Whatever small pleasures it may offer are wiped out by the frustrating sense of incompleteness that accompanies the arrival of the end credits.
A superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.
Represents two hours well-spent, especially for anyone with a fascination for complex characters.
Brilliantly scripted and powerfully acted and deserves to be seen by all who care about great performances and emotional impact.
"Fantastic Beasts" is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear.
A loving tribute in general to "Star Trek" and in particular to the man who gave more than half of his life to Spock.
"Finding Dory" is enjoyable in its own right even if its powerful sense of déjà vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations.
With expertly crafted high seas disaster sequences, "The Finest Hours" feels more like a summer spectacle than a winter throw-away.
There will be worse titles released in 2016 but mediocrity of this sort isn’t an inspired way to start the new year.