Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"This introduction of the planned franchise gets it right by dropping us at the starting line of a great adventure -- a magical beginning that whets the appetite for the next time Ms. Rowling decides to cast a cinematic spell."
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
American Pastoral (2016)
"The book is dense and by turns unwieldy and lovely and troubled. Streamlined into a screenplay by John Romano ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), the narrative loses much of the complexity, and the resulting film borders on family melodrama."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Director-writer Hannes Holm stacks the emotional deck in a melodramatic screenplay based on Fredrik Backman's best-selling novel. But Mr. Lassgard in the title role and Ida Engvoll as late wife Sonja pull it off."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Killing Reagan (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"To its credit... The Girl on the Train features an unusual number of strong female roles, but neither they nor their men are people we'd want to spend more than the film's 112 minutes with, if that."
The Babadook (2014)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"Despite its excessive heroicizing, Mr. Stone's version provides a good opportunity to revisit the crucial issue of civil liberties vs. national security, and the fascinating figure who brought it to our attention."
Don't Think Twice (2016)
My King (Mon roi) (2016)
"Don't look for a happy ending or, for that matter, any definitive resolution of the two-hour roller coaster ride. The rise and fall of this romantic empire is not necessarily over, even when it's over."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
"[Streep] can croon a decent tune when she needs to. This role calls for the greater skill of delivering Florence's songs as deliciously badly as Flo did. Result: Meryl is a shoo-in for her 20th Oscar nomination."
"Schütte's portrait of an avant-garde icon and iconoclast comprises concert footage and interviews over the years, including one by a state trooper, in which Zappa provides irreverent, articulate, deadpan answers to all questions."
Suicide Squad (2016)
Café Society (2016)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)
Lights Out (2016)
"It's no classic at its longer length, but for fans of the genre, Lights Out has its moments as a cling-to-your-date alternative to seeing yet another big budget, comic book-derived summer blockbuster."
The Infiltrator (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
The Muses of Bashevis Singer (2014)
"The Muses has a couple of distracting typos in its on-screen identifiers, but it's a fresh way to examine a master storyteller who died in 1991. He no longer can tell his own tale, but others can and do."
The Farewell Party (2015)