Film Comment Magazine
The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015)
American Honey (2016)
"American Honey's loose plot, rambling pace, and lack of resolution inevitably will be maddening to some. But it's the only way this sprawling tale can be told; fittingly, American Honey goes on until it doesn't, just like every other summer."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
"The love scenes between Sook-hee and Hideko are beautiful, explicit, and funny, displaying a candor about sexuality that's not intended to shock but to draw you in-it's the most normal thing about this flamboyant, acerbic film."
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Chan Is Missing (1982)
Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)
"The juxtaposition of pulsating Paris with the static and reactionary countryside yields a compelling metaphor for Delphine's moral conundrum...What's frustrating about Summertime is its sometimes overly didactic tone."
Into The Forest (2016)
"Nell and Eva's relationship forms the heart of the film and, along with the fleeting moments of ecstasy they find in things previously taken for granted, their bond provides something of genuine beauty in a progressively bleak world."
The Childhood of a Leader (2016)
Captain Fantastic (2016)
"Writer-director Ross lapses into contrivance, narrative and emotional, but it'd be worse without Mortensen's utter conviction and that rugged, out-of-time mien which has served him well in stories of extremity from The Road to Jauja."
"Dramatizing the two boys' respective insecurities and strengths, Gondry has crafted a pair of loners who complement each other but aren't so outrageously different that their companionship feels forced."
The BFG (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
"Fatima adds another trim chapter to Faucon's catalog of social dramas with its affecting, highly focused story of a hard-working first-generation Moroccan mother, Fatima, and her two teenage daughters in Lyon."
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
"Even the most garish escapism requires a director who has the mental discipline to hold out for a fecund idea and the inventive power to build on it. In Suicide Squad, as in Sabotage, the only time brains enter the picture is when heads explode."
Café Society (2016)
"The blinding, brain-smacking mayhem can't wipe out the movie's core of good feeling. Even after the action goes bust, the film's gifted stars continue to radiate their own nuclear-powered, Amazonian brand of bonhomie."
"Too flip and sweet-natured to be obviously appealing to adult lovers of French art cinema, too digressive, melancholic, low-key and gently raunchy to classify as a children's movie in any usual sense."
Life, Animated (2016)
The BFG (2016)
Zero Days (2016)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)
Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)
"Hong's films make us realize that people like Chunsu have the potential to make life pretty dreadful for themselves and everyone around them, so thank goodness for providence-and a master manipulator like Hong-for saving everyone from the brink."
Finding Dory (2016)
The President (2016)
"In the best moments of Kandahar, Makhmalbaf conveyed every twist of irony in these savage juxtapositions. In The President, the weight of his preaching tends to flatten out the ironies and the epiphanies."
De Palma (2016)
"Bobin, who can do low-key, as in TV's Flight of the Conchords, and keyed-up, as in Muppets Most Wanted, goes no-key in Alice Through the Looking Glass. He directs so anonymously, it's as if he's imitating Burton on a bad day."
Money Monster (2016)
"It wants to be a responsible topical thriller, but the change in focus from the fed-up prole to the battle-hardened broadcast virtuosos is so misjudged that the movie comes off as socially unconscious."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015)