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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Highly Strung (2015)
The Meddler (2016)
Green Room (2016)
The First Monday in May (2016)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
"Screenwriter Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears have pulled off a neat trick with the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins: they've made it the story of her husband ... Florence is slightly absurd and sad ... but we ... see her through his eyes."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
A Month Of Sundays (2015)
The Invitation (2016)
"Deeply cinematic ... Hay and Manfredi's plot is complicated and satisfying and pays off, big time ... even within the sub-genre of dinner-party horror, The Invitation is one of the classy affairs ... [and] drenched in casual, comfortable diversity."
A Bigger Splash (2016)
The Daughter (2017)
The Lady In The Van (2015)
The Witch (2016)
Son of Saul (2015)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
" The Coen Brothers' 1950s-set Hollywood Studio comedy is an endlessly, effortlessly entertaining flight of fancy. If they only created it to delight themselves - which is how it possibly comes off - I have no beef with that."
How To Be Single (2016)
"Dakota Johnson has such a fresh, engaging, likeable screen presence that she single-handedly manages to sublimate the impulse to rip your cinema seat out of the floor and hurl it through the screen."
45 Years (2015)
"How much you feel pulled into her dilemma relies in large part on how much you can take away from Rampling's silent, thoughtful gaze ... I started losing patience with it ... her silent visage is just required to bear too much dramatic weight."
"Lives or dies on Ronan's performance, and it definitely lives, with energy, beauty and grace. Hornby has done a brilliant job adapting Toibin's novel ... as have art departments [with] an Ireland and Brooklyn of the 1950s but also of the romantic mind."
Steve Jobs (2015)
"The biggest strike against it is that it doesn't have any compelling reason to exist ... Jobsians will be disgusted at what is, pretty much, a character assassination and non-techheads could easily become bored."
"While the film has an even and perhaps slow pace, it skips from incident to incident so precisely that I was hanging on each of its movements as though it were an action thriller ... Kaufman's script may be some sort of wonderwork."
The Revenant (2015)
"Visually extraordinary while being dour, bleak, slow at times, and not really about very much ... If it had been tighter - and had a bit more dramatic weight to go along with its visual virtuosity - it could have been a classic."
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"What other films for children teach in an hour - about life, the universe and everything - Schulz could teach in a line, and this film reflects that. It's undeniably about decency, goodness, and love. And Snoopy."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"Jackson does Tarantino better than anyone and Tarantino writes his best material for him. They are more than the sum of their parts; when working together they are one of the great cinematic director/actor collaborations of history."
The Big Short (2015)
"Just like you didn't need to know your fastball from your highball to enjoy that terrific film [MONEYBALL], so too The Big Short lets you in even if you can't tell your Collateralised Debt Obligations from your Credit Default Swaps. Don't miss it."
"Lawrence makes it watchable, and often charming. She's in every scene and, through sheer force of will and talent, she pulls you through. I feel Russell's script wasn't ready, and he relied on Lawrence to do what she's done - save the movie."
"J.J. Abrams' homage to the first Star Wars film - the one that took our collective breath away, the one that defined our childhoods - takes "fan service" to new heights, which is not necessarily a bad thing."
" It's got a terrific fight at the end, and all the proceeding stuff is professional and clear, while never being thrilling or surprising ... [a shot of a turtle is] the most blatant and risible phallic symbol I've seen in a movie in a long time."
The Program (2016)
Absolutely Anything (2015)
"The worst film thus far of 2015, and so staggeringly terrible I can't imagine it being beaten to the bottom ... Lord knows how and why anyone agreed to make this script into a projected image, but a projected image is all that it is. "
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
"Where the film glows is its depiction of Malala's relationship with her Dad, Ziauddin, himself an inspiring, influential and brave activist. "He named her Malala" after an important folk heroine, and together, they are something to behold."
Man Up (2015)
"Perhaps the whole thing is intended as post-modern ... But it's not funny ironic, it's not funny straight, it's not funny anything. It's embarrassing from start to finish and Pegg looks deeply uncomfortable in it."
"Contemplative ... This is one of the "romance ones", and that romance is the film's strongest element ... Seydoux gives the film's best performance ... every time [Craig] shares a scene with her, his game lifts noticeably. She brings out the best in him."
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
Mistress America (2015)
"This is really witty stuff, the funniest film Baumbach has [directed] ... You'll be hard pressed to remember details ... in a couple of months - it's a light, breezy, quick trip to the fountain - but it's joyful as hell, and as funny."
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Heaven in the dark, an extraordinarily well-calibrated historical drama from storytellers par excellence ... Every craft element on display here is superb ... not a lot of suspense or tension ... but enormously entertaining and ultimately very moving."
The Lobster (2016)
" Cooper is compelling, but [character] Adam makes you want to punch him in the face ... Great chefs may be horrible, arrogant, violent, self-centred, pretentious, egomaniacal dickheads, but that doesn't mean we want to spend an hour and a half with one. "
"I have no qualms about gangster movies that glorify the gangsters - I'd have to sacrifice a significant chunk of Scorsese's oevre if I did - and I didn't have a problem with the breezy, happy-go-lucky tone of Legend. Indeed, I had a lot of fun throughout."
The Walk (2015)
"Each scene is played at full volume in a cartoonish style that desperately underlines, bolds, screams and punches every single point and effect Zemeckis is trying to make, as though he's trying to get through to a roomful of deaf babies."
The Martian (2015)
"The Martian is its own unique and wonderful beast, with a bizarre (in the best possible way) tone that is full of fun and wonder. It's a feel-good romp with lashings of science, a sci-fi flick with laughs, an ensemble comedy, a crowd-pleasing blockbuster."
"The wind-blasted Scottish moors are the perfect landscape for this cold-blooded story, and in setting the story in its exact time and place, Kurzel exposes the severity of these characters' lives, while also obliquely commenting upon our own expectations."
"Villeneuve's seventh feature is his most ambitious, and best ... spookily rich in atmospheric, seemingly authentic detail, expertly crafted, full of beautiful performances ... Absolutely worth seeing, and on the big screen - but it's a little frustrating."
The Visit (2015)