The Sunday Age
Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016)
"The documentary filmmaking background of Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro informs much of his second dramatic feature, which ventures deep without judgment or undue instigation into the lives of a group of itinerant rodeo workers"
Southside With You (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"War truly is hell in this World War II biographical drama as the film's subject, decorated combat medic and pacifist Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), is caught up in horrific carnage that can outweigh the storytelling."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
"What Cianfrance can't do is find a definitive ending: the film has at least three as it builds to a high pitch and thus runs long. But along the way it's passionately gripping and much more than the cliche of a tear-jerking romance."
The Accountant (2016)
"Director Gavin O'Connor has made some tough, decent dramas about the frayed bonds of family and subcultures, but it takes ludicrous steps to get The Accountant down to that fundamental level, and once there the film barely registers."
Doctor Strange (2016)
" For all the talk of alternate dimensions and sightings of a bald Tilda Swinton, Scott Derrickson's film is a sturdy addition to the superhero saga that's been slotting in compatible pieces since Iron Man delivered its first wisecrack in 2008."
"The visual textures are adroitly familiar, but the director never loses track of his two leads: the sex scene between the two young women tumbles through often contradictory moods and their distinct uncertainty before capturing their pleasure together."
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)
" Despite being directed by Gregg Mottola (Superbad, Paul), the comic scenes play out with often banal interplay that barely has a whiff of improvised mayhem, while the action sequences are essentially generic."
Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
Heart of a Dog (2015)
The Neon Demon (2016)
"The Neon Demon is a gender-flipped twin to Refn's last movie, the dreamy Bangkok ultraviolence of 2013's Only God Forgives. That film turned the male mindset into a self-destructive celebration, and now he's made the female equivalent."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"This sequel to the bare-fisted 2012 action film that featured Tom Cruise as a lone, lean force of American nature corrects several failings from the original Jack Reacher. The problem is it also loses some of the original's better qualities."
Zero Days (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
Café Society (2016)
"The documentary removes cliches that surround the African community to reveal individuals, makes clear the humanitarian need to accept refugees, and shows the deep, soulful value of engaging with the arts."
Under The Shadow (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"Told with a trademark Iranian naturalism by first-time director Vahid Jalilvand, each of the trio of participants whose lives are uncovered offer a window into both contemporary Iranian circumstances and the ubiquity of regret."
" The movie evokes a detailed, deadpan state of being, refusing to allow for sympathy as the games grow ever more intense and recriminations take hold. What is Tsangari's underlying metaphor? Take your pick, but this is bracing filmmaking."
Early Winter (2015)
"Locked-off cameras that refuse to direct the audience's attention shape a film where the difference between diffidence and deceit could be non-existent ... [Michael] Rowe reveals how relationships, however solid, are prey to their own intractability."
"Dudok de Wit's sparse work acquires the power of a fable, leaping years and revealing images that have the timeless power of cave drawings. The final scenes are resolutely simple but deeply powerful, encapsulating life's passage."
Life, Animated (2016)
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
Yoga Hosers (2016)
"Kevin Smith goes back to the fluoro-lit convenience store with this tepid teen horror-comedy that plays out as a grab-bag of self-referential jokes and friendly indulgences stretched beyond breaking point."
Pete's Dragon (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)
The Queen of Ireland (2015)
Captain Fantastic (2016)
"It helps immeasurably that Ben is played by [Viggo] Mortensen, who with his greying beard and watchful gaze, makes you aware of how deeply powerful - and possibly distorting - the act of nurturing a cherished child is."
"Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman's documentary may well be the ultimate political experience, capturing in excruciating detail the hopeful comeback and disastrous second defeat of former US Congressman Anthony Weiner."
My Scientology Movie (2017)
The Carer (2015)
Sunset Song (2016)
"The sight of David Brent shilling for forgiveness and empathy, and blatantly receiving it, is the kind of development the once incorrigible Ricky Gervais - an unforgiving comic voice and scourge of the Golden Globes - would have ripped to shreds."
A Hologram for the King (2016)
"The movie, an adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2012 novel of the same name, captures the mercenary basis of corporate culture and Tykwer's love for the visual information conveyed by architecture, but it narrows in scope quickly as romance takes hold. "
War Dogs (2016)
The Shallows (2016)