The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"The Birth of a Nation is a vibrant, furious piece of work, and the fact that it seems extra-relevant right now should be seen as a failure of our culture, not as a calculated move by Nate Parker or his collaborators."
Blair Witch (2016)
Southside With You (2016)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
"It may be a little melancholy for younger viewers, but that could simply be an opportunity to talk to kids about how life does not always give us what we expect, especially when it comes to the people in our lives."
Strange Brew (1983)
"Overall, I'm not sure anyone picking up Strange Brew cold right now without any prior exposure to the characters would even be able to tell what they're looking at. I still find it entertaining, and I love Rick Moranis in the film in particular. "
Pete's Dragon (2016)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
"[Matthew McConaughey] recent work has demonstrated that he's a man of many talents but even he can't transform a beat that feels so tedious, unnecessary and, sadly, clichéd into a moment that should be powerful and heartbreaking."
The Trust (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
The Mind's Eye (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
"It is gleefully nihilistic, and it takes a different approach to what has become a fairly familiar story form at this point, right at the moment when it feels like superhero movies either have to evolve or die. "
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"This one won't stick to you the way the great movies do, but it was a genuinely enjoyable sit, and it further pushes the idea that Illumination is one of the rare start-up animation houses that has actually cemented a future for themselves."
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
"David Yates and company have made something that is often lovely, eventually thrilling, and even occasionally kind of arousing, and this pulp adventure should be seen in as big a theater as possible to fully enjoy what they've done."
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
"For audiences who want mindless mayhem, the films never really tip over into that, and for anyone who wants to see this idea fully explored, you may leave frustrated. At least this time, it feels like the dart is on the dartboard instead of in the wall. "
The Neon Demon (2016)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
"When this film earns your tears... and it will... it does it honestly, and I suspect this is a film that people are going to share by word of mouth for years, one of those rare gems that will play equally well for viewers of any age."
Central Intelligence (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"It's not easy to make a good comedy, but it's really not easy to make one this beautiful on a visual level that also still feels loose and funny enough for improvisation and random left turns into lunacy."
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
"This is a film for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it feels like an affectionate, energetic effort, clearly coming from a place of real appreciation for why these characters have endured."
Disorder (Maryland) (2016)
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turns out to be entirely agreeable, if not spectacular, and considering the alternatives when you're dealing with something as borderline preposterous as this, that's fairly impressive."
Grease: Live! (2016)
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Finders Keepers (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
"There's a great sense of invention to the way they've laid out the landscape of the mind here, and there are some sequences that are pure animation in a way that Pixar rarely gets to indulge in their features."
7 Days in Hell (2015)
""The Hunger Games" knows that it's wrong to sell war and death as entertainment, and that tension between message and form is part of what has made this a welcome if uncomfortable addition to the pop culture landscape."
The Night Before (2015)
By The Sea (2015)
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
The Assassin (2015)
The Leisure Class (2015)
The Summer Of Sangaile (2015)
"There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It feels like it moves forward in every single scene, and while it's a little mechanical about how it follows three-act structure, it's almost charmingly old-fashioned about it."
Prophet's Prey (2015)