"He seems to be attempting two paradoxical goals: a documentary about consumerism that is also a mock-documentary demonstrating that documentaries are fiction. It works superbly on both levels, but to what purpose?"
"It's like a CliffsNotes of a CliffsNotes of a melodrama. It's not so much that Menzel and Long are bad - they're consistently OK, if never better than that - but the story is too hollow for them to dig in."
The Founder (2017)
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Monster Trucks (2017)
"Stuffing your digital star under a vehicle's hood and around its undercarriage is a tricky visual sell, and Wedge's team struggles to make it work, save for fleeting bits such as Creech scaling an alley."
Live By Night (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
"The film is an appealing intermingling of Reynolds's old Hollywood sensibilities, including her storehouse of movie collectibles and her always-exquisite hair and makeup, and Fisher's gonzo, therapized, contemporary Hollywood wit."
Railroad Tigers (2017)
A Monster Calls (2017)
Hidden Figures (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Patriots Day (2017)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
"Seeing Smith go deep opposite Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and Edward Norton should be cause for excitement. It's frustrating that the impressive cast is instead squandered on far-fetched story developments and telegraphed pathos."
"Starting with a premise that a smart-aleck high school sophomore might take pride in, the film rallies late to make some points about patriarchy and female empowerment, but not before a barrage of clichés, tweeness, and inanity."
La La Land (2016)
"It's a film for those who feel a little out of step with the 21st century, as Mia does with her love of classic cinema and Sebastian does with his angry jazz certainty. A lot of us can relate. If you can't, we don't really want to hear about it."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"It offers more details of interoffice politics among the squabbling factions of both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance than probably anyone but a mid-level manager cares for. Yet you generally feel you're in good hands."
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
"Complementing Hansen-Love's deft writing and direction, Huppert transforms what might have been an unsympathetic role into a character who embodies universal anxieties, desires, weaknesses, and virtues."
Miss Sloane (2016)
"Chastain puts on the persona like it's a superhero costume. It is an awkward fit. Madden's stagy direction doesn't help ... nor does first-time writer Jonathan Perera's pseudo-Sorkinesque, exposition-laden, quippy dialogue."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
"This is not a well-made film but it is an enjoyable one, in part because it's genuinely unpredictable and in part because it's a pleasure to see one of the great stars of his era on a movie screen once more."
The Love Witch (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Bleed For This (2016)
"Teller is cornering a market on recklessness in the roles he chooses -- the energy from that demonic drum solo at the end of "Whiplash" seems to carry over into the ferocity with which Vinny pounds at life."
Almost Christmas (2016)
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
We Are X (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)