Latest Theatrical Reviews
There's a resonant motif in
that times have changed for the worst, but this dystopian world revives the humanity in these characters, a development that's all for the best.
A Cure For Wellness (2016)
Distinctive, invigorating creativity at work...far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we’ve resigned ourselves.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Makes the case for the
franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond...This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings.
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Full to bursting with Easter Eggs for longtime Batman fans...Zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that...will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animation.
The Space Between Us (2017)
Despite the multiple genres, The Space Between Us feels thin in its plot, and corny in the telling...
The Comedian (2016)
Surprise, this is a romantic comedy...this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down.
A Dog's Purpose (2017)
In this sort of
for dogs, a soulful, gender-confused, repeatedly reincarnated canine goes on a magical journey of Hollywood formula. Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure manipulation.
In its broader themes of 'selling a story' to investors and the blinding power of money,
has little new to offer, but in its particulars...finds deposits rich enough to make the trip worthwhile.
20th Century Women (2016)
Empathetic and self-searching...a highly witty, deeply humane look at people who may be too conscious for their own good, people who think and feel too much ever to be truly happy.
The Founder (2016)
Call it 'Big Mac-beth.'
also represents consummate filmmaking.
Patriots Day (2016)
'Terror bad. Boston strong.'
Hidden Figures (2016)
Could hardly be more historically important, culturally significant, or inspirational, and as a PG-rated film, it’s especially valuable as a STEM education boost for young girls.
A Monster Calls (2016)
There’s a simple power to the clean lines of Ness’ story, and it’s greatly amplified by the work of the actors.
Why Him? (2016)
Nothing if not formulaic, but it has its passing charms...Ultimately, the hacky plot (partly credited to Franco’s buddy Jonah Hill) is also too primal not to work...
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Despite its style points, fails to resonate on a higher octave than its low hum of dark doings, leaping around, and fisticuffs.
An American classic writ large.
The serviceable movie you make about this subject. But it does offer a little bit more, peeking through with an interesting insight every quarter-hour or so.
May not amount to much—a salute to theater and showmanship, a simple tale of self-empowerment and group spirit—but it is up with people, or, rather, animals in ways that will delight kids and adults alike.
What begins as an intriguing premise based on high-stakes “what if”s shrinks in imagination as the pair begins to face crises akin to a
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Chicken Poop for the Soul...
Rogue One (2016)
Will give die-hard
fans multiple orgasms...runneth over with
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Well, why don’t you just tell me what you think
Office Christmas Party
is about, and I’ll tell you if you’re right. Uh huh. Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah, you’ve got it.
Miss Sloane (2016)
[Not] a truly thoughtful and credible treatment of the unpleasant realities of Washington lobbying...[but] a hothouse melodrama that teases an ice queen’s meltdown while actually doing the hustle.
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody.
When it’s cooking,
prepares tender, slip-off-the-bone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
I have heard the cash cow moo...the sort of movie many will feel obliged to like more than they actually want to clamor right back onto the ride.
An easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history...replacing histrionics with a genuine curiosity about what it must have been like to live this story from the inside.
A science-fiction masterpiece that’s largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate...unexpectedly romantic and profound in its deeper concerns, by exploring the happy-sad nature of existence itself, of being born to die.
The Eagle Huntress (2016)
As a documentary, it’s only marginally more credible than
Nanook of the North
. So have we really come a long way, baby?
The Handmaiden (2016)
A conspicuously crafty tale...Park’s erotic thriller...with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes—never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands.
Certain Women (2016)
Reichardt in no way pushes her material, instead giving the viewer the space to live in this space with the characters, observe them and listen to them, and then draw one’s own conclusions about thematic import.
A Man Called Ove (2015)
Though Holm’s film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be
sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren’t necessarily bad things.
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot’s character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture.
The Accountant (2016)
The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film’s autistic characters pretty much sums it up: 'Heavy sigh.'
The Girl on the Train (2016)
A mental-health exploitation picture.
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Unsettlingly, Parker’s historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it’s history not to be forgotten, it’s also not to be mischaracterized.
Queen of Katwe (2016)
A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films,
Queen of Katwe
unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What’s thrilling is the story’s girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of 'astonishing power.'
Samberg’s jittery-nerdy energy comes through, and Stoller applies a level of taste and restraint to the film’s use of source music and amusingly awkward pauses.
The Dressmaker (2015)
Part slow-burn mother-daughter drama, part slow-burn suspense thriller, and part slow-burn romance, with a few twists for good measure as the town begins to come apart at the seams.
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