"With startling interviews, ugly statistics, kinetically charged animation, and shocking man-on-the-street footage of American history, 13th reintroduces Americans to their very own criminal justice system."
Hell or High Water (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
The Hollars (2016)
"John Krasinski directed and stars in The Hollars, which belongs to a genre I rather like: the small family comedy about the city kid who comes home when something happens to a family member, and then learns some Life Lessons."
"Give me... Ben-Hur -- with its pulsating battles and chariot races, its proclamation that mercy and sacrifice are more revolutionary than anything you can cook up with swords or chariots -- over any of this summer's exhausting superhero movies."
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
Café Society (2016)
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"In a summer top-heavy with... depressing underachievers, Star Trek Beyond is a breath of fresh air -- not a clever or innovative movie, but one with at least an idea in its head and the dose of optimism we all need right about now."
"Let's take a moment for a tribute to McKinnon. Not only is she channeling Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown throughout -- the glasses, the hair, the whole thing -- but her random asides make the whole movie. "
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"You won't feel anything at all. There are no clever catchphrases. There is no message, meaning, or moral. Nobody even makes a speech about believing in yourself or the importance of friendship, those staples of children's entertainment."
The BFG (2016)
"Utterly harmless and totally sweet-natured, visually sophisticated and imaginative but narratively closer to Teletubbies than its source material -- which is to say that if you're over the age of four, it's pretty dull."
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Little Men (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
"One thing Now You See Me 2 has going for it: a vice-grip on the art of misdirection. The downside? All the sparkly lights and the pop-rock anthems have one design: to make you miss what the movie doesn't believe in -- magic."
First Girl I Loved (2016)
"Usually I'm not on board with films that withhold information and flash back to it later -- often it's just lazy storytelling -- but here, it works, resulting in something impressionist and simple at the same time."
A Hologram for the King (2016)
"Translating life's happenstance into an effective bit of entertainment is trickier, and the movie has a disconcerting tendency to turn a hero's existential, enigmatically signposted journey into a sandy path strewn with red herrings."
Sing Street (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
"Those women are painted as full, complex characters in a few deft strokes-women who are struggling after rape to know whether they believe in something anymore, to understand their vows of chastity, to live in the problem of theodicy every day."
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
"We get set piece after set piece, character moment after character moment, with few of them doing more than letting characters talk about themselves and tell each other things that we're not yet sure we believe."
99 Homes (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
"[McCarthy] reminds us (with a particularly American sensibility) that this world is broken and tragic and not fair, and that pushing past that fact too fast is an error we can't afford to make, for the good of our souls."
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"Inside Llewyn Davis is a darkly funny film that recreates the texture of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and for those of us who love the Coens' meandering storytelling style, it's a masterpiece. "
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Monuments Men (2014)
"It explores concepts like grace, justice, pride, guilt, and love. It respects its source material and respects the power of human imagination. It takes a sober look at the evil in the human heart. That is the sort of movie worth watching."
Night Moves (2014)
"Night Moves calls us (inadvertently or not) to reconsider our definition of what's "natural." Certainly, some of the ways we've failed to care for the planet as we were charged back at the beginning have had dire consequences. Let's not ignore that."