The Sunday Age
"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)
Bad Moms (2016)
"This Hollywood comedy about a trio of exhausted mothers who buck the system is intermittently fun but lacks both the freakiness and finesse to be more than a diversion, despite the cast's committed efforts."
" The train's compartmentalised space and succession of doors create both a fixed space rife with opportunities for tension and a welcome geographic certainty as infection spreads through the carriages."
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Clan (El Clan) (2016)
Censored Voices (2015)
"In Anna Muylaert's domestic drama ... the outcome is small but significant, a well-earned and thought-out riposte via a strong ensemble cast that gives contradictory meaning to the idea of knowing your place."
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Sing Street (2016)
Mr. Gaga (2015)
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
Maggie's Plan (2016)
Central Intelligence (2016)
After Hours (1985)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)