Provides a solid starting place for a series or, if the box office doesn’t warrant a continuation, an engaging stand-alone thriller.
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.
Another in a long line of movie adaptations of revered novels that lose something significant in their translation from page to screen.
Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma
This is a singularly powerful movie, without question one of 2016’s best.
Don’t bother venturing out to see the movie; stay home and play the game instead.
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).
Harrowing, compelling cinema - perhaps not as wrenching as "12 Years a Slave" but not far removed.
Run Time: 1:29
U.S. Release Date: 2016-09-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Horror
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry
"Blair Witch" seems more like a pale homage than a new chapter to the saga.
Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2016-09-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones
"Bridget Jones’s Baby" exceeds expectations and, as a result, makes us willing to forgive the delay in bringing the character back to theaters.
Unable to generate an honest emotional response, the filmmakers resort to cheap trickery and heart-string rending music.
"Deepwater Horizon" is structured not so much as a fictionalized chronicle of actual events as it is an old-fashioned disaster movie.
Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Mick Jackson
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius
It’s strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn’t trump meticulous examination.
There are times when the visuals are dazzling and dizzying but there’s also a sense that we’re watching something created on a computer as opposed to a genuine bending of reality.
With a smart, perceptive script and an arresting lead performance by Hailee Steinfeld, the film rises to the top of a crowded genre.
"Fantastic Beasts" is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear.
Brilliantly scripted and powerfully acted and deserves to be seen by all who care about great performances and emotional impact.
Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2017-01-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern
Represents two hours well-spent, especially for anyone with a fascination for complex characters.
"The Girl on the Train" doesn’t derail but it’s not the smoothest of rides.
Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence)
Genre: War/Drama
Director: Mel Gibson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Embraces many of the clichés of the war movie but, instead of laying them out in a rote fashion, the film synthesizes them into a visceral, ultimately inspirational result.
Run Time: 2:24
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-04
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Chan-wook Park
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Tae-Ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho
One of the best neo-Hitchcockian mystery/thrillers to have emerged from any country in any language during the last few years, if not longer.
Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2016-08-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham
It’s hard to argue with director David Mackenzie's approach because what he achieves is damn near perfect for this material.
Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell
An old-fashioned inspirational tale about the undertrodden overcoming.
Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu
Watchable but by no means worth the money and effort necessary to see it theatrically.
Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger
A jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad “character development”, and awful writing.
"Jackie" is more of a curiosity than a good film and, like Camelot, its impact is fleeting and nebulous.
Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Thriller
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt
A paint-by-numbers, creatively bankrupt “comedy” emerging from a studio system that has largely forgotten what it means to be genuinely funny.
Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Documentary
Director: Leslie Small, Tim Story
Cast: Kevin Hart
You probably don’t need a review to know whether this film will work for you.
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: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Pryanka Bose
Flaws aside, it’s an amazing tale of resilience and determination.
Not the best of its kind but aims to say something rather than merely satisfy by copious bloodletting.
Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon, Bill Camp
Although it could be argued that "Loving" does little more than bring life to a Wikipedia entry, it does so with tact and craftsmanship.
With two better versions of this story readily available, why bother with this mediocre re-telling?
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, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol
Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.
An awkward and unappealing mix of mismatched parts that doesn’t generate enough laughs to make it feel like anything other than a waste of 90 minutes.
A fresh and engaging storybook adventure that should appeal to viewers both inside and out of the core demographic.
As a dramatic thriller, it does what it needs to do to keep the audience involved and interested.
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.
Emotionally and thematically, "Moonlight" addresses universal subjects, and its power comes as a result of our identification with the characters.
Represents an effective melding of visceral and intellectual filmmaking.
Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
An odd movie but its central questions and dilemmas are compelling and there’s enough here of substance for the impressions to linger.
Run Time: 2:13
U.S. Release Date: 2017-01-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Melissa Benoist
The movie hits all the milestones although it perhaps tries too hard to be uplifting and inspirational.
As one of 2016’s most anticipated films, it doesn’t let down the legions who have been waiting for it.
Features some nice performances and contains some strong material but, as a whole, the movie is too slow and too long to really work.
Run Time: 2:41
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka
In "Silence", moments of brilliance punctuate an otherwise sluggish, self-indulgent narrative.
An ephemeral pleasure but a pleasure nonetheless.
Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2017-01-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley
The narrative is choppy, the tension is less pervasive than it should be, and there’s no ending.
Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2016-09-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Scenes of peril, profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn
Although not an Oscar-worthy endeavor, "Sully" proves to be by turns engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting.
Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: John Hamburg
Cast: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key
"Why Him?" contains its share of effective humor but suffers from malaises that infect many modern comedies.