La La Land
Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Musical
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

None of Hollywood’s recent offerings has lifted me up with the potency and grace of "La La Land", one of the year’s most effervescent samples of pure entertainment.

Run Time: 2:17
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, ...

Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content, Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, ...

Emotionally and thematically, "Moonlight" addresses universal subjects, and its power comes as a result of our identification with the characters.

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As a dramatic thriller, it does what it needs to do to keep the audience involved and interested.

Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Jenny Zigrino

At its best, it feels like an echo of its predecessor. At its worst, it’s unfunny, crass, and uncomfortable (not in a good way).

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-23
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Ron Clements & John Musker
Cast: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jermaine Clement, Temeura Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk

If "Moana" seems like a throwback to the animated Disney films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s not a coincidence.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan

"Allied" probably isn’t prestigious enough to attract much Oscar buzz but it’s too good to be tossed into theaters without a publicity push.

Features some nice performances and contains some strong material but, as a whole, the movie is too slow and too long to really work.

With a smart, perceptive script and an arresting lead performance by Hailee Steinfeld, the film rises to the top of a crowded genre.

Represents an effective melding of visceral and intellectual filmmaking.