Captain Fantastic (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"Kore-eda's latest exudes the same sentimental, unhurried tone of "Still Walking" and "Like Father, Like Son," and to be sure it's a simple tale without many surprises. But in his hands, that slightness can feel elemental, timeless."
The Last Heist (2016)
"Your enjoyment of [the film] is contingent almost entirely upon the ability to forgive shoddy scripting... mediocre acting, fitful pacing, laughable effects and visuals that test the bounds of the word "cheap" under the guise of B-movie fare."
The BFG (2016)
"The BFG, with its unhurried pace and confident direction, feels much more at ease with itself than the vast majority of kids films, but it's also a widescreen expansion of Spielberg's worst instincts."
The Phenom (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
"Microbe & Gasoline celebrates the notion that there's a thin line between genius and idiocy. And then it walks that line itself, teetering between the eye-roll-inducing absurd and the Derridean-like theoretical world which a certain kind of youth inhabit."
The Shallows (2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
"Director-writer Rob Burnett... deserves props for making such an offbeat, heartfelt film, and landing the talent to pull the lead roles off. It's just unfortunate that the film itself is not entirely successful."
The Neon Demon (2016)
Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"What the film lacks in clean-cut storytelling, though, it more than makes up for in sheer emotionality. Finding Dory is the rare sequel that repurposes the original as a foundation rather than as a cheap form of fan service."
Central Intelligence (2016)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Holy Hell (2016)
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
"Sports are never just sports -- they're an extension of the race and class issues we experience daily. O.J. Simpson symbolized something powerful in our collective unconscious. And as this movie demonstrates, his fall from grace was partly ours."
Last Days In The Desert (2016)
Divine Access (2016)
The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)
"Na trades in doubt and especially despair more than in what we think of as "horror." He isn't out to terrify us. He's out to corrode our souls, much in the same way that his protagonist's faith is corroded."
The Fits (2016)
"Already seriously in the running to take the prize for Worst Movie of 2016, Warcraft may prove that the fabled video game adaption "curse" is so strong that it can bring even the most talented of young filmmakers to their knees."
Personal Shopper (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
The Student ((M)uchenik) (2016)
American Honey (2016)
"If the filmmakers had an agenda besides studying Weiner's character, they did a great job of hiding it. Weiner shows many facets of his personality: He can be charming and funny, but he can also be a petulant, entitled jerk."
Money Monster (2016)
Queen Mimi (2016)
Toni Erdmann (2016)
"Toni Erdmann detonates the typical father-daughter drama, Ade and her cast adventurously trying to put back the pieces into an exciting new whole. You'll see the imperfections in this mosaic, but it's still a wonder to look at."
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
"This movie is just over 80 minutes, and it feels like (a) they're stretching to fill that much, since so much of what happens is redundant; and (b) that they didn't actually do a lot of takes, since so many of these conversations are stilted."
Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)
"Its very foundation is built on coincidences, which add excess density to an already dense narrative. But Cheang keeps the threads straight, which is as impressive a feat as any of his film's stunts."