Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
"One of the most iconic scenes in "Scarface" is set in a nightclub in Miami. The opening scene in "The Infiltrator" is set in a bowling alley in Tampa. That sums up the gulf between the movies that "Infiltrator" seeks to emulate and what it is."
"In a day where middle-aged fans rant on Twitter that "Batman vs. Superman," "Ghostbusters" or some other piece of pop culture "ruined their childhood," we see how loving "Raiders" not only saved these boys' childhoods. It saved their adulthoods, too."
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The BFG (2016)
""The BFG" reminded me of a gift that a grandfather might give, a little out of step with what the kids are into these days. But it's made with such great care that it could endure while other more disposable gifts are forgotten."
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"The closing credits feature Sia singing Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" - it's a good gag, but I wouldn't go quite that far in describing "Finding Dory." Still, it's a delightful film that families will want to remember from time to time."
Maggie's Plan (2016)
"The setting and tone of "Maggie's Plan" will remind a lot of viewers of the movies of Woody Allen, or of Gerwig's recent collaborator Noah Baumbach. But Miller's generous vision is her own original thing, and "Maggie's Plan" is worth sticking to. "
The Witness (2016)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
"This film has more shots of characters reacting to pieces of paper than any movie I can think of, and that includes "The Paper." If only those pieces of paper could talk back, "Infinity" might end up being gripping drama."
"As the father of two daughters, I've probably been exposed to more Top 40 music in the past two years than I was in the previous 25. But even if I had been allowed to wallow in dad-rock oblivion, I still would have found "Popstar" to be very, very funny."
The Lobster (2016)
""The Lobster" is a wild, fun, occasionally mean-spirited satire of the rituals and humiliations of modern dating. But it asks uncomfortable questions of us. It's the best movie I've seen so far this year."
The Meddler (2016)
""The Meddler" plays like a sunnier version of "I'll See You in My Dreams." That film was all silences and stillness, while "The Meddler" is full of noise and motion, reflecting how cluttered Marnie has made her life."
The Nice Guys (2016)
"The plot doesn't and doesn't have to make much sense, as the whole point is just to watch Gosling and Crowe tool around a long-lost L.A. in a convertible, trade quips and insults, and occasionally shoot people."
Money Monster (2016)
The Family Fang (2016)
Valley Of Love (2016)
""Valley of Love" is a deliberately elliptical, at times frustrating film. And yet there's something mysterious about the film that has a pull, something about memory and the dead's hold on the living."
Sunset Song (2016)
Sing Street (2016)
""Sing Street" is hardly original. It's not even original for Carney. But, like a great old song that comes on the radio, just because you've heard it a thousand times before doesn't mean you won't crank it up."
Love & Friendship (2016)
Green Room (2016)
"Punk rock is all about catharsis, but "Green Room" is a masterpiece of sustained tension, keeping viewers twisting in their seats as they wonder where the next threat will come from and how the Ain't Rights will survive."
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Hardcore Henry (2016)
I Saw the Light (2016)
Eye In The Sky (2016)
Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
The Bronze (2016)
A War (Krigen) (2016)
Son of Saul (2015)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
45 Years (2015)
The Finest Hours (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
"When Inarritu tries to sketch larger themes, the movie descends into what they called in "Blazing Saddles" "authentic frontier gibberish." But when it stays simple and elemental, it's an enthralling experience."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"Tarantino is a master of these kinds of suspenseful cat-and-mouse scenes, only this time there are only cats. There's a reason the movie isn't called "The Hateful Seven Plus One Guy Who's Not So Bad, Really.""
The Big Short (2015)
"Like its oxymoronic title, "The Big Short" is a very funny movie that's dead serious about credit-default swaps and subprime mortgages, a great time at the movies that's also profoundly depressing at the end. "
"The film takes the dogged, persistent, mundane work of old school newspaper reporting - digging through records, interviewing people, connecting dots - and makes it the stuff of high drama, exciting and even heroic."
By The Sea (2015)