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The Sunshine Makers (2017)
"An ode to the counterculture's well-intentioned ethos and the dubious conduct it spawned, Mellen's film is the rare documentary to function as time capsule, philosophical inquiry, and rollicking thriller all at once"
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016)
"His was a career full of performances that combined stoic stillness and fiery animalistic expressiveness, and come next Friday, it'll receive a fitting tribute from a compelling new documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai."
"There are no princes hanging around, no boys to really think about, no girly hang-ups or thingamabobs to fritter over, and no romantic subplots to distract from what's truly important: survival, independence, identity, self-belief."
"Frozen is a transitional step from movies like the nightmarishly retrograde Little Mermaid, to films that won't need to explicitly tell little girls that true love doesn't have to involve marrying a prince or being rescued."
Doctor Strange (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
"A frequently frustrating but surprisingly entertaining genre mishmash that's at least upfront about its central conceit: Ben Affleck is definitely, 100 percent going for it as Hollywood's first autistic assassin."
Under The Shadow (2016)
"A ghost story both on its surface and far below it -- a haunted house tale in which the tangible dangers of the war outside are so immediate that no one really sees what's happening within the walls."
Raw (Grave) (2017)
"I've heard the patrons felled by Raw's more outré scenes, in a film filled with gaping flesh wounds and at least one sensual eyeball-licking, were men, which only underscores the film's power as a feminist fable."
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Amanda Knox (2016)
Free Fire (2017)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
La La Land (2016)
White Girl (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
"You might find yourself alone one night imagining your dinner screaming with every bite you take, and then wonder: Is that half-eaten slice of pizza plotting cheesy vengeance upon me... or am I the half-eaten slice of pizza?"
Hell or High Water (2016)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Blair Witch (2016)
Zero Days (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"When Beyond soars, it hits a sweet spot of perfectly balanced stakes, momentum, character development, callbacks, music, and action, blasting at full power in particular in one memorable space-battle set piece that punches in just the right moments."
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Germans & Jews (2016)
"It proves a level-headed, borderline-detached stab at understanding how Germans, and by extension Germany as a whole, dealt with a still-fresh history of mass extermination and attempted world conquest. "
The Witness (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
All the Way (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Finally, a big budget superhero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things-or, as we've endured too frequently in the past, neither of them. (Looking at you, Batman v Superman.)"
Thank You For Playing (2016)
Hardcore Henry (2016)
"If you're ready to subject yourself to the most balls-out, bonkers action ride of the year, then you are precisely the maniac for whom the flashy, gory first-person action-thriller Hardcore Henry was made."
The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)
"By rooting the proceedings in a believable real-world context, Uthaug does much to amplify the what-if horror of The Wave, which spends its first thirty minutes establishing both its setting and its scientific circumstances."
Rolling Papers (2016)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Southside With You (2016)
The Greasy Strangler (2016)