True West

The Magnificent Seven returns to much-needed territory of Western heroism.

Scratch That

Bridget Jones's Baby feels almost proudly stuck in another era.

The Parents Are All Wrong

What box-office results for 2016 family films tell us about the movies kids see.

Another Boyhood

Morris from America offers a charming expatriate take on coming of age.
This is a slight, pleasant coming-of-age comedy, offering smiles and warm fuzzies

Boxer Rebellion

Hands of Stone can't carve out a distinctive space among boxing biopics.
Here's a relatively inexperienced Venezuelan filmmaker, with his first American theatrical feature release, inviting comparison with a classic.

Go Quest, Young Man

Kubo and the Two Strings celebrates the power of storytelling.
In the central plaza of a seaside Japanese village many years in the past, a young one-eyed boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) is surrounded by an enraptured audience.

Re-Pete Performance

Pete's Dragon makes for a charming improvement over the original.
Something interesting has happened with regard to Disney's remake of Pete's Dragon, or more precisely, something interesting hasn't happened: Nobody is crying bloody murder about it.

Villain the Blanks

DC tries too hard to play movie universe catch-up with Suicide Squad.
At the Hollywood premiere for Suicide Squad, writer/director David Ayer took up the rallying cry suggested by a fan in the audience, and let loose with a hearty, "Fuck Marvel!"

Bourne Again

Jason Bourne is back, but it's not clear why.
But it feels less black ops than old hat, like we've been here before.

A Load of Scrat

Ice Age: Collision Course continues a franchise only because it can.
Even though there have been far worse films in 2016, this one ate at my gut.

R We There Yet?

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is another "adult" comedy that could stand to grow up a little.
But how does this serve a comedy's ostensible goal of being, you know, funny?

Kid Stuff

Steven Spielberg's gifts shouldn't be taken for granted in The BFG.
The BFG may never be counted among Spielberg's greatest triumphs, but it shouldn't have to be, not when its own distinctive pleasures are just sitting there in front of you.

On the Surface

The Neon Demon showcases its director's superficial talents, for better or worse.
Whatever notions Refn might be flirting with about female beauty ain't exactly ground-breaking


Finding Dory misses the spark of originality Pixar is capable of at its best.
It's just hard not to realize how much more Pixar is capable of when they're not playing it safe.

Sleight Improvement

Now You See Me 2 dodges some of the original's infuriating problems.
Yet enough of the things that were painfully wrong in the original get fixed this time around that it's actually not a chore to sit through.

See Anthony Run

Weiner brilliantly captures both a specific and general political pathology.
New and freshly embarrassing photos of Weiner emerged, along with details that he had interacted with several women through a sex website

The Rule of Threes

X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't even try to be anything but more of the same.
A villain who wants to destroy everything. You know, just everything—but especially bridges and recognizable world landmarks.

Surprise Party

The Nice Guys shows off Shane Black's gift for keeping us on our toes.
Shane Black is that rare oddball who has made a successful decades-long career out of zigging when every script note says you should zag.


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