The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"Nate Parker's ambitious telling of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt is a timely movie; it's also a missed opportunity, a tepid tale hamstrung by Parker's limited experience and the constraints of biopic filmmaking."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"Lacking in the tongue-firmly-in-cheek melodrama that made Gone Girl such twisted fun, it telegraphs its handful of twists well before the halfway mark and then proceeds to drag itself to a half-hearted conclusion."
Blair Witch (2016)
"Scott and company have created tight little throwback to old-school sci-fi and horror movies about the dangers of playing God. It's still a gruesome potboiler at heart, but it's one that strikes some effective chords."
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Midnight Special (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Civil War's conflict is earned rather than contrived. It's the culmination of tense friendships and strained egos that Marvel has cultivated for years. The stakes feel real, which gives this comic book spectacle more heft than the genre usually deserves."
Knight of Cups (2016)
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
"Goodman is responsible for most of the film's tension. Over the years he's demonstrated a knack for playing likable and sinister, funny and serious, but not often all of those at once and rarely with the force he does here."
Triple 9 (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"J.J. Abrams keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace that keeps the viewer from overthinking it until after the credits roll, but not so brisk that we can't relax and enjoy the ride. And what a ride it is."
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
"The only time the movie comes to life (so to speak) is during its climax, when Victor succeeds in bringing his creation to life and must deal with the subsequent rampage... After slogging through 100 minutes of tedium to get there, it's hard to care."
The Walk (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
The Martian (2015)
American Ultra (2015)
"The idea is sound -- stoners turn out to be super-agents and wackiness ensues -- but the passion is so lacking and the execution so slack that it feels like everyone involved wanted to be somewhere else."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
"It's a brisk, smart, fun action comedy that takes the premise of the 1964-68 TV series, replaces the dated campiness with effortless cool, and dresses it in slick '60s period detail that makes Mad Men look amateurish in comparison."
Fantastic Four (2015)
"It starts off as an '80s-esque whiz kids sci-fi adventure, veers into some mild high-tech body horror thriller territory during the middle act, and then stumbles into an underdone generic comic book movie action climax."
"It does just enough to work. Perhaps low expectations contributed to my overall enjoyment of it-an understandable state of mind given recent Kevin James and Adam Sandler films-and it may be slight, but Pixels is admittedly fun."
"I'm not entirely convinced the character will mix well into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe when he inevitably starts to crossover into other superhero films, but as a standalone adventure, "Ant-Man" is undeniably entertaining."
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"[It] is the first of a planned trilogy; as such, it makes the same mistake as Amazing Spider-Man 2 and other over-confident blockbusters: It assumes that a sequel is a foregone conclusion and punting its loose ends downfield to be sorted out later."
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"So much of the movie feels like leftover unused vignettes from its predecessor strung together to feature length and tossed out for public consumption. It's like your favorite band got together one more time, and then spent the tour playing B-sides."
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Jurassic World (2015)