Tribune News Service
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Lights Out (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
"Rides on Cranston's abilities to so ably and sensitively portray the average American man torn between his double life. The story itself often seems outlandish, and if it weren't based on a true one, would feel unrealistic and overly contrived. "
Captain Fantastic (2016)
"Almost startling in how profoundly life-affirming and affecting it is. That's due in large part to Mortensen's wry and tender performance as a man not only committed to his ideals, but the ideals of his wife. "
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"Draws on the universal experience of pet ownership to draw out the "awww" in all of us. But the film butt-scoots by on its premise. There's not much more going on, thematically or emotionally below the surface. "
The BFG (2016)
"The most effective moments of "The BFG" are the ones that hit home with wistful emotion, but surprise with the possibilities of magic in connections - those moments that Spielberg and Dahl have defined for a generation. "
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Central Intelligence (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
"A splash of fresh seawater in the face of a rather dismal summer movie season. It's very cheesy, which is how escapist summer cinema should be, and part of its charm is that it's not self-reflective enough to be aware of its own cheesiness. "
The Neon Demon (2016)
"Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings. On first watch, the film is bizarre, hallucinatory, shockingly gruesome. A second watch unlocks the dumb-clever charms of Refn's script "
Free State of Jones (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
"There isn't enough whimsy in the world to save this unengaging story."
The Nice Guys (2016)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
"Isn't it time that the ladies got their own rollicking, foul-mouthed, THC-soaked party movie? The fact that it contains a profoundly progressive message about the difficulties of bucking an inherently sexist system helps its instant-classic status. "
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Last Days In The Desert (2016)
Money Monster (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"A kooky, sexy, rollicking, and eventually, quite dark, romp through a sun-sizzled Sicilian vacation. Jump on in-the water's fine, though, swim at your own risk."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Hilarious in the way you might expect from Key and Peele, but on a much larger and more grandiose level - a legitimately epic action comedy that is at once a send up of and love letter to the genre. "
Mother's Day (2016)
""Mother's Day" is a total mess, but what's truly offensive is that they didn't even try to make this cynical, post-Sunday brunch cash grab even remotely watchable. Your mom deserves so much better this Mother's Day. "
The Meddler (2016)
"The kind of deeply felt personal filmmaking that transcends the specific to reveal a universal truth, in this case, a loving, if exasperated, appreciation for the moms of the world."
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
"Nah, queen. "
Green Room (2016)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
The Boss (2016)
Louder Than Bombs (2016)
Miles Ahead (2016)
The Dark Horse (2016)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
I Saw the Light (2016)
"Proves less can often provide opportunities for so much more."
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
"There's a bizarre, obsessive fixation on bodily fluids (in the gallons) and orifices (for spelunking). The problem is that the writers overly rely on these taboo, gross-out displays to provide laughs, instead of, you know, actual jokes. "
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
"Put this down, close this tab, go to your local multiplex and just buy a ticket. Even better if you haven't seen more than a teaser trailer. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, proceed directly to the theater. "