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The Founder (2017)
"Without Michael Keaton's fascinating and slyly ferocious performance as Kroc at its heart, The Founder might still be a biting critique of Kroc in particular and rapacious corporate capitalism in general but it wouldn't be nearly as delicious. "
"Having weathered the ups and downs of more than 20 years in Hollywood, Shyamalan proves he's still capable of delivering a harrowing thriller, one smartly of a piece with his cinematic past, yet standing on its own as a diverting experience."
Patriots Day (2017)
"Patriots Day lands with all the subtlety of one of the deadly explosions that claimed three lives and injured 264 others. Terrorism, bad. Law enforcement, first responders, marathon runners and onlookers, good...But, boy, it's effective."
Railroad Tigers (2017)
"It's not a complete waste of time as there are a few magical Chan moments as when he's fighting off and dodging bad guys on the top of a speeding train...Chan, at 62, may not be as nimble as he once was but what he can do is still very impressive."
"While the film is neither novel nor revolutionary, it's the kind of cinematic warm blanket that feels very comforting and satisfying right now...That it's a true story...makes it all the more affecting. "
Why Him? (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
Frank & Lola (2016)
Three Days in August (2016)
Man Down (2016)
"Moana pays homage to Pacific Islanders by introducing us to a strong female character unlike any we've seen in mainstream films - a hero who is both smart and sympathetic, strong and compassionate, independent yet belongs to a group. "
"Director Ang Lee has taken the very internal novel by Dallas author Ben Fountain - a work that tries to get into the head of an Iraq War soldier -- and opened it up into a surprisingly effective meditation on a soldier's homefront experience."
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
"Dog Eat Dog is at its best when it's both strangely fascinating and repellant...But, like a fat tire with a nail, it loses air as it goes along and you're just left hoping that Cage and Dafoe bought themselves something nice with their paychecks."
"Arrival is at its best when pregnant with the suspense of the possible, when the unidentified stationary objects bear no trace of their intentions. But the film becomes less intriguing as the story's direction moves from teasingly opaque to crystal-clear."
Gimme Danger (2016)
"Diehard Stooges fans likely won't come away from Gimme Danger having learned anything particularly revelatory...but as a celebration of artistic tenacity, Jarmusch's appreciation for the band and its music serves as a handsomely made valentine."
Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
"The documentary is frustratingly incomplete...Where [it] excels is at placing viewers within the maelstrom of hype whipped up by the British press, as well as in the frenzied global push behind the band's 1994 debut."
In a Valley of Violence (2016)
Girl Asleep (2016)
"At once a throwback to so many of the off-kilter Australian films of the '70s and '80s and a declaration of a promising new voice, Girl Asleep doesn't always hold together...But that's all part of the film's adventurous appeal."
American Honey (2016)
"But, even at its most obvious and ham-fisted, American Honey remains compelling, largely for Arnold's vividly verité, documentary-like cinematic style and a career-launching performance by Texan Sasha Lane who has never acted in a film before this."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
"As an effects-driven disaster movie starring two totems of testosterone - Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell - and directed by Peter Berg ( Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights), Deepwater Horizon is alarmingly effective."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Little Men (2016)
Tunnel (Teoneol) (2016)
"South Korean cinema contributed the summer's best action film with Train to Busan, a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller. Tunnel doesn't quite do the same for the disaster genre, but it's a well-made, suspenseful and surprisingly moving twist on a formula."
"The latest example of actor Daniel Radcliffe's attempt to de-Potterize his career, it's a well-made, suspenseful drama that takes a familiar story of infiltration - one based on real events - and makes it compelling."
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
"Relentlessly filthy and often jaw-droppingly funny, this creation bearing the prolific imprint of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is one of the most transgressive animated films to emerge from Hollywood in recent memory."
Hell or High Water (2016)
"Texas is as much a riveting character in [this] fascinating crime drama as the brothers turned bank robbers at its heart or the laconic lawman who coolly follows them across the sun-hardened landscape like a hunter on the trail of his next kill."
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
"If awards were handed out for the loudest movie of the year, Suicide Squad would be Schindler's List. But volume is not vision...while containing some entertaining performances, [it] turns out to be just another generic superhero action movie."
Bad Moms (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"Feels more like an elaborate TV episode than a cinematic event. But it's a comfortable film...in which the familiar faces don't go anywhere no man has gone before - boldly or otherwise - but they seem to be having a rousing good time anyway. "