20th Century Women (2017)
Class Divide (2016)
"[Class Divide] bores into income disparity in an area where an elite private school and multi-million-dollar high-rise condominiums have gone up adjacent to poverty-stricken public-housing projects."
A Monster Calls (2017)
"A Monster Calls joins a rich trove of movies in which children process real-life ordeals by escaping into elaborate fantasies, which doesn't make director J.A. Bayona's film any less beautiful or haunting."
Patriots Day (2017)
"Washington's role is obviously meaty, and he plunges into it with a mix of swagger and vulnerability. But it's Davis, not surprisingly, who really shakes the rafters, in a performance tailor-made for her."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
La La Land (2016)
"As good as La La Land is throughout, the last act elevates the movie considerably. And while everything here has roots elsewhere, the way Chazelle strings these notes together somehow looks and sounds fresh and new."
Hairspray Live! (2016)
"Disney continues its animation roll with Moana, a seafaring quest that sails past its one rocky patch with visual brilliance and several Broadway-ready songs, the latter conjured in part by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda."
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them turns out to be a hyperbolic name for a pretty so-so movie -- one with entertaining passages, but which mostly feels like a big-budget prequel to the better, more cohesive film that's yet to come."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
"Hailee Steinfeld became a child star to watch in True Grit, and delivers on that promise in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age movie that owes a debt to John Hughes films but establishes its own voice for the selfie-and-sexting generation."
"Even if the movie's logic ultimately spirals down into a vortex of hysteria, horror and hokum, I enjoyed the bulldozer intensity of the climax, which barely keeps a lid on the crackpot cult movie that's wrestling for the soul of this... blockbuster."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"Hacksaw Ridge has something in common with Loving, another real-life story opening this week... in both instances it's the strength of the underlying narrative, more than the filmmaking, which does most of the heavy lifting."
Doctor Strange (2016)
Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)
"More notable for the stealth with which it was produced than its content, Michael Moore in TrumpLand is less a movie than a filmed concert by someone who is more accomplished as a showman than a stage performer."
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)
"Keeping Up With the Joneses is as blandly generic as its title, a comedy that telegraphs every beat with a one-sentence description of the premise and continues the cinematic squandering of Zach Galifianakis since The Hangover."
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"The flashback structure isn't wholly satisfying, and the climax leaves an abundance of questions, so much so that the movie might have benefited either from taking the time to further flesh those revelations out or stripping them down."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
For the Love of Spock (2016)
"Whatever its flaws, "For the Love of Spock" mostly works for those with an interest in the man or a love of the series. And if the director was perhaps too close to the subject, that, too, has a certain logic to it."
Jerry Maguire (1996)
"Cruise is very good in small moments with Dorothy's son, played charmingly by Jonathan Lipnicki, but in some of the bigger scenes his performance is so wrong-headed you can't imagine what he was thinking."
Southside With You (2016)
"Nicely conveys a broader, more intimate portrait of the First Couple, the movie probably would have been enriched if Tanne hadn't hemmed himself in so much with the conceit and instead traced more of the early stages of their courtship."
"Ben-Hur has clearly been designed and marketed to feed the appetite for projects with a spiritual foundation. Beyond the merits of that concept, though, there's precious little to celebrate creatively speaking."
Suicide Squad (2016)
"Even credible efforts by Smith and especially Margot Robbie -- vamping it up as the apple of the Joker's eye, the sadistic Harley Quinn -- don't breathe life into the film frequently enough to give it much of a pulse."
"With so much discussion about the toxic influence of money on politics, Alexandra Pelosi's latest HBO documentary, "Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?," could hardly be better timed or more relevant."
Jason Bourne (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
"Granted, with all the galaxies at its disposal, and yet another TV series in dry dock, one might hope for a Star Trek movie with a bit more narrative heft. But in terms of delivering solid entertainment for its devoted base? Mission accomplished."
"After setting up the slightly revised premise, though, the movie pretty conspicuously runs out of gas about halfway through, yielding lapses where it doesn't scare up much of anything, most notably laughter."
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The BFG (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
"Already a heartthrob from "True Blood," Skarsgard doesn't shed his shirt right away, but when he finally does, it's a marvel of human engineering. For the most part the movie looks great too, barring a few moments where the CGI rather literally runs wild."
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
"Moreover, the movie keeps announcing over and over exactly how much time is left before the world gets destroyed. In practical terms, that simply reminds the audience that this two-hour exercise feels like a pretty long sit, despite its frenetic pacing."
Spice World (1998)
Finding Dory (2016)
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)