The Founder (2017)
"A sly delight, a superbly crafted satire of mercantile, opportunist entrepreneurship, and with it, how the flow of commerce in the United States was compromised in service to scale since the 1950s. Michael Keaton is fully invested in his dynamic star turn"
A Monster Calls (2017)
100 Streets (2017)
"Can we speak of an "art-house programmer" in 2017 and not be entirely dismissive about it? Something that looks good, moves well across a large screen, rather than coming to your awareness as a "Recommended For You" icon? "
Patriots Day (2017)
"A superhero in his ability to be in every single location that matters... A teenage boy's savior fantasy: if only I am always in the right place at the right time, I will be the greatest hero my friends and family and my town has ever known! "
Live By Night (2017)
"Bugsy Malone... but without the bubble guns... Affleck tippy-toes to reach the top shelf where classic movie epics are kept but comes up with only "Once Upon A Time in Hahvad Yahd." (Or just maybe, "The Hatman.")"
The Fits (2016)
"With fleet features and darting eyes, Auteuil always excels at indicating fear, at capturing the quicksilver of thought. He applies those skills to wide-ranging use as events, and years, flicker past."
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
National Bird (2016)
"This romance of language is hyper-heightened intellectual discourse... but also supple and seductive. Often static, the images nonetheless glow from within, lustrous, in love with the speaker, more in love with the listener, face turned this way or that."
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
"Rosi moves in and out of stories. The pastoral life of the island is apart from the humanity crashing to the shore. The images he finds are bold, from the gentle to the dire. [H]ope is in limited supply,contrasting with the seawater that seems limitless. "
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
"Thought in action, ideas in motion and also the portrayal of a slippery, frightening slide down a rabbit hole of hurt... The story is what is true and what is false, and it's all true and it's all false... Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. "
Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016)
"The casually bravura action scenes, generous with vehicle-on-vehicle action, are punchy and kinetic, far more engrossing than the thriller plotting. Lam's knack for filling the widescreen frame with eye candy is as sturdy as ever. "
Always Shine (2016)
Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)
"There's a screwball complication that draws out the class differences between the boys, but their hate-love bonding comes from beating each other up, a two-boy fight club... The brute mix of emotion and sensation suits the confusion of their age."
Spa Night (2016)
Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)
"An approach that once seemed like contrived creature wrangling and anthropomorphizing voyeurism looks sleek, sometimes majestic, smack in the center of the age of "cute overload" Twitter and "Bodega Cats Of Instagram." "
"Brightly colored, boldly played, serves up inspired gags at the most unexpected moments alongside course after course of exquisite culinary joy. And even more toothsomely, food and ----ing are intricately aligned. "
The Love Witch (2016)
"Anna Biller's blissfully strange widescreen appropriation of the trappings of sexploitation, horror and high art, is a rubicund marvel, and a deadpan madhouse comedy... Biller's movie isn't beholden to influence, it's its own wild creature. "
Coming Through The Rye (2016)
"Naturalistic and deadpan, Burman's comedy always takes a viewer by surprise. Cinematographer Daniel Ortega's camerawork wonderfully establishes place and a sense of the vitality of Argentine street life. "
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"A jittery delight, an anxious, hyper-verbal, edge-of-panic coming-of-age comedy about small social fissures that abruptly erupt into emotional struggle... Steinfeld's poised intelligence is matched by a gift for comic alarm. "
"[A]ssured, savage comedy and it is shocking and thrilling and oh so funny... The reversals, the revelations of character, the implications of behavior, and yes, the level of behavioral authenticity, surprise again and again. "
"Rebecca Hall plays the twenty-nine-year-old career woman, and her performance is akin to what Campos does as a filmmaker, filled with fierce concentration, ambitious and scatty, present yet plainly preoccupied."
Do Not Resist (2016)
Gimme Danger (2016)
""I don't wanna belong to the glam people. I don't wanna belong to the hip-hop people, I don't wanna belong to any of it, I don't wanna belong to the TV people, alternative people, none of it, I don't wanna be a punk, I just wanna be." "
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
"Elemental yet expressionistic, Tower is an admirable attainment, a broadside from the solar plexus, and the powerhouse ending, partially narrated by Walter Cronkite commenting in the day, is magnificent. So much tenderness! So much humanity."
Disorder (Maryland) (2016)
"Alarmingly sensuous thriller. Her attention to sound is gripping, nailing the narrative to Vincent's point-of-view, the audience sharing his hyper-attentive subjectivity. The surfaces are chaotic and subterfuges compound. "
"Consider the thin and thick wallops of blue... Blue, blue, electric blue. Lazy blue. Electrified blue. Wash of water. Ice-blue buzz of fluorescence. Azul, azure, lapis lazuli, teal, turquoise, sea, seafoam, sky, cerulean, cobalt..."
Certain Women (2016)
"Yes, there is quiet, but there is calm within moments of stress and strain and trying just to keep it together through the day in a rural world where you still have to deal with other people... It all flows like cool, clear water. "
"singularly lived-in and reflected-upon essay film draws upon her 25-year career as one of the major forces in American documentary. From shot to shot... one of the most engrossing and inventive movies of the year, if not one of the year's greatest."
"The lovely, loving craft extends to gentle, haunting sound design: these worlds are both concrete and dreamy in Tseden's eye, geometrically exquisite yet filled with implications of wandering and wonder. "
The Last Film Festival (2016)
"The Last Film Festival runs ninety minutes. I wish I had run in the opposite direction with unseemly haste. (It bears no relationship to Hopper's fascinating excursion into the jungle, The Last Movie.)"
Command and Control (2016)
"Often less than compelling, lumbering even... In the small details, the huge determination, the teeming world of the canvases, the machinations of "CSI: Den Bosch" melt away, all the tidy journalism is immaterial, the up-close examination... transfixes. "
Paraiso perdido (2016)
Made in France (2016)