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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. "
BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
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)
" Adding to the appeal is the ability of [director] Lim and cinematographer Quyen Tran to make the Hawaiian landscape seem both beautiful and threatening, an element rarely seen in Hollywood's picture-postcard portrayals of the islands. "
Green Room (2016)
Sing Street (2016)
A Hologram for the King (2016)
" Starring Tom Hanks and directed and written by Tom Tykwer ( Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run), it veers from dark comedy to drama to buddy movie to romance without being particularly successful at any of them. "
The Jungle Book (2016)
"It's one of the few films in which the 3D enhancement is justified. Each scene captures the essence of each animal so vividly that children in the audience were reaching out to the screen to try to "touch" the fur. "
Midnight Special (2016)
City Of Gold (2016)
"For those who go to the movies to see coherent narratives, [this] is Hollywood's latest exercise in fan service...taking the usual screenplay ingredients of logic, reason and character motivation, tossing it all in a blender and filming the scraps. "
A War (Krigen) (2016)
Miracles from Heaven (2016)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
"Fey and the cast try to anchor Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which was shot in New Mexico, a not-entirely convincing double for Afghanistan. Despite everyone's best efforts, the end result is a war in which everyone - and especially the audience - loses. "
"On the surface, Zootopia is a witty, wondrous buddy-cop film... At a deeper level, the film allows parents to bring tough topics to the dining-room table, topics such as bullying, stereotyping and inclusiveness. "
Triple 9 (2016)
Fuller House: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
"It's not necessary to know every nuance of the original 1987-95 family sitcom to enjoy Fuller House... But longtime fans are certain to get more out of the show because they'll recognize every familiar face and get every inside joke. "
"Forsaken is a conventional...Western that, with the exception of a particular four-letter word, could have just easily been made in 1956 as 2016. But what saves it from being an extraneous exercise in genre worship are the persuasive performances. "
"There are reasons to wish that Race...offered a broader, deeper portrait of the man. Yet, as a celebration and evocation of a stunning moment in time, it's an engrossing and occasionally surprising take on an iconic event in sports history. "
" Deadpool succeeds where other irreverent send-ups of the genre failed... [But] the over-the-top mayhem, do-you-kiss-your-mother-with-that-mouth trash talk, and jokey cynicism can't stop [it] from hurtling toward predictability. "
Zoolander 2 (2016)
"As unnecessary sequels go, Zoolander 2 is relatively painless and generally amusing, and only occasionally strains for its punchlines - the climactic confrontation, in particular, tips from silliness into outright inanity. "
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
"Far better than Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at least gets the P&P part of the equation right...Yet the film is neither humorous enough to work as send-up, cutting enough to work as social commentary nor scary enough to work as horror. "
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)