Sacramento News & Review
"This grimly mindless shoot-'em-up is based on a 2011 French picture that was in turn inspired by American movies from The French Connection to Die Hard and Taken-in other words, this one is derivative two times over."
Live By Night (2017)
"Poetry is about taking the realities of your life and the complexities of your mind and heart and transforming them into something beautiful and pure, and that's exactly what Jarmusch does with Paterson. It's lovely stuff."
Monster Trucks (2017)
Hidden Figures (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
"The script by Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage is historically illiterate claptrap and Justin Kurzel's direction (if that's the right word) is just a murky, badly edited catalog of CGI clichés."
"The new stuff is dull and forgettable, while the oldies are dismissed after a few bars before we can even start tapping our feet, as if writer-director Garth Jennings can't wait to get on to the next pointless scene. And at 108 minutes, it's far too long."
A Monster Calls (2017)
"The filmmaking is fluid and patient and tasteful-in-a-good-way, and the images captured by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen convey a modern American mythology without resorting to sepia-toned shtick."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Why Him? (2016)
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
"There's a long tradition of making stuff up in documentaries, so while The Eagle Huntress satisfies in the style of a Disney adventure movie... the pat story arcs [will] definitely raise some eyebrows."
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"Two directors and six writers, and all they had to do was find an excuse for the kind of party scene that happens only in lame-brained movies like this. Is this the best they could come up with, really?"
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
"Chastain stomps around barking at everybody, while director John Madden and his cast (Sam Waterston, John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, etc.) struggle to bring all these glib stick figures to life."
Man Down (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"The transition isn't always smooth; the movie sags in the center as the songs grow sparse. But there are virtues, too -- chiefly the proven screen chemistry between Stone and Gosling. (Their song-and-dance chops aren't half-bad, either.)"
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"Affleck gives the sort of crumpled, seething, fully lived-in performance that De Niro and Pacino gave in their primes, and he gets strong support from Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Gretchen Mol."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Bleed For This (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"Directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn pepper the... musical numbers with splashy visual fripperies that underline and italicize the movie's cheerful sweetness, reminding us of the fertile symbiotic relationship between music and animation."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"It's an incredible tale, superbly told and finely acted by Teresa Palmer as Doss' wife, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths as his parents, Vince Vaughn as his platoon sergeant, and most of all by Garfield."
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Much of it takes place in the "Mirror Dimension," an eye-popping universe that M.C. Escher might have imagined if he'd worked with CGI. That, plus a strong story and stronger cast makes this a winner."
"There's nothing original in the content, and the band of survivors contains every zombie-apocalypse movie archetype imaginable, but it's such a fun, fast, tightly crafted genre film that you could care less."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"Brown's shallow bag of tricks is getting more outlandish even as his plot twists grow less and less surprising, but writer David Koepp, director Ron Howard and the European locations keep us amused."
Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
"Stylish and slick in the best sense of both words, it makes us welcome the idea of a franchise. (One is clearly intended.) J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow highlight a strong supporting cast."
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Max Steel (2016)