Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Live By Night (2017)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)
La La Land (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"Miss Hokusai gets jarred by a few too-modern music-moments and some preciousness in Ōi and Onao's sisterhood, but otherwise it's a steady sail through one woman's artscape and life that can't be entirely her own."
"It's remarkable how far Villeneuve, too, has travelled -- from minor but impressive Quebec features to big-budget filmmaking that's turned mainstream genre-fare into thrilling, atmosphere-rich cinema."
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
"Plenty [characters] drop Wiki-like factoids or spout lectures until you feel that, surely, you deserve an honorary degree for sitting through this National Treasure's European Vacation mixed with faux-educational drivel."
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"Sinking from an uncertain anti-heroine into the muck of torrid titillation and base psychodrama, The Girl on the Train is less an electric ride off the rails than a creaking, rickety descent into a pit."
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"It isn't for black audiences or art-house audiences or liberal audiences or whatever reductive cultural niche people might try to shove it into. Simply, it is one of the most striking films of the year and it is, I believe, for everyone."
Doctor Strange (2016)
Angry Inuk (2016)
"In her personal, reactivist National Film Board documentary Angry Inuk, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril asks -- how does a culture with an understated anger fight against misinformers so outraged and outspoken? The film itself is one answer."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
The Untamed (2016)
Toni Erdmann (2016)
American Honey (2016)
"Obsessively, this movie returns us to babies as creatures of perfect cuteness. And so the story goes, milking bottle after bottle of sappy, nappy-happy baby sentiment. Storks just can't wean itself off its cheap-and-easy, fallback formula. "
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Blair Witch (2016)
"Despite its artful playing with digital-audio and video, this re-Blair repeats the problems of many a found-footage horror: uninteresting characters taking us on a rattle-and-startle run through a void of subtext."
"Clobbers us over the head with a This Truthteller Is A Patriot signboard even as the action's mish-mashed, drained of political juice. Explanation poses as dialogue; Mills and sudden epileptic fits come off as plot devices meant to humanize this tech-guy."
"Glides between workplace drama and action-adventure while avoiding most of the right-stuff cliches of one-good-man biopics. And it doesn't land without first navigating some turbulent questions about heroism, post-9/11."
The Wild Life (2016)
The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)
"Moments of body-horror and zombie-dom sometimes appall and sometimes seem B-movie-rated. But the possessed Hyo-jin strikes both fear and a kind of awe into the adults around her. If only the film were always so horrifyingly fascinating. "
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)
"It's as sincere and honest as Minnie can be heartfelt and self-assertive. Bittersweetly raw about young-adult feelings and feeling so not-quite-adult. Joins Show Me Love and She Monkeys in the pantheon of superb female coming-of-age films. "
Paris Is Burning (1991)