admiral (Michiel de Ruyter) (2016)

"There's barely enough time to develop De Ruyter as a character in his own movie, or even successfully explain his war strategies." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"It's not unfunny in spots, but it huffs and puffs (among other bodily functions) more often than it splits the sides." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016

London Has Fallen (2016)

"Represents a geopolitical obliteration fantasy flushed from the mind of the angriest and dumbest and most conspiracy-minded among us." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Knight of Cups (2016)

"By the time you've seen the fifth beautiful, lithe woman in flowing fabrics spinning around Bale, Knight of Cups starts to read more as a fleeting fetish epic than a powerful meditation." ‐TheWrap
Posted Mar 2, 2016

King Georges (2016)

"[A] poignant, funny and well-seasoned portrait of autumnal fervor." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016

The Witch (2016)

"It isn't engineered for hopped-up date-night scares, but its blanket of moonlit dread is certainly form-fitting ..." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

"With its upfront themes of prejudice and diversity, and its release at a time in which society's biases are under the microscope, Zootopia may be one of the more fortuitously scheduled family entertainments in recent memory." ‐TheWrap
Posted Feb 12, 2016

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"Whether "The Club" sparks a hesitant compassion toward the fallen or a gurgling despair regarding misguided justice, either response is perfectly understandable." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016

Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016)

"This unusually feeling-driven Greenaway movie still isn't for everybody, but that feels right, too. He's been able to make his art the way he's wanted to for decades - like EIG, that's a fitting tribute to a troubled, glorious iconoclast." ‐TheWrap
Posted Feb 8, 2016

Regression (2016)

"Well-intended seriousness dismantles "Regression," a not-exactly-horror horror movie that's also a mystery with no mystery." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016

Misconduct (2016)

""Misconduct" is aptly named in that watching this ludicrous legal thriller inspires dreams of a multi-count indictment." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016

Mojave (2016)

"Prickly, suspenseful, even coolly humorous, "Mojave" finds noirish fun in the existential woes of a successful artist and old-fashioned movie pleasure in the parry and thrust of sharp dialogue." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016

A Perfect Day (2016)

"It suffers from a marked lack of narrative energy and a regrettable surfeit of clichéd characterization." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Moonwalkers (2016)

"Director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, who devised the story, is dazzled by period style and puerile jokes, but nothing lands as especially funny, merely tired." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Norm of the North (2016)

"The animation and character work is TV-level: so frenetic so that no real artistry is needed, but not so busy that you keep from noticing how the same background humans are repeated throughout. (I know it's a small world after all, but still.)" ‐TheWrap
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Lamb (2016)

"Feeling creeped out is unavoidable, but it's an inquisitive unsettling born of a faith that people are inherently complicated, worthy of love, capable of good and yet all too often mired in well-meaning intentions that hurt more than help." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
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Dream/Killer (2015)

"Tonally, the film is a mess, unable to decide if it's a damning downer or ... the inspiring story of conquering injustice." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015

Christmas, Again (2015)

""Christmas, Again" captures something ineffably moving about the holiday grind, as depicted in the life of a seasonal Christmas tree seller." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015

The Revenant (2015)

"All the more incredible for not needing 3D glasses or a virtual reality helmet to let moviegoers feel fully dropped into the beautiful, cold, bloody thick of it." ‐TheWrap
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Night Owls (2015)

"Manages a simmering romantic-comic tension thanks to an emotionally wise screenplay and a couple of nicely pinging performers." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015

The Wannabe (2015)

"The mix of callous humor and romantic doom doesn't always hold up, but in its best moments, "The Wannabe" finds real spikiness in the pitfalls of anti-hero worship." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015

Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015)

"With the intensified focus on use of force in police departments, the unsettling documentary "Killing Them Safely" couldn't be timelier." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2015)

"The movie runs out of eccentricity capital and becomes just another contest documentary about determined participants - in this case, mostly obsessive young white men - and the well-worn narrative of defeat or accomplishment." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 27, 2015

Theeb (2015)

"A disarmingly complex boyhood adventure with no shortage of tension or harsh beauty, "Theeb" marks a winning debut feature for co-writer and director Naji Abu Nowar." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015

Censored Voices (2015)

"Captivating newsreel footage from the conflict underscores these audio confessionals; Loushy also filmed the men in the present day, listening to their honest, open, decades-old testimonies." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015

Legend (2015)

"Tom Hardy's the only punch to an otherwise standard gangster saga more interested in playboy panache than stick-to-your-ribs nastiness." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 23, 2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"It's ironic that Campanella's movie was a sly mix of tones - office romance, conspiracy thriller, brooding murder mystery - befitting someone breaking free of directing "Law & Order" episodes, whereas the remake hits marks exactly like a TV procedural." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Entertainment (2015)

"There's a chic emptiness to "Entertainment," undoubtedly, and anti-comedy constructs that may rub the wrong way, but there's also a spiky intelligence at work too, one that engages through the artifice of disengagement and the illusion of "performance."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Flowers (Loreak) (2015)

"Works mightily at mood but never satisfactorily threads its melancholy strands together." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015

TransFatty Lives (2015)

"For much of the time, "TransFatty Lives" is an affirming rage against stillness, of any kind." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
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