Swiss Army Man (2016)
"Basically a dude-bro movie about a stunted man-boy with both a penchant for scatological situations and a firm belief that harassing uninterested women is his God-given right as an American male. So how is this different from every third movie out there?"
The BFG (2016)
"The BFG reminded me of the scene in (of all things) History of the World: Part I in which a bored Emperor Nero (Dom DeLuise) is presented with a wooden bathtub and mutters, "Nice. Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.""
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
"While the original ID contained characters who kept us entertained, this picture adds characters -- and their attendant actors -- who are so devoid of personality, they barely register as living organisms. "
"The first Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Shrek, an absurd choice to those of us who believe that Pixar's Monsters, Inc. was that year's best toon flick. Still, this is nevertheless a snappy comedy that manages to stick it to the entire genre."
"Director Norman Jewison has far more luck with his staging of the Rollerball matches (they're at once exciting and horrifying) than scripter William Harrison has in condemning this futureworld with anything more than boilerplate lip service."
99 River Street (1953)
Midnight Special (2016)
"Nichols' decision to play it close to the vest and keep the story shrouded in mystery initially works, but as the film progresses and little comes into focus, it becomes apparent that his script ultimately isn't ambiguous so much as underwritten."
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
De Palma (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sunlight following what's proving to be a rather desultory summer movie season, along comes The Shallows to drive everyone back into the deep end of the auditorium."
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
"This earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography, though had a Best Makeup award existed back then, surely Don Cash would have been a contender for superb work that allowed a then-41-year-old Wayne to convincingly pass for someone a quarter-century older."
They Were Expendable (1945)
"The film moves along curiously and cautiously, prideful of the crews of the PT boats but also aware that each victory was achieved at a great cost and that sacrifices would have to continue to be made as the war trudged along."
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
"An absurd horror yarn in which a cannibalistic winged demon goes on a murderous rampage whenever he hears the title tune. Personally, "Sussudio" and "Rude" are the only songs that would conceivably make me take a hatchet to someone's head, but I digress."
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
"The delightful Here Comes Mr. Jordan was based on a play (Harry Segall's Heaven Can Wait), but it's hardly a stagebound film, given its ease at hopping between numerous locales both earthy and celestial."
"It's more a rumor than cold, hard fact that Wayne was offered the role of Dirty Harry and passed on it. At any rate, the Duke played his own version of Inspector Harry Callahan in this agreeable if stridently unexceptional film."
Dark Horse (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"Efforts like Finding Dory, while perfectly pleasant, do little to quell the feeling that a certain measure of rubber-stamp efficiency has gripped the studio (the superb Inside Out excepted). In other words, welcome to Pixar's cash-grab years."
Central Intelligence (2016)
Journey To Space (2015)
"After a trying and torturous opening, the story starts coming into view, and Warcraft soon emerges as -- well, it's still a feeble flick, but it improves enough to avoid the year-end 10 Worst placement that initially appeared to be its birthright."
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
"Better than the 2013 original, it gets enough right that I'm willing to give it a generous thumbs-up in what's proving to be a particularly dismal movie season (the films featuring the heroic Avengers and the nice guys excepted)."
The Player (1992)
Gods Of Egypt (2016)
"Proyas stated that his film was influenced by Lawrence of Arabia, but it plays more like Lawrence of Nintendo, with impersonal (and often unconvincing) effects doing their best to bury the campy proceedings."
Bad Influence (1990)
The Lobster (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
"Glowering under buckets of gloppy blue makeup, Isaac doesn't seem to be playing a godlike figure capable of destroying the world as much as the sort of grumpy uncle who always complains at barbecues that there's not enough mayonnaise in the cole slaw."
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"Positively drenched in thick, tasty Euro-ambiance, the film serves up tantalizing characters and even more tantalizing ideas before turning shockingly tame, predictable and, well, American during the second half."
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
"Patrick Wayne is a dull lead (he has none of the big-screen presence of his dad The Duke), and the effects are even less polished than those in the previous film -- still, there's enough of interest to make it an entertaining and undemanding time-filler."
The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
I Could Go On Singing (2001)
"Eccentric even by Roeg standards, this goes overboard with the histrionics, and even the slight supernatural tinge that defines Roeg's films is clumsily handled here. Yet there are some thought-provoking ideas and exchanges, and the acting is impeccable."
Dark Passage (1947)
I Saw What You Did (1965)
"Castle frequently employed gimmicks to promote his movies -- "Percepto" for The Tingler, "Emergo" for House on Haunted Hill, etc. -- but with this nifty thriller, the closest thing to a gimmick is the ingenious plot itself."
Cat Ballou (1965)
Garden of Evil (1954)