The Founder (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
"The movie doesn't have a plot, and it doesn't really need one. The stars, all superb, say all that needs to be said in their characters' quiet yearning and desperate search for meaning in a world finally allowing them to find it."
Don't Think Twice (2016)
"Don't Think Twice depicts the travails of a longstanding improv troupe in New York City and it does so with the sort of exacting specificity only possible from a filmmaker who understands that world intimately."
Hidden Figures (2017)
"As a reminder of what can happen when Americans pull together behind a collective and ambitious cause, it's welcome, a rejoinder to the great strife and division that permeates the national mood today."
Toni Erdmann (2016)
"Under the skillful eye of director Maren Ade, the movie is certainly unafraid of embracing the weird, but it is an inherently sweet and oftentimes moving picture about the lengths to which a parent can go to help a child in distress."
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
"Some nightmares play out in ornate and stylized fashion, while others are categorized by a slow drip of disasters and frustrations. I, Daniel Blake, the new movie from Ken Loach, locates itself squarely within the latter category."
A Monster Calls (2017)
"Bathed in expressive natural light and bestowed with a sense of constant movement, the movie also pulls even further back from the specifics of Neruda's story to depict a battle for the essence of a nation at war with itself."
La La Land (2016)
"It's a picture filmmakers have propagated since time immemorial, a valentine to show business itself, and yet filmmaker Damien Chazelle renders it anew in La La Land, an original musical that pays tribute to the city and all it represents."
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Bleed For This (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig pitches the movie in a state of heightened panic, capturing the pain and frustration that engulfs Nadine after a revelation that only serves to enhance her already dominant sense that she's alone in the world."
"[It's] a spectacular mess - thoroughly uneven in its plotting, filled with character touches that aggressively strain credulity and performances that sacrifice naturalism and authenticity in favor of an abiding artifice."
"[Villeneuve creates] a mood of lingering unease, crafting a series of immense images set to the orchestral dread of Jóhann Jóhannsson's score that powerfully suggest the mystery at hand without indulging in obvious instincts."
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
""The Eagle Huntress" exemplifies the best and most noble function of documentary cinema: taking a world that's far removed from our own and presenting it in a relatable fashion while retaining some of its mysteries."
"Edgerton and Negga seamlessly create that strong bond, sharing small moments of aching tenderness and subdued joy while expertly conveying the fear and uncertainty that accompanies this grueling ordeal."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"This is a movie set in an on-screen world that feels familiar, the American inner city, in this case one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. But it meticulously defies the conventions typically associated with movies about that milieu."
American Pastoral (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
"It's the usual, rote "meet the players" tactic that movies in this vein incorporate to provide you with just the right touch of character details so that the coming destruction resonates as more than an effects reel."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"The agony and desperation of slavery, the sheer magnitude of the total dehumanization that defines it, has been captured in The Birth of a Nation by director, star and writer Nate Parker with stunning force."
The Lovers And The Despot (2016)
"The details of Kim's cinematic obsession are vividly spelled out by filmmakers Ross Adam and Robert Cannan, illustrated with clips of Shin's North Korean movies and ample footage of the familiar, coordinated mass displays of patriotism."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"Things couldn't possibly seem more wheezy and tired than they do when played out in a narrative framework that had already run its course by the time Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen took it on in 1960."
Max Rose (2016)
The Hollars (2016)
White Girl (2016)
"To pull that off in an affecting way requires more than the dramatic ploy of Jesus popping up to offer teachings about peace and co-existence. It demands characters with substantial depth and performances that inspire the audience's investment."
The Lost Arcade (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
Café Society (2016)
Life, Animated (2016)
The Family Fang (2016)
"Filmed with an economic focus on revealing character details, and lit in shadowy brown tones that reflect the inner darkness surrounding these siblings, "The Family Fang" grounds itself in the emotional truths of their states of mind."
The Lobster (2016)