"Director Shyamalan really gets his mitts on you with this one: It's wild and suspenseful, and without his trademark trick of pulling the rug out from under you at the end with such a vigorous tug that you end up on your backside and not terribly amused."
"Lights can also stand as Fisher's tender, touching, typically rueful goodbye-to-all-that, a summing up of her life both at the heart of and somewhat off to the margins of a classic celebrity narrative."
Hidden Figures (2017)
"Deliberately paced but highly rewarding, Arrival ups its IQ with Jeremy Renner as a soulful physicist, gorgeous production design... and a poignant twist that brings the drama back to the human level."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
"Though not meant to be an episode in the great intergalactic narrative of the series of trilogies, Edwards' Rogue One is an enthralling companion piece that fully embodies the Star Wars spirit and delivers the rousing pleasures."
La La Land (2016)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"Writing this is making me sad all over again, so let's end by saying that the acting throughout is exceptional, and that Affleck is phenomenal: It's a black hole of a performance, and its pull is overpowering."
"The movie itself is a bit of a push-me-pull-you - a properly magical experience (the production design, including the animals, is enchanting) tugged in other, darker directions by Rowling's sometimes unwieldy screenplay."
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Any other actor in a high-collared burgundy cape and goatee would risk looking like a lounge magician. But Benedict Cumberbatch is so unmannered, so smart, so playful, he makes the title character...one of the best Marvel movie superheroes yet."
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Killing Reagan (2016)
Flowers in the Attic (2014)
"Flowers, both the book and the new movie, is completely absurd - if you want to gauge the absurdity, just know that one of the darkest secrets in the narrative involves a doughnut - but somehow also psychologically coherent. It has a grip."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
North Dallas Forty (1979)
Southside With You (2016)
"Sawyers is uncannily good as Obama while avoiding plain mimicry. He's the proverbial young man in a hurry, only too cool to let you see him sprint. Sumpter has the trickier, tougher role (the first lady probably knows the feeling). "
Howards End (1992)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
"Director Frears maintains a quick, frolicsome tone right up until the moment Florence receives her coup de grace, which he delivers with a bold, simple and unexpected shot that's something of a masterstroke."
Sausage Party (2016)
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Suicide Squad (2016)
"Arriving a mere five months after Batman v Superman, a DC Comics epic as vaultingly joylss as a memorial chapel in Valhalla, Suicide Squad at least has some rumbling, crunchy kick -- and, amid a sprawling, grungy cast, a terrific Margot Robbie."
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The BFG (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"The marvel of Dory, and of so many Pixar movies, is that the primal payload is securely delivered even as the plot gets crowded with vivid, scene-stealing characters and takes wildly inventive twists."
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)