Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Monster Trucks (2017)
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
"This new Ken Loach landmark sums up everything that has kept his muckraking motor running for decades. An old-school social realist, the 80-year-old filmmaker again speaks up for the exploited lower classes,"
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
"A simply glorious Annette Bening (the Academy needs to that Best Actress nomination happen) leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills' semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in the age of 1970's feminism and punk rock."
Live By Night (2017)
"The feeling persists that the material would have cut deeper as a miniseries. Still, Affleck shines as a director of actors and action. The man knows how to create a haunting gangster noir worth getting lost in. "
Toni Erdmann (2016)
"If you're looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you'll find it in Maren Ade's German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously. "
Hidden Figures (2017)
"Adam Driver gives his loveliest, most lyrical performance in this Jim Jarmusch film-one of the year's best-that takes its good, sweet time working its way into your mind and heart. But when it does, you're a goner."
Assassin's Creed (2016)
" So what if philosophical depths are out of the film's reach, there's a seed of ambition in this one that suggests the transfer of a video game to the screen doesn't always have to be a suicide mission. And that's something."
A Monster Calls (2017)
Patriots Day (2017)
"Berg's unquestioning faith in law and order could have used, well, a little questioning. But this is a a raw, riveting, emotionally wrenching docudrama from Peter Berg and producer-star Mark Wahlberg. "
"No one with a genuine belief in the possibilities and mysteries of cinema would think of missing Silence. It's essential filmmaking from the church of Scorsese, a modern master who lives and breathes in the images he puts on screen."
Collateral Beauty (2016)
"It's near impossible to make a movie with no redeeming features - but this tearjerker hits the zero-stars jackpot, taking an all-star cast on a journey from absurd to zombified with frequent stops at pretentious."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Hairspray Live! (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"La La does nothing less than jolt the movie musical to life for the 21st century. You leave exhilarated by Damien Chazelle's nonstop inventiveness, dazzled by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and thrilled how they made movies magic again."
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
The Comedian (2017)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
"Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait.."
Miss Sloane (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
"The stabbing simplicity of Negga's acting is breathtaking. Jeff Nichols has given us a quietly devastating film that resonates for the here and now and marches to the cadences of history and the heart."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"Hacksaw Ridge is being touted as Gibson's comeback. Is it also an atonement? What's clear is that Gibson has made a film about family, faith, love and forgiveness all put to the test in an arena of violent conflict - a movie you don't want to miss."
Doctor Strange (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"Critics were snotty in 2012 when Cruise first played Reacher, because the 5'7" actor is not the six-five, 250-pound bruiser of Lee Child's novels. Get over it. The admirably defiant star brings his own agility and quick wit to the role. "
American Pastoral (2016)