Tribune News Service
American Pastoral (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"The character is an ideal vessel for Cruise's gifts as a movie star. Even if he doesn't quite fit the physical description Child imagined in writing, Cruise takes Reacher and shapes him into one of his iconic characters."
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
"But the humor, as it always has, revolves around Hart's slightly bratty self-preservation instincts - he digs deep into vulnerabilities and what could be perceived as his flaws as a parent and partner to draw out the laughs."
The Accountant (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"Storks is at times cacophonous and overly busy, and the animation tends toward the goofy rather than the spectacular. However, Stoller manages to pull off a third act and emotional resolution that's genuinely moving."
"If Laura Poitras' Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" was the technical, unflinching, non-fiction version of Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks, Stone's film is most definitely the Hollywood version."
"Good people doing their jobs thoughtfully and at the height of their abilities, working together under unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes all of those things come together to create a miracle, and "Sully" is a warm reminder of that."
Other People (2016)
White Girl (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Southside With You (2016)
"One wouldn't quite say this date movie is political, but this deeply personal portrayal of the President and First Lady is inherently political -- asserting their humanity and the specific life experiences that brought them to the White House."
The Hollars (2016)
Don't Breathe (2016)
"While the sight-based conceit offers the opportunity for clever suspense and scares, it's the starkly realistic setting and all too newsworthy themes underpinning the spooky tale that makes the horror of this film so bone-chilling. "
Morris from America (2016)
"What "The People vs. Fritz Bauer" does so well is distill large, complicated political issues into an intimate, personal story about one man's desire to bring not only justice, but catharsis to post-war Germany, mired in a fog of complacency. "
Sausage Party (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Bad Moms (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
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)