San Francisco Chronicle
Don't Think Twice (2016)
"There are many moments that don't ring true from a narrative standpoint, but they don't detract from the message: Improv is beautiful, difficult, delicate and fleeting, and its practitioners suffer for their art."
"Like the best wines and the best films, there's a complexity to the finish, so that it reverberates with meanings beyond the obvious. "Indignation" has the disconcerting quality of truth and is an altogether adult piece of work."
Bad Moms (2016)
"The women are game, at least. Kunis, Hahn and Kristen Bell form the movie's trio, and pry two or three laughs out of the script, but that amounts only to one each. They deserve better, and so do you."
For the Coyotes (2015)
"Documentarian Eric Daniel Metzgar joins forces with veteran Bay Area stage actors Josh Schell and James Carpenter, and they use their respective assets to the fullest, creating an intimate drama that blends their talents."
"Heder's purpose here is clearly worth exploring, and somewhere in all of this, there is a very powerful film. But moralizing can lead a director down the path of melodrama, and that's what keeps Tallulah from reaching its potential."
Jason Bourne (2016)
Breaking A Monster (2016)
Café Society (2016)
Lights Out (2016)
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"There are bright, busy "Star Trek" movies, full of wit and interest, and then there are "Star Trek" movies like this one, that are subdued and dark, as if imbued with the monotony of being stuck on a space ship for five long years."
Looking: The Movie (2016)
"As a film, Looking: The Movie is really just a long episode of the series. It isn't very well structured, is all talk and little drama, and bogs down halfway through because of the same insularity that made the second season pretty much a big shrug."
Captain Fantastic (2016)
"Mortensen finds a role here that capitalizes on his contradictions, on his air of resolve and his inner life of doubt, on his hardness and his reasonableness. It becomes the showcase for one of his best performances."
The Infiltrator (2016)
"The genuine success of The Infiltrator comes from the fact that Cranston seems to hate it, that his every second is full of dread and terror, and he can't wait for it to be over. And so he makes everyone in the audience a nervous wreck."
Life, Animated (2016)
Last Cab To Darwin (2016)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Zero Days (2016)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
The BFG (2016)
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
"There's not a lot of nuance or sense in the third "Purge" movie. But it still manages to coast on a combination of self-awareness, crowd-pleasing carnage and a plot that ties perfectly into current events."
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
"It's a documentary that for about one minute seems as though it's going to be as fey and quirky as its title. But far from a jolly little film about odd, harmless people, it's dark, weird and menacing."
The Neon Demon (2016)
Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015)
Les Cowboys (2016)
"It's John Ford's "The Searchers," French style, but director Thomas Bidegain has given the premise a unique flavor, crafting a fine, timely screenplay that skips over some years of the story but allows us to fill in the blanks."
Free State of Jones (2016)
"It will take more than an informative and engaging documentary on a pair of custom tailors to prevent another Orlando, but Suited makes a valuable contribution to understanding what it means to be transgender in the U.S. in 2016."
The Fits (2016)