The New Republic
The Lobster (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Stubbornly refusing to take flight, "Keanu" is a likable action-comedy that never figures out how to be hilarious. The difference between pulling off a deft sketch and delivering a satisfying feature-length film has rarely felt so enormous."
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
Green Room (2016)
Sing Street (2016)
"The beguiling modesty of the film ends up being even more important than its music or incredibly likable characters. Like most of the bands it honors, "Sing Street" may be a bit disposable, but its electric emotions linger like a warm memory."
A Brief History of Time (1992)
The Wiz (1978)
"His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people."
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Hardcore Henry (2016)
The Boss (2016)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
"Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with insipid moral quandaries, this joyless slog isn't a superhero film so much as it is an excruciating therapy session with huge explosions and guys in capes."
Midnight Special (2016)
"Four films into his career, Jeff Nichols seems incapable of making a bad movie, or even an uninteresting one. At a time when most indie filmmakers gauge success by the speed of their graduation to Marvel blockbusters, he continues to forge his own path."
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
"The movie has plenty of terrible scenes but also three very, very funny ones. I laughed a lot during those three moments, sometimes rather guiltily, but barely managed more than a chuckle elsewhere."
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
"Tina Fey grounds the movie in something real, something urgent and human, and she nearly single-handedly saves the movie from itself. The movie itself isn't particularly serious, but she sure as hell is."
London Has Fallen (2016)
""London" is deeply dumb, so anything offensive is more a byproduct of thoughtlessness than an act of willful intention. Still, Najafi's ambition to make an old-fashioned action flick means reverting to a bygone way of seeing America's place in the world."
Knight of Cups (2016)
"Terrence Malick's recent films are paintings that move, their swirl of ethereal images stirring visceral responses with an unexpected force that's unlike anybody else working today. But even visionaries get into ruts."
Gods Of Egypt (2016)
"An inversion of Lawrence of Arabia -- a film told from the perspective of Arab bedouins rather than colonial adventurers, a scrappy coming of age story rather than a grand tale of epic, colonial ambitions."
The Witch (2016)
Son of Saul (2015)
A War (Krigen) (2016)
"A War is the best possible title for Denmark's Oscar nominee, which, scrubbed of the patriotism and politics that define American war films, transcends the war in the Middle East to interrogate the struggle of all conflicted decisions."
"Deadpool is obnoxious and puerile and infantile and has an irritating meta tone so snide that it's constantly in danger of nullifying the entire movie -- and I still got a pretty big kick out of it."
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
"This is a perfect film for our mash-up/viral culture in which short, clever, easily digestible bits of entertainment are passed along giddily from friend to friend. But most shareable YouTube videos run a couple minutes. "Zombies" is much, much longer."
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Paris Blues (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
"A completely weird, off-kilter, bizarro-land version of a romantic comedy, writer/director Andrew Bujalski finally cracks the Broadcast News code moony filmmakers have been trying to break for three decades."
"This is about two people who didn't know what their lives were until they met each other, then scrambling, in their muted, buttoned-up way, to figure out what happens next. Haynes loves them so much that he believes they can. You will too."
The Tribe (2015)
"Concussion isn't angry enough for a polemic, and it isn't interesting enough to be an uplifting Hollywood message movie, which means it's just competent enough to fail on two separate, parallel fronts. "
The Hateful Eight (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)