Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
" 'Silence' is a slow meditation about the challenge and limits of faith. At times, the film feels like a theological debate, yet Scorsese creates an environment that takes you not only inside a feudal society, but into the souls of the Jesuits. ..."
Patriots Day (2017)
"(Director Peter Berg) also takes time to focus on the human toll of the tragedy - interweaving stories of those injured, the suffering they endured and their determination not to allow this calamity to ultimately define them."
Live By Night (2017)
Hidden Figures (2017)
A Monster Calls (2017)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"(Director Damien) Chazelle has interwoven the innocence and idealism that permeated films in the genre with a contemporary, albeit, realistic vibe that skirts cynicism without passing over the line."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
" 'Loving' is a gentle reminder that love is powerful enough to overcome even the greatest obstacles thrown up by a state ... and myopic people who are more interested in divisiveness than embracing the bonds that unite people - in marriage and in life."
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"The movie is slow, but not in a dull sense. It is a brainy, step-by-step primer on learning how to reach out and begin an exchange of ideas between two vastly different life forms in a peaceful and constructive manner."
Doctor Strange (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"Every aspect of this 118-minute movie is predictable. It feels like the script was written by a computer that had been fed a dozen other action-film scenarios, and it resulted in a film made of cobbled bits and pieces from each."
They Call Us Monsters (2017)
Bugs on the Menu (2016)
"Yes, watching someone devour a cooked spider may make you a little queasy now, but you may want to get used to the sight because it is a menu choice that, in a few years, may become a common occurrence."
The Accountant (2016)
American Honey (2016)
" 'American Honey' is a complex movie. Its subject matter is bleak and dark, yet the free-wheeling, optimistic spirit of the group keeps the movie grounded enough that some sunshine seeps in to give you hope for the future."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Hollars (2016)
"It is clear where director Oliver Stone stands. ... In "Snowden," he frames the former CIA and NSA employee as a patriot and idealist whose idealism is shattered as the extent of U.S. domestic-spying activities becomes clearer. ..."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
"Portman takes the film's title literally, offering some dreamlike imagery in the stories Fania tells Amos. But it also is filled with many dim and dreary sequences, as Portman uses a dark palette that seems to suck the life out of Fania."
Don't Think Twice (2016)
"A heavy air of desperation weighs on "Don't Think Twice." The troupe members all frantically seek validation, recognition and - most importantly - praise from each other, celebrities, students, family and audience members."
Southside With You (2016)
Hands of Stone (2016)
War Dogs (2016)
" 'War Dogs' is ordinary and bland. ... The absurdist edge needed to convey how an inexperienced pair of 20-somethings was able to win Pentagon contracts for millions of dollars to sell weapons and equipment to the military is totally missing."
Hell or High Water (2016)
Sausage Party (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Do Not Resist (2016)