Live By Night (2017)
"A handsome production shot in gorgeous fashion. But like Affleck's Joe Coughlin - the empty center of this soulless film - it never commits to its most promising elements, never stays in one place, never develops a rhythm."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"The most textured, emotionally complex screenplay of the year, by some distance. Lonergan's filmmaking redefines epic. He has found something big and universal in the small, specific characters he shows us at hauntingly close proximity."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"For this lived-in universe, Rogue One features some distinctly CGI distractions: revisiting classic characters and resuscitating them 2016-style. It's crude and unnecessary in a film that's otherwise fairly sturdy, if unremarkable."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
American Honey (2016)
De Palma (2016)
Blair Witch (2016)
"... lightning doesn't strike twice in movies, and, paradoxically, the best audience this Blair Witch can hope for is one that its predecessor ensured doesn't exist anymore: people who have never seen a found-footage horror flick."
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Marvel's response to superhero fatigue, then, is clear: Double-down on character and up the storytelling's short game as well as its long game. It's an old-fashioned strategy, and it absolutely works."
Green Room (2016)
"Gentry's script plays cleverly within the rules of the sandbox it creates, and its introduction of romantic themes and a fully believable relationship help, but Synchronicity doesn't quite get where it means to go."
The Witch (2016)
The Discoverers (2014)
A Cool Dry Place (1998)
American Movie (1999)
Genghis Blues (2000)
The Third Miracle (1999)
Rules of Engagement (2000)
"Whereas a TV version of the same material might flounder, this slick, big-budget film works because there is legitimate doubt as to both the level of guilt of the accused and the outcome of the trial."
"The pairing of the director and actor invariably resulted in extraordinary creative collaborations. These men -- arrogant, ambitious, sadistic, fanatical, and in Kinski's case, probably insane -- certainly deserved each other."
Where the Money Is (2000)
The Virgin Suicides (2000)
The Filth and the Fury (2000)
"Despite a fairly intriguing first hour that captures the original film's leisurely pace and street-smart mood, what finally conks Shaft's afro is a third act that lacks a compelling, forward-moving plot."
The Perfect Storm (2000)