Nocturnal Animals (2016)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Lady In The Van (2015)
45 Years (2015)
"[In] Kaufman's previous films, the protagonists' inner worlds were so charismatically projected that you understood why they preferred themselves. This time around, that navel proves a gloomy place to dwell for ninety minutes."
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Miles Ahead (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)
The BFG (2016)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"It's bigger than it's predecessor, louder and in many ways messier. But, within all the bombast, catastrophe, and near-miss missteps, Age of Ultron also has more personality and nuance than the films that came before."
Me Before You (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
"Relying on his talented cast, compelling true crime premise, and brilliant performance from Johnny Depp, Scott Cooper has created a riveting and tense film that may toe a well-worn genre line - but toes it oh so well."
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Tilda Swinton is a striking actor, both in appearance and talent. There is often something otherworldly about her performances. She resonates power and quiet authority. Her take on the Ancient One is wry and knowing."
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
"[The Handmaiden,] Park Chan-wook's Korean- and Japanese-language take on Welsh novelist Sarah Waters's Victorian-set romantic thriller Fingersmith, may be the best adaptation of this year. It is certainly the most innovative."
The Babadook (2014)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"What fascinates me most about this Girl on the Train -- and what makes it a film that may resonate most with women -- is that it has the audacity to embrace unlikeable female protagonists who don't even like themselves."
The Lobster (2016)
"The experience of inhabiting this otherworld even for two hours is so harrowing and demanding that The Lobster doesn't easily relinquish its viewers, especially as its ambiguous ending offers no clean takeaway."
Maggie's Plan (2016)
"[it's] is about a male fraternity, which easily could qualify it as a boys-will-be-boys lark... [but] Goat is a more serious venture -- one that tackles this all-American institution's casual brutality with a refreshingly bare-bones candor."
Queen of Katwe (2016)
The Dressmaker (2016)
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
"It's about the identity politics that allowed Leroy to come to be in the first place -- about whether the literary talent for which Leroy was lauded could so quickly have been dismissed had it been taken on its own merits."
I Saw the Light (2016)
"One of these days someone is going to wise up and make a music biopic that focuses on what actually distinguishes their subject... there have always been plenty of no-account, whoring boozehounds. But there was only one Hank Williams."
The Program (2016)
"[Foster] has admitted to a certain admiration for Armstrong. This is evident in the compassion built into his portrayal, which adds complexity to the slick veneer of Frears's obvious antipathy for his subject."
"Though Sully is by no means Eastwood's worst film -- I reserve that honor for 2002's Blood Work -- it does achieve the impossible. It makes an unlikeable film out of one of the few feel-good stories of the aughts."
The Little Prince (2016)
"Rather than attempting a direct translation of the book's content, they've captured its spirit by threading elements of the story into a modern-day tale about the dangers of sacrificing wonder to technology and commerce."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)
"The 9th Life of Louis Drax could not be more appropriately titled, not only because it has gone through many incarnations before its September 2 arrival in theaters but because it seems to contain the ghosts of many films."
Suicide Squad (2016)
Into The Forest (2016)
"Into the Forest may get lost in the glut of post-apocalyptic films... If that's the case, it'll be a shame, for this adaptation of Jean Hegland's gently sci-fi novel is a more intimate film than many of those zombie-busters and doomsday thrillers. "
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)