Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
American Honey (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"Lonergan found the right man in Affleck, standing stony-faced while others weep, his performance a master class in submerged feeling... But it's Williams who stuns, in the course of a single, astonishing dialogue toward the end of the film."
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Like previous expository Marvel films much of Doctor Strange is devoted to Cumberbatch acquainting himself with his new powers. But the film's visual mindbending is what sets it apart from the studio's past releases."
"This is a quiet, modestly scaled film -- a character study made by a filmmaker blessed with unusual amounts of curiosity about his characters that demands an equal commitment of patience from its audience -- but the payoff is beautiful."
"[Howard seems] as if he were intent on making a film for anyone who tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, fell in love with the four adorable mop tops and regrets all the long-haired plonking about with sitars that came later."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
"I suspect a doomed romance of another sort has unfurled: Acclaimed indie director falls for slush bucket best-seller and thinks he can "redeem" it with great cinematography and Oscar-winning actors."
Southside With You (2016)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
"Although there is some nice performance footage, the film isn't a good way for a beginner to get a grip on Zappa's music, which spans from proto-punk to classical. It is a nice journey through Zappa's mind for the already converted."
Finding Dory (2016)
The Witness (2016)
Short Cuts (1993)
"It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort."
Son of Saul (2015)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
"Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve."
Mistress America (2015)
Cartel Land (2015)
7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
Heaven & Earth (1994)
The Snapper (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Bad Santa (2003)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Batman & Robin (1997)
"Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut."
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
"Wes Anderson transports his arch, pristine, melancholic sensibility to India, where three estranged brothers meet after their father's death and hop a train in a quixotic attempt to heal their spiritual wounds."
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)