All We Had (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"A busy but witless and stale comedy that rehashes every raunchy gag we expect from R-rated comedies, it also wears its hackneyed sentimentality and cookie-cutter underdog story beats as proudly as adhesive nametags."
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
"This is an intelligently made film about an intelligent woman, but it's also emotionally engaging; who among us wouldn't like to feel that we could persevere even if stripped of nearly everything that defines us? "
The Founder (2017)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016)
"The movie could have examined the limitations of white liberalism, the damage that well-meaning people can do if they don't educate themselves along the way. Instead, it embodies that well-meaning approach, and all the harm it can do."
Patriots Day (2016)
"It's not interested in why the bombers committed this act or in the mechanisms by which they were captured. Still, as a retelling of a tragedy that had moments of heroism among uniformed personnel and indefatigable civilians alike, it gets the job done."
Bleed For This (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
"Has all the makings of a huge family blockbuster, but all the bloated traps of those, too. It hasn't quite got the balance right, but, like the title hints, surely knows where to find the magic formula over the ensuing movies. "
Miss Sloane (2016)
"If this were a TV pilot, we could at least sit back and wait for the character's vulnerabilities and backstories to emerge, but in the screenplay by first-timer Jonathan Perera, we get all the quirks and none of the depth."
The Comedian (2017)
Shut In (2016)
No Pay, Nudity (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
"The Marla-Frank story is quite lovely, and the tale of Hughes in his later years is a potentially fascinating one. Unfortunately, the screenplay of "Rules Don't Apply" never quite figures out how to make the two coexist. "
The Love Witch (2016)
"Mere seconds into Anna Biller's candy-colored retro-horror film, you realize this movie is an ornate portal with a beckoning, bejeweled finger, and you're as helpless as one of its titular seducer's hexed-and-sexed victims."
Almost Christmas (2016)
"Much to its credit, the screenplay makes Moana an interesting, self-actualized character. She's not waiting around for a prince, and there's no question that her gender will stand in the way of inheriting the title of chief."
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
"The plot is scripted by writer-director Julio DePietro and there are some actors in on the joke, but the moments with other voters and nearly every candidate at rallies across the country are real. And very funny."
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Casts a few impressive spells of its own, not the least of which is the redemption of the visual-effects extravaganza. This funny, freaky adventure reminds us of how effective VFX can be when they've got some imagination behind them."
American Pastoral (2016)
Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
"Eschewing his usual modus operandi for the rollicking tension of active kink, Park finds a percolating balance between sensuality and sin, and it might just win him admirers beyond the usual bloodthirsty fanboys."
In a Valley of Violence (2016)
We Are X (2016)
Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)
"This is the first time he's put himself on stage, actually doing standup. And he does quite a good job of it, mixing his tricky wit and folksy humor with searingly salient commentary about the current presidential race."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"As featureless and generic as its title, but between Cruise's star quality and the ability of director Edward Zwick to stage coherent action sequences, the results are a palatable enough popcorn movie."
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
The Whole Truth (2016)
The Lost City of Z (2017)
"This film is structured so that the scenes where Billy and his fellow soldiers stand behind Destiny's Child at the halftime show feel far more nerve-wracking than the unconvincing war scenes, and this deliberate imbalance never pays off dramatically."
Max Steel (2016)
Coming Through The Rye (2016)
"But while Christine the movie may leave you in a coldly analytical space about sad people -- even its dollops of humor have a chilliness -- Christine the woman stays with you, thanks to a career-best performance from Hall."
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
"Even if Hart has become enough of a big shot to get Halle Berry and Don Cheadle to play along with the 007 spoof that opens the movie, he's still frank and funny enough to relate to the folks in the cheap seats."
The Accountant (2016)