Live By Night (2017)
"Affleck falls prey to the occupational hazard of wanting to create his own myth, as he produces, directs, writes and stars in a flaccid screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime novel."
Mostly Sunny (2016)
20th Century Women (2017)
Monster Trucks (2017)
Patriots Day (2017)
"Did the real story all go down like this, and does it matter? The answers are "not exactly" and "probably not," since Patriots Day is meant as an ode to teamwork, civic pride and doing what a man's gotta do."
A Monster Calls (2017)
"The actors are steeped in the drama and mysticism of the moment, especially Garfield's stoic Rodrigues, who emerges as the central figure and also narrator of this journey into the unknown, both the physical and metaphysical."
Hidden Figures (2017)
La La Land (2016)
Why Him? (2016)
Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"Rarely does a film plotting the Internet amount to much more than a series of glowing screens. Lion, a fact-based story and auspicious feature debut by Garth Davis, makes for a captivating exception."
"What emerges is more serious docudrama: a fully rendered vision of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy lead performance by Portman. It's also one of the year's best movies."
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"A tiny bit of invention and a few good laughs emerge. Which is what you'd hope from a cast featuring some of the funniest actors around, among them Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Corddry, T.J. Miller and Jillian Bell."
Sugar Mountain (2016)
Sadie's Last Days on Earth (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
"It's a familiar and semi-depressing tale. But Caron has a host of tricks up his sleeve, starting with Tierney as Dash, a lovable loser in love who has our sympathy even as he makes one damn misstep after another."
The Other Half (2016)
"Klein creates a mood of tension, foreboding and sombre reflection through occasional moments of slo-mo and camera work that blurs reality. His literate script offers no easy resolution, only the faint hope that love can rescue two lost souls."
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Celtic Soul (2016)
Anatomy of Violence (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
"Evocatively lensed but clumsily staged, this is a movie at war with itself, although it's not until Beatty shows up as eccentric billionaire Hughes, about 30 minutes in and shrouded in half-light, that the battle is apparent."
The Carer (2015)
"It's a tired formula. But saving graces come from two fine performances, the criminally underrated Brian Cox as high-maintenance Sir Michael and newcomer Coco Konig as Dorottya, who's plucky, compassionate and wise."
London Road (2016)
"What starts out like a documentary soon morphs into something quite odd but strangely compelling, a social commentary of sorts about everyday people confronting a shocking and monstrous reality close to home."
Bleed For This (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"While teenage tropes are dutifully checked off - the love triangle, the makeover, the party gone wrong - there's originality to Nadine's lonely quest to find her place, only to ultimately learn she's not alone in being all alone."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
"Fantastic Beasts offers a good intro to Potter-iffic times ahead, some of them suitably creepy (note the parental guidance rating) as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald threatens to bring his evil doings across the Pond from Europe."
The Age of Consequences (2016)
Almost Christmas (2016)