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)
"The troll scenes offer a mix of neon pastels that suggest someone ate a Lisa Frank store and promptly regurgitated it, while Bergentown features the vast spectrum of tones you might find in a baby's full diaper."
20th Century Women (2017)
"Throw in some tacked-on anti-standardized-tests speeches and a late-in-the-game reveal about a death in the family, and you've got a movie that's constantly zigging and zagging emotionally without a skilled hand at the wheel."
Blue Jay (2016)
"It's to the credit of both the movie and its stars that the easy sense of naturalism isn't undone by the eventual revelations. These people are believable, and so are their conversations, and so is their shared past."
King Cobra (2016)
A Monster Calls (2017)
"It tries hard to simultaneously be exciting, emotional and magical. And while it doesn't always manage to nail that tricky trifecta, it provides a number of touching moments and a behemoth to remember."
The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)
"Calling to mind the sullen lovers of Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together, the young men of Being 17 are more gestural than verbal. Téchiné intuitively favors movement over chatter, and he directs his young actors toward intimate, yearning performances."
Do Not Resist (2016)
"It's a brisk 72-minutes, compact with hard-hitting data, rare behind-the-scenes footage of police activity (training, private discussions, on-the-job combat, etc.), and compelling personal anecdotes."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)