"Yikes, could they have gotten worse performances out of an outstanding cast? Portman plays Jackie as if she's a moron. Sarsgaard, Hurt, and Crudup are perfectly awful, but Laurence Olivier wouldn't have been any better given the lines they utter."
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
"Unremittingly dull and uninvolving, full of glaring factual inaccuracies, the only things about the movie that are admirable are the spectacular color films of Hollywood and Los Angeles in 1959. Alas, they are not nearly enough."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"I loved the dialogue and the conversations. There is quite a lot of nudity and many violent scenes, but they were necessary and non-exploitive. This is a thinking person's thriller, a movie to be seen and discussed, not written about."
"...there is enough incomprehensibility to give you 'The Day the Earth Stood Still Meets 'Last Year at Marienbad.' Despite the fact that it's utter nonsense, you don't have to completely follow or accept what happens to enjoy it."
Doctor Strange (2016)
"...the best 3-D I have ever seen...so good that I actually got dizzy . It's the special effects and 3-D that make this entertaining, certainly not the fantasy or the hackneyed story or anything else."
"While this is a peripatetic thriller/chase film that is all tension and action, the best things about it are the beautiful locations. I actually fell asleep during the climax that was almost totally incomprehensible about who was doing what to whom."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"... to even conceive of Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher is as incongruous as Marilyn Monroe playing Abraham Lincoln...but if you haven't read the books this is an OK actioner. If you have read the books, watching Cruise comes close to ruining it."
The Accountant (2016)
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
"It takes a lot of Chutzpah to get up there for an hour and a half and tell stories loaded with F-bombs and vulgarities that have no hint of humor or even make sense. How to treat a date who doesn't have a shoulder? Lemme outa here!"
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"I initially rated it 8/10 because it is extremely well produced and acted. But then I fact-checked it...Parker inserts too many things that are simply not true and omits the fact that he massacred innocent women and children."
"Outstanding performances by Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson are upstaged by an Oscar (R)-quality appearance by Timothy Spall as the hateful Holocaust denier in this film based on a 2000 defamation lawsuit."
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
"...a real eye-opener...A+ for verisimilitude...What happens when the rig blows out is astonishing to behold...top flight performances but Malkovich steals every scene he's in. I wasn't expecting much, but came away enormously impressed."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"Why? Does the world really need a third iteration of this story? And one without the outstanding cast and iconic performances of its predecessor? And one with an imbecilic final battle which drags on long enough to kill every extra in Hollywood?"
"...one of the most enjoyable movies of the year...filled with wonderful music and fascinating interviews with all The Beatles and others...shows in detail how difficult touring became for the Fab Four."
"If you haven't prejudged Snowden, it's a very good film (that could have been better with less; less runtime, less romance, less of the scenes in Snowden's hotel room, but with the skullduggery of Snowden fleeing and avoiding his pursuers added). "
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
"The first hour is nauseatingly politically correct, contrived, unfunny, and boring. Worse, every single female in the first part drops F-bombs all over the place, even a 10 year old girl. Funny? Not! That said, the last hour is very good."
"Despite a soporific first 30 minutes that is almost deadly, when director Eastwood finally gets to the landing on the Hudson and the subsequent hearing the film is so good that it overcomes the first third, but why did Hanks hide Sully's smile?"
Hell or High Water (2016)
"While there's some good action while the brothers are holding up the banks, this film is mostly conversation between Pine and Foster, on the one hand, and Bridges and Birmingham, on the other. Compelling is not the word for which I would be groping."
"Burdened by washed-out color and counter-factual Hollywood touches (like a ridiculous love affair), this still shows a faithful recreation of the disastrous assassination of Nazi monster Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, 1942."
Suicide Squad (2016)
"This movie fits the formula perfectly with a fight every 10 or 15 minutes each of which defies all logic and reason. Nothing's perfect, or I would call this a perfect waste of time. ..if you have seen one of these, you have seen them all."
"...advertised as '...produced and financed by women, collaborating with women of Wall Street, who chose to invest in this film because they wanted to see this story told,' given the quality of the result, I won't be investing in any of their IPOs."
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
Café Society (2016)
"Woody Allen's clever story and script are delivered with spot-on performances by Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Steve Carell. The Los Angeles locations are filmed so lovingly that it makes one yearn to be there then instead of now."
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
De Palma (2016)
"If you ever wonder why movies are too long, listen to a director talk about himself for almost two hours. It's interesting but I would have liked to have heard from others about what it was like to work with him, too."
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
"This is the type of thriller that Eric Ambler used to write, where an ordinary man suddenly finds himself involved with all kinds of international intrigue. I loved Ambler's books and I loved this movie just as much. Stellan Skarsgärd sparkles!"
The Neon Demon (2016)
"...another bit of psuedo-stylistic rubbish by Refn...a horror film that includes graphic scenes of perversions like necrophilia and cannibalism...mind-numbingly slow...and stomach-turningly disgusting. Why it's not rated NC-17 is puzzling."
"You don't have to like Kappa's music, or even know anything about it, to get something out of this informative film which includes caustic comments about virtually everything, government, religion, the music industry, American culture, and more."
Septembers Of Shiraz (2016)
"...captures what it must be like to have your life suddenly turned around into total chaos, the hopelessness, the helplessness, and the despair that descends when thrown into a dungeon where people all around you are being executed on a daily basis."
"Jacquot expertly combines the mores of the 1900 novel and the mid-20th Century films with today's world and the result is a thought-provoking film that leaves the viewer contemplating what they have just seen. Seydoux is outstanding."
"...while it admirably mocks the sounds rap musicians try to foist off as 'music,' and 'lyrics,' ...there are far too many F bombs...but the production values are of high quality, the rap music almost agreeable,...and the film reasonably enjoyable."
The Nice Guys (2016)
"Writer/director Shane Black is back with another Private Eye flick and this is a good one...overcoming a byzantine plot that never really does make any sense with a witty script, fine acting and directing, and terrific cinematography . "
Maggie's Plan (2016)
"This is a complex film about a protagonist, Maggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig), who views herself as an honest person who feels she deals with life ethically. Who was it who said that women are inscrutable?"
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
Money Monster (2016)
"This is either a spoof or a devastating attack on those charlatans on TV who spout all they know about investing in stocks and bonds, which is basically nothing. It's well directed and acted and has the required tension throughout."
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"...even though it is a lot of talk, there is an underlying tension constantly onscreen that the characters are cascading towards something bad. Particularly effective is Dakota Johnson who creates an extremely disturbing femme fatale."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"This is a stark example of what movies have become, which is intellectual diarrhea...there is no acting...just one ridiculous fight after another between and among people who are more or less invulnerable. But, get used to it. This junk makes money. "
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
"Despite grossly misrepresenting many facts, this is an interesting, well-acted movie. Too bad they felt they had to put Hollywood twists into a story that would have been better told had they stuck with what actually happened."
Mother's Day (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
"10/10 for 7 year olds, but while the special effects are spectacular and beautiful, it's a cartoon and how can any adult sit still through this for 2 hours? Save me from any cartoon that lasts much longer than 7 minutes."
The Meddler (2016)
"First the good news. This does, in fact, end...even though you might feel terminally trapped in this politically correct drivel.The only good things are J.K. Simmons who is in it for about 10 minutes and Juice Newton singing 'Angel of the Morning.'"
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)