The BFG (2016)
"Mostly, it works as a singular and slightly wobbly mash-up of two creative artists and their differing sensibilities, and it benefits greatly from the contributions of one brilliant actor and one little girl."
Unlocking the Cage (2016)
"It's a tricky narrative challenge to shift from inherently compelling wildlife scenes to abstract courtroom debate, but the film manages it capably, even spicing things up with one justice's admonition that Wise needs to cut his slavery analogies."
"Though his lighthearted tone has difficulties keeping up with each new sinister discovery, Farrier has exposed in the least likely setting the network of power and money that preys on the weak with impunity."
The Neon Demon (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
De Palma (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"There are terrific Pixar sequels ("Toy Story 2" and "3") and OK Pixar sequels ("Cars 2," "Monsters University"). "Finding Dory" is one of the terrific ones, if not quite up to the "Toy Story" standard."
Central Intelligence (2016)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
"A Jacques Audiard movie looks deceptively naturalistic, but it's as tightly coiled as a thriller and it hides allegories. Despite a controversial left-hand turn in the final moments, "Dheepan" is no exception."
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
"The fear is that Jones's storytelling smarts and aesthetic resourcefulness could wind up sacrificed to the chaos and overblown approach of a generic would-be blockbuster. Unfortunately, fear wins out."
Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016)
"Mascaro works much like his protagonist, gathering together details, images, and scenes to create unexpected visions. The narrative seems desultory and repetitive until it coalesces into some arresting, if not perverse, sequences."
The Final Master (2016)
Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)
Time To Choose (2016)
Me Before You (2016)
"Genial, silly, and instantly forgettable, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is just another piece of product from the larger "Saturday Night Live" universe, a way for a former cast member to try to prove he's capable of carrying a movie."
Maggie's Plan (2016)
The Dresser (2015)
Dark Horse (2016)
"The movie's a galvanizing, tragicomic work of 21st-century schadenfreude, marred only by a barely repressed giddiness on the part of the filmmakers. But why shouldn't they be dazzled by their good fortune?"
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
All the Way (2016)
The Lobster (2016)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Sunset Song (2016)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
No Home Movie (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Money Monster (2016)
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"Wheatley renders this breakdown of civilization in jaunty montages of assaults, orgies, murders, and mounds of garbage, images backed by music ranging from Portishead to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos."
Too Late (2016)
Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)
The Meddler (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"The filmmakers ... understand that they've built up a vast ensemble of character types, all of them played by better-than-average actors, and that they can mix and match the drama, comedy, or action as they see fit."
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)