Wall Street Journal
The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017)
"What is The Crash about? First off, it's about Mr. Rappaport's ability to get his film produced, and hats off to him for that, since it couldn't have made much sense on paper and hasn't grown in coherence on screen."
"Even as a profile of a singular artist, though, this soft-focus documentary is missing an essential dimension -- a critical look at the intramural conflict and public controversy that flowed from its hero's reformist role."
Hidden Figures (2017)
"The film hews closely to the facts in important respects, and evokes the outrages of the Jim Crow era, as well as the feverish competition of the space race, through the fascinating work of its extraordinary heroines."
Live By Night (2017)
Toni Erdmann (2016)
By Sidney Lumet (2016)
"[Lumet] had come to understand how some in Hollywood had ended up cooperating with investigators and giving them names. A characteristically blunt assessment of reality-a kind of which this portrait is full, as it is of warmth and wit."
20th Century Women (2017)
Every Brilliant Thing (2016)
A Monster Calls (2017)
Patriots Day (2017)
"[Barry's] search for an identity is the ignition and combustion of the film. The exhaust, however, comes courtesy of Philip Morris. And the odor, like that surrounding the film itself, is of provocation in service of no cogent point."
"It will not come as a news flash that Mr. Washington is a movie star of the first rank... what he does here is both sizzling and subtle, a star performance that does equal justice to the play's poetry and kitchen-sink reality."
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"I'm hoping that La La Land will be a hit for the ages, for all ages. It's a film that re-enacts, with rare originality, a classic role for the movie medium -- escapist entertainment in troubled times."
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
"Mr. Patel's commanding presence is complemented by many others... Kidman has done fine work in her career, but nothing that quite matches the hypnotic story Sue tells of a vision she had when she was 12."
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Almost Christmas (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"Impassioned patriotism and religious conviction constitute the core of Hacksaw Ridge, a stirring -- and surpassingly violent -- dramatization of the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor."
Doctor Strange (2016)
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Into the Inferno (2016)
"Exhilaration and melancholy are dispensed in equal doses by Moonlight, destined to be one of the better-reviewed films of this year, and for good reason: It's a masterpiece -- an overused word, but not the wrong one."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
"Like a Victorian settee infested with vipers, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden mixes the elegant and the dangerous, the refined and the venomous; it affects refinement and crawls on its belly. It's also apt to bite."
Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"No, the movie can't escape its maelstrom of bad PR, and reviews aren't written in a vacuum either. But lest the point get lost, what Mr. Parker has committed to the screen is a righteously indignant, kinetic and well-acted film."
The Girl on the Train (2016)