Daily Telegraph (UK)
T2 Trainspotting (2017)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
"Diesel isn't quite 50 yet, and has very big arms, but we're still nearing Roger-Moore-in-A-View-to-a- Kill levels of barely dominating his own film: you feel sorry for the conspicuously agile stunt doubles who've had to shave all their hair off."
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)
Live By Night (2017)
"This is a cinema of no escape, and few if any actors will have to shoulder the same burden of expressive responsibility this year - yet the never-better Portman simply shines beneath it, giving a performance of mesmeric complexity and commitment."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Monster Trucks (2017)
Why Him? (2016)
"Hamburg's always reaching for poo-based humour in his more desperate moments - fully a third of his worst movie, Along Came Polly, was spent hanging out in loo cubicles with Ben Stiller's irritable bowels. Must we again?"
A Monster Calls (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
"For everyone who thought Dan Brown's conspiracy novels were just lacking a spot of parkour, Assassin's Creed might be your favourite film of the year. But for the clinically sane 99.9 percent of the rest of us, it's rather less exciting."
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Life, Animated (2016)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
"Feels like an excuse for a collection of Saturday Night Live skits broadly clumped into a wild end-times party romp. Aniston and Bateman, and several of their co-stars, mercifully know how to spike the punch."
Bleed For This (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
"This is a film where couples look like a million bucks in direct sunlight and five times that in shadow, and talk in that heightened movie-speak where every line feels like an airborne shuttlecock: playful, arcing, nimbly swatted."
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
"There's half an argument that this schlocky lowlife caper energises its director's visual imagination more than we've seen lately - hey, at least he's trying something - but it's not a juggling feat he can keep up all day."
Too Young to Die (2016)
"The film's riotous oddness occasionally teeters into a free-for-all, though it retains enough shape for a joke about a parakeet sending a text message to pay off more than an hour after it's set up."
American Pastoral (2016)
100 Streets (2017)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016)
"It's Herzog's uncertainty as a tourist in the field that gives the film its enticing charge, as surely as his wanderings in the Antarctic, or gropings in the dark to find the world's oldest cave paintings."
Ethel & Ernest (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
"Thankfully, amid all the film's wacky-trippy bending of space and time, [Cumberbatch] manages to steer an ideal path -- taking the role seriously but allowing himself to be flummoxed by it, wittily traumatised and taken off-guard."
Queen of Katwe (2016)
"We already know from his turn as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma that Oyelowo can be stirring in a statesmanlike role, but here he brings a similar kind of moral conviction to a far humbler underdog character."
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Free Fire (2017)