God's Not Dead 2 (2016)
"Under the guise of well-meaning moralizing, "God's Not Dead 2" little by little reveals an ugly and distasteful hidden agenda, one that self-righteously goes against the movie's alleged messages of acceptance and religious freedom."
A Monster Calls (2017)
""Passengers" perhaps isn't all it could beone gets the sense there is a bolder, more courageous version somewhere in the ethersbut it is enough to satisfy as a slick, starry, occasionally thoughtful big-budget entertainment."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"For a lover of musical theater, "Sing" ought be a toe-tapping home run. Something feels oddly missing, though. It's not as fun as it should be. The singing may be in key, but the screenplay is out of tune."
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"Giddily ambitious but perhaps more bittersweet than some will be expecting, this melodic love story proves fanciful but rooted, emotionally, in a reality where happily ever afters are not certainties."
Army of One (2016)
"Exquisitely structured in surprising ways which only gradually reveal themselves, "Arrival" proves thoroughly mesmerizing. Conventional action is kept to a minimum, yet 2016 has scarcely seen such an exciting film. A hauntingly brilliant tour de force."
"Earns unintentional laughs time and again, but at a certain point it stops being funny and becomes offensive instead, frightening in its constitutional debasement and exploitative sideshow spectacle. It couldn't be any more un-American if it tried."
The Accountant (2016)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
"A commercial-minded disaster movie more so than a hard-hitting dive into the politics and repercussions of its centerpiece ordeal, but on those terms it certainly grabs and holds one's attention for the slick duration."
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
""The Light Between Oceans" is lushly shot and exquisitely acted. It's also elegiac bordering on stodgy, a soapy, workmanlike drama reminding of a 1990s-era BBC production at best and a network Movie of the Week at worst."
The Phenom (2016)
War Dogs (2016)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
"Fantastical and innovative, distinctively vivid and reflective, "Kubo and the Two Strings" is destined to deepen and beautify all the more with subsequent viewings. It is an exciting prospect to see what Laika will dream up next."
Sausage Party (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Bad Moms (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
""Star Trek Beyond" works, first and foremost, as a crowd-pleasing science-fiction adventure, but it is equally notable as a thoughtful rumination on embracing one's larger purpose and coming to terms with the temporariness of life."
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
"There isn't a single surprising development or unforeseen story turn in "Endgame," and yet, as a study in formulaic Screenwriting 101 filmmaking, it's really rather pleasant and sometimes surprisingly moving."
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)
The BFG (2016)
"As a fairy tale involving an unlikely cross-species friendship, "The BFG" is far from the instant classic "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is. The film has its pleasures all the same, and a wide-eyed earnestness."
Finding Dory (2016)
Kill Your Friends (2016)
"Saturates itself in nihilistic excess while presenting an uncompromisingly grim portrait of the recording industry. What is has to say, however, eventually grows stale as its narrative repetitively hits the same beats again and again."