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)
"The better the book, the worse the movie is a sad-but-true rule of thumb. And first-time director Ewan McGregor's calamitous take on Phillip Roth's Pulitzer-winning 1997 novel is awful enough to cement the rule in stone. "
"Barry Jenkins' game-changer about growing up black, gay and alienated in the Miami projects is both intimate and epic. It gets inside your head, makes you see the world with new eyes- and then it owns you. "
Little Sister (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
"Affleck plays a math wiz whose position on the autism spectrum allegedly makes him a perfect assassin. That notion is offensive on so many levels, especially in the service of such low-grade crime fiction, that it's painful to watch. "
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"Other films have taken on the blight of slavery, but Nate Parker throws the knockout punch as people are killed "for no reason but being black," a statement that gives Parker's landmark film the heat of a history that's still being written."
"The movie has been on ice awaiting release for over a year, owing to the bankruptcy of its studio. But some of the jokes were moldy long before that happened. Masterminds owes us our two hours back. "
" The film feels overstuffed, with Tim Burton repeating tricks from his greatest hits (think Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands). But stick with it just for those times when Burton flies high on his own peculiar genius. "
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
American Honey (2016)
The Dressmaker (2016)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
"Directed by the great Mira Nair, the film hits you like a shot in the heart. Nyong'o and Oyelowo are both extraordinary, giving newcomer Nalwanga a chance to shine as Phiona grows into her own woman."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Blair Witch (2016)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
Max Rose (2016)
White Girl (2016)
"Is there anything less shocking than a movie that thinks it's shocking? See White Girl if only for the all-stops-out performance of Morgan Saylor as a college student on the yellow brick road to cocaine and near-constant sexual debasement."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
The Hollars (2016)
Don't Breathe (2016)
"This is some weird, twisted s--t. Don't groan when I say Don't Breathe is a home-invasion thriller. Director Fede Alvarez is as good as it gets when it comes to playing with things that go bump in the night."
Southside With You (2016)
"Here's the date movie of the year, about a first 1989 date between Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). Both actors are terrific, suggesting the powerhouses they're playing without undue mimickry. "
Hands of Stone (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
War Dogs (2016)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
My King (Mon roi) (2016)
Disorder (Maryland) (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
Hell or High Water (2016)
Nine Lives (2016)
Little Men (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
"Who stole the soul of Suicide Squad? I'd say it's Ayer's willingness to go all limp-dick and compromise his hardcore action bona fides for a PG-13 crowdpleaser that would rather ingratiate than cut deep, or even cut at all. "
Into The Forest (2016)
"Rozema's minimalist approach pays dividends until a final third hobbled by overdone effects and a thrashing musical score. Too bad. The story being told on the faces of Page and Wood has eloquence and power. "