"Without giving too much away, Arrival is an innately hopeful and pacifistic movie. Louise's effort to understand the aliens, despite the fearful human reactions around her, makes a powerful case for communication over conflict."
Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)
The Neon Demon (2016)
"It asks us to consider how our emotional responses to the narrative depiction of sexual violence are themselves conditioned by rape culture. Catlike, Elle lands softly and lightly -- with its intriguing antiheroine firmly on her feet."
Doctor Strange (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"Kids will enjoy it because its air of barely controlled chaos never tips into anything genuinely scary. Adults will enjoy it because, under the one-liners, it understands the emotional power of nostalgia: a return to a place where you know you are loved."
Personal Shopper (2016)
"I didn't know that all I wanted in a movie was Kristen Stewart motorbiking around Paris buying expensive designer fashions for rich people while texting a ghost who may or may not be her dead twin brother."
Suicide Squad (2016)
"The air almost immediately starts leaking out of the film once it starts. The whole first half-hour is a riot of blunt exposition, useless flashbacks, and false starts. This is a movie that doesn't even know how to begin."
"Naturally, like all good attention-seeking egomaniacs with delusions of grandeur and infallibility, he had a camera crew following his every move. And for that, we are thankful because now we have Weiner."
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Sing Street (2016)
"It's a new town, a new villain, and a new conspiracy, but the elements are the same and this time they come wrapped in a more haunting personal narrative that puts land rights and the concept of Indigenous country front and centre."
"[Dolan's] usual flirtations with excess style including playful use of aspect ratios, flamboyant costuming, left-of-centre pop musical selections, and overt queerness are dulled by the more sombre material..."
Certain Women (2016)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Contemporary Color (2016)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
"Demolition unfolds with all the narrative and intellectual nuance of a bulldozer being driven through a house. Which, incidentally, is something else we get to see happen in this terrible, terrible film."
Maggie's Plan (2016)
Down Under (2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
"Independence Day: Resurgence is a wildly silly movie full of nonsensical logic, terrible exposition dialogue, and convoluted gobbledygook science. It also doesn't matter one bit, because this sequel to the 1996 blockbuster is a whole lot of fun."
Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
Queen of the Desert (2015)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Chasing Asylum (2016)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot never seems to be setting its sights any higher than a story of one woman's self-discovery. It had the perfect chance to give us something fresh and new, but instead sheepishly recoils just short of the finish line."
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Grief, anguish, revenge. All of these, when rendered onto the canvas of a well-rounded character, are so much more potent than the sight of a city crashing into another city or a looming CGI spaceship drawing ever nearer to its fatal destination."
Midnight Special (2016)
The Boss (2016)
"What I appreciate is that McCarthy isn't just sticking to what she knows and churning out sequels to her previously successful films. Instead she's challenging herself to be funny in different realms."
The Jungle Book (2016)
Eye In The Sky (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
"[Much] of the action... is a dog's breakfast of discombobulating editing. The film's final passages are such an aggressively hard to watch collision of excessive CGI and murky colour palate that it's hard to make heads or tails of most of it."
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
How To Be Single (2016)
Zoolander 2 (2016)