Personal Shopper (2016)
Gimme Danger (2016)
"It's probably 20 minutes longer than it needs to be. But when you've got archival footage this electric, and present-day interviews with Iggy Pop that are almost as entertaining, you can't really blame him for overstuffing the package."
"Writer/director Amari adeptly captures the anxiety of the undocumented, and star Hannachi expertly conveys Samia's shifts from panicked to poised. However, the characters make choices that border on the nonsensical."
Burn Country (2016)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
"Rosi captures it all with balance and dignity, allowing a bit of humour in an impromptu game of soccer among the refugees and letting the immensity of the sea and sky at times dwarf the human experience."
The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015)
Bellas de Noche (2016)
A Quiet Passion (2016)
American Honey (2016)
"What sets American Honey apart is that it's genuinely hopeful. We're not just looking at a bunch of rootless and emotionally battered youth, but searching alongside them, not upwards but onwards, toward a happy place."
La La Land (2016)
"Jenkins balances raw honesty with dreamy imagery and keeps his narrative loose, riding emotional beats instead of getting trapped inside a finite beginning and end. That is exactly how it should be."
For the Love of Spock (2016)
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
"Dujardin's man of short stature isn't allowed to have any other flaws because his height is plenty. The character would be akin to Sidney Poitier's John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner if the actor had actually been white but donned blackface."
Don't Breathe (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
"It's ambitious as hell, and all three actors are up for the challenge, but the film's momentum slips away in the final movement when characters are separated and isolated by the demands of the plot."
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)
Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
"This raw and startling doc isn't about young rape victims in China and the institutions that enable the culprits. Instead, it's about the methods used to silence the activists who draw attention to those problems."
"Whether we're closely gazing at Maria or watching her stride along the ashy volcano's side from a distance, Bustamante lets images linger long enough for their beauty to fall away, giving us a compelling and tragic look at where our coffee comes from."
Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)
"The trove of archival material glimpsed in Don't Blink is thrilling, and the soundtrack teems with smartly chosen songs by Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Charles Mingus, and, of course, the Rolling Stones."
In Order of Disappearance (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
Southside With You (2016)
"The videos are a way for Gleason to say everything he can to his baby boy before time runs out. That's enough to leave you a blubbering mess, but this doc, culled from home videos by director Clay Tweel, goes much further. "
"It's all a functional buildup to the chariot race, which is where Bekmambetov gets in close to the action. The trade-off is a less majestic scope for a more visceral thrill; not an improvement, but not a cheap imitation either."
War Dogs (2016)
Unlocking the Cage (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
Edge of Winter (2016)
Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Operation Chromite (2016)
"Lee Jung-jae gets to flash some charisma as squadron leader Jang Hak-soo, but only briefly. And while he's prominently featured on the Western posters, Liam Neeson is in full cheque-cashing mode as MacArthur."
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
How Heavy This Hammer (2015)
The Infiltrator (2016)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)