Wall Street Journal
"This film conveys a haunting sense of the Western world having lost its compass. Wisdom is fleeting, it tells us. The Amazon is fragile. The rocks and plants speak to us too, if we're willing to listen."
The Witch (2016)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
A War (Krigen) (2016)
Rams (Hrútar) (2016)
"For all its intrinsic Nordic absurdity, Chaplinesque pathos and unsettling use of vastness, writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's "Rams" is also a moving, deftly told tale about various kinds of loss."
The Club (El Club) (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
In The Shadow of Women (2016)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
The Finest Hours (2016)
"The drama is almost stillborn, thanks to a slow, deadly dull romantic preface, and it's subverted by incessant switching between spectacular struggles on the Atlantic and generic anxieties on shore."
Monster Hunt (2016)
"The film is far from perfect, but it's certainly ambitious, often entertaining and, compared to the feeble competition from new American films of the moment, a singing, dancing, stomping and chomping "Citizen Kane.""
A Perfect Day (2016)
"Watching it may make you anxious from start to finish, but that's exactly what it means to do. In an age of endemic anxiety, this peerlessly weird little film finds a new look-and a new sound-for feeling bad."
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Son of Saul (2015)
45 Years (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
"Only in America ... could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness that make "The Big Short" an improbable triumph."
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"Sorry to beat a dead whale, since "In the Heart of the Sea" clearly lacks whatever it takes to engage a contemporary audience, but what were they thinking when they put such a ponderous picture into production?"
The Flight Before Christmas (2015)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
"A Very Murray Christmas, a combination surrealist nightmare and Perry Como yuletide extravaganza with the aesthetics of a late-'80s cable-access art show, has all the makings of a Christmas perennial."
"It takes just the first few raunchy and emotionally searing minutes of "Bessie" to grasp why Queen Latifah-its star and one of its producers-viewed this story of Bessie Smith's life and career as a labor of love, or more precisely, passion. "
The Lady In The Van (2015)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)
"Loneliness and longing are at the center of these two women's lives, at least for a while, and they're expressed by nuance and implication in a pair of superb performances, and by a lovely evocation of the period."
"This sneaky shocker of a debut feature -- sneaky because it's so good at depicting the sisters' joyousness before, and even after, darkness descends -- was directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven from a script she wrote with Alice Winocour."
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
"Lucas has once again recycled the B movies of his youth: jungle movies, gangster movies, pirate movies, you name it. He culls bits from them that still have oomph and mounts them with a Sesame-Street zap."
"What I can't comprehend is why the political details had to be so tedious and abstract. Will the kids of our nation and the world truly be titillated by trade wars and the spectacle of a do-nothing Senate?"
Funny Bunny (2015)