San Francisco Examiner
The Founder (2017)
Live By Night (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"The down-to-earth quality of the human dynamics, which are completely absent of superhuman behavior, give the characters a credibility that allows audiences to believe their lives in these treacherous waters are at stake."
Hunter Gatherer (2016)
Hidden Figures (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
"Compromised by too many plot twists, Miss Sloane is not a searing condemnation of Capitol Hill politics nor a penetrating character portrait of an adrenaline-addicted power player. But it is a terrifically acted, electric thriller."
"Yet another film about the Kennedy family may seem like an eye-rolling prospect, but Pablo Larrain's "Jackie" is so painfully alive, so painstakingly intimate, it rises above such simple descriptions."
""Moana" sails straight and true, effortlessly, and with a great deal of joy and delight. It's perhaps not as clever or funny as this year's earlier Disney offering, "Zootopia," but it's wonderful in its own island way."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Directing, screenwriting, acting, cinematography and music combine superbly in the movie, which is based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney and has been compared to Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep."
The Accountant (2016)
""The Accountant" was written by Bill Dubuque, who also wrote "The Judge." Both have blandly predictable stories, but they also take time to draw interesting characters with full histories and emotional interactions. "
"The problem is that the story is set up with Lipstadt as its passionate heroine and driving moral force. Yet she's been buttoned up, which limits the emotional impact of a film that should be stirring."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Dressmaker (2016)
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
The Hollars (2016)
"Although the cast keeps things engaging, in an apparent attempt to offset the serious with the sunny, director John Krasinski sinks a potentially radiant thing by replacing true emotion with artificial sunshine."
Jason Bourne (2016)
"Herzog provides no shockers. The film is less penetrating, fascinating and affecting than his movies Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Still, he's incapable of being shallow or uninteresting."
Hell or High Water (2016)
"Sights of stones tumbling down a mountain, or of pilgrims dancing by a river, look spontaneous and extraordinary. Long takes and widescreen vistas poetically show a minute human presence traversing a vast natural landscape."
The Witness (2016)
Café Society (2016)
"The two perfrmers also nicely capture the regrets people have over roads and risks not taken. Allen, in the final scenes, handles this theme with grace and depth, ending the film on a unexpectedly moving and satisfying note."
From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)
Creative Control (2016)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Money Monster (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)