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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. "
Café Society (2016)
"The film doesn't totally upend Allen's notion that L.A. is a seductively shallow place that has to resort to celebrating the ability to make a right turn on red to feel better about itself. In Café Society, it just looks so gorgeous while doing it."
Outlaws and Angels (2016)
"[Director] JT Mollner must have watched a lot of Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino...He shows off a more than passing knowledge of their love of violence and viscera. But he missed out on any of their humor, poetry and artistry in this... tedious slog."
"The nearly two-hour film is akin to many of those sketches that come on after "Weekend Update." You know the ones -- too-long, time-filler skits that seem to have been scrawled on the back of a pizza box in the writer's room five minutes before air time."
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"With all of the comedic stars, the film has a fair share of LOL moments. And while you won't find any revelatory insight into the mind of your pet, parents and children alike will fall for this fun, fast-paced furry tale."
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
"Has all the earmarks of an enjoyable...contemporary thriller: intrigue, exotic locales, evil Russians...a John le Carré pedigree, and Ewan McGregor looking frightened. Unfortunately, the predictable sum is less than its potentially entertaining parts."
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
The Phenom (2016)
"Written and directed by Noah Buschel, The Phenom may not be a home run for those in search of traditional peanuts and Cracker Jacks. But as an examination of a young man at a crossroads, it's a good day at the ballpark."
Free State of Jones (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"Another huge improvement from its predecessor is the animation, from the way the kelp sways in the ocean to Hank's camouflaging metamorphosis. The filmmakers provide a dynamic, colorful backdrop worthy of 3-D viewing."
Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016)
"Luis Guzman is an instantly recognizable character actor who deserves his shot at being the face of a film. It's just unfortunate that the film turns out to be the lethargic and rarely funny fish-out-of-American-water comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris."
"[A] fascinating documentary about a disgraced politician trying to claw his way back into the public's good graces, the media's obsession with titillation and confrontation, and a marriage seemingly near collapse under the shock of scandal."
The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)
"With the brighter, more optimistic and more conventional The Idol, [director Abu-Assad] doesn't completely abandon his particular point of view but channels it into a less confrontational and disturbing story."
"Crammed full of sly jokes and pitch-perfect song parodies (not to mention a staggering roster of surprise cameos), Popstar careens along, delivering far less abstract laughs than the trio's previous cinematic venture, 2007's Hot Rod."
"Director James Bobin duplicates the visually stunning world he inherited from Tim Burton, who helmed 2010's Alice in Wonderland. However, the meandering pacing and convoluted storytelling make for a lackluster tea party."
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
" It may be too much to ask for cinematic lightning to strike three times, as X-Men: Apocalypse, which has some exhilarating scenes, ultimately turns into the kind of lumbering, special-effects-laden spectacle that the previous films mostly avoided."
The Nice Guys (2016)
"This run-down, wood-paneled world of AMC Pacers and The Pina Colada Song makes an appropriate setting for this lightweight yet diverting action comedy that, aside from being too long, has the sense not to take itself too seriously."
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
"[It] takes an incredible true story - about an impoverished Indian man whose Jedi math skills helped him triumph over race, class and bad food in early 20th century England - and telescopes it into a well-made yet predictable tale of inspiration."
Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)
"What makes Kill Zone 2 remarkable is the head-pounding martial-arts action, a ballet of brutality that makes up in murderous choreography what it lacks in narrative cohesion. No one goes to a movie called Kill Zone 2 for plot anyway."
Money Monster (2016)
"Unfolding in real time, Money Monster hints at being a more taut, topical thriller than it turns out to be. While always compulsively watchable, and often surprisingly funny, it loses some of its steam once it becomes clear where it's going."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
" While it lacks the sense of surprise of [the last film], its mix of action, humor, effects, the introduction of a new character and the reintroduction of an old one strikes just the right tone for a film that is as much about marketing as moviemaking."
"Pitched as a sort of film Hollywood struggles to make in an age of endless sequels and franchise-building, Keanu draws upon a deep well of satire and dry wit, exploring race and gender in ways most blockbusters avoid altogether. "
Pali Road (2016)