Little Wound's Warriors (2017)
"McClellan sticks largely to close-ups, letting the students weigh in on subjects from tribal culture to dysfunctional parents, from school spirit to suicide. Stunning aerial shots of the Badlands help illustrate how the Lakota find renewal and purpose."
They Call Us Monsters (2017)
"The project's genesis may seem opportunistic, yet it allows Lear to investigate the circumstances surrounding the teenagers' crimes, and their personal stories... raise vexing questions about how the justice system should treat teenage killers. "
Peter and the Farm (2016)
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)
The Founder (2017)
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
"The script teems with horror clichés (scribbled drawings, a creepy kid, the skeptical protagonist looking up the demon's origins on a library computer), and everything from the acting to the makeup to the special effects is atrocious."
Patriots Day (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
Cold Fever (1996)
Notes on Blindness (2016)
"English writer and theologian John Hull, who went blind in the early 1980s and kept an audio diary of his experience, is the subject of this thought-provoking film, which takes an unusual if not always successful approach to the documentary form."
A Monster Calls (2017)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016)
"This concise documentary focuses largely on his artistic partnership with Akira Kurosawa but includes enough about Japan's film industry and the star's charmed life to engross fans and casual viewers alike."
Homo Sapiens (2016)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Hidden Figures (2017)
"Garth Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser creates a child's perspective by setting the camera at the hero's eye level and conveys the grandeur of India through sweeping panoramic and overhead shots."
Why Him? (2016)
"Ostensibly we're supposed to like Pratt and Lawrence together, yet Pratt's character does something so unforgivable to Lawrence's at the outset that their ensuing interactions simmer with a mix of horror and disbelief."
Assassin's Creed (2016)
National Bird (2016)
La La Land (2016)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
A Stray (2016)
"Despite the touchy subject matter, Syeed avoids preaching and instead focuses on the protagonist's day-to-day struggle; the understated drama benefits also from Yoni Brook's crisp cinematography and Abdirahman's multifaceted performance."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"Except for a few jocose, fan-serving moments, the movie is a dour affair, lacking the charm and chills of J.J. Abrams's spirited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not to mention George Lucas's founding trilogy."
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"Natalie Portman is flawless as a string of pearls, and Peter Sarsgaard lends valuable support underplaying Robert Kennedy, but the ghoulishness of reenacting the assassination for the millionth time overwhelms the film's pretended merits."
Miss Sloane (2016)
Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)
"The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course."
Coming Through The Rye (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
"The film benefits from Zach Kuperstein's moody black-and-white cinematography and the stark compositions, but the unrelenting ugliness and senselessness of the piece negate its occasional touches of minimalist beauty. "
Always Shine (2016)
Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)