Patriots Day (2017)
"After dispensing with the sluggish setup of the film's first act, Berg shifts into high gear, powerfully evoking the feelings of dread and white-knuckle excitement that much of America no doubt felt as the manhunt progressed."
Monster Trucks (2017)
Live By Night (2017)
"Somber, well-judged and admirably ambitious, "Live by Night" nonetheless falls short of being essential, its familiar moving parts heading predictably toward a conclusion that feels mechanical and preordained."
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
"As a celebration of personal and social history, "20th Century Women" takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life."
A Monster Calls (2017)
Hidden Figures (2017)
"This movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny. Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population?"
Why Him? (2016)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Blood On The Mountain (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"Working together for the third time, Stone and Gosling quickly establish an easy rapport with one another, their surpassingly attractive physical features the perfect foils for Chazelle's aesthetic approach of naturalism and extreme stylization."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Hairspray Live! (2016)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Sword Master (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
"With the help of deft editing and a sometimes frantic electronic score, director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") turns this story of backroom machinations into a moderately entertaining thriller."
""Jackie" would have been an exceptionally smart, intriguing movie as an astutely conceived, well-crafted meditation on political mythmaking. In Larraín and Portman's hands, it becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent."
Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
"Shot in black-and-white video, the 76-minute horror film benefits from crisp, striking visuals that are well framed and moodily lit. But that's about all this absurd, illogical and underwhelming thriller has going for it."
The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
""Bad Santa 2" insults the intelligence and taste of the first film's audience by including all of the biliousness and vulgarity of the first film, but none - or precious little - of its scabrous joie de vivre."
Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"The dangerous sense of intrigue, potential betrayal and moral ambiguity - the very thing that keeps the film going for so long, and us on the edge of our seats - disappears, replaced by a slough of mawkishness ..."
"Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's moving HBO documentary Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, produced with help from the Boston Globe, can be viewed as a thoughtful study of the lessons of magnitude."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
National Bird (2016)
The Love Witch (2016)
I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)
""Elle" would be too clever by half - not to mention fatally offensive - were it not for Huppert, who in her portrayal of Michèle owns the movie from its opening moments to its bizarre, but not entirely surprising, denouement."
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"Snarky and sensitive in just the right measure, what initially looks like a glib exercise in adolescent mortification has the nerve to dig a little deeper. And it winds up mining a little bit of wisdom and compassion in the process."
Bleed For This (2016)
Almost Christmas (2016)