On the Surface

The Neon Demon showcases its director's superficial talents, for better or worse.


Finding Dory misses the spark of originality Pixar is capable of at its best.

Sleight Improvement

Now You See Me 2 dodges some of the original's infuriating problems.

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.

Where Are the Women?

A critic's year-long deep-dive into the way movies portray one half of humanity.
As a lifelong movie-lover and woman, I've had it with this state of affairs.

To Be Continued

Captain America: Civil War serves up fun and focuses on perpetuating the MCU brand.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, at this point, a self-perpetuating cycle.

Hardcore Values

Green Room packs a tense thriller with characters facing a truly edgy reality.
Green Room has gotten plenty of attention for Saulnier's chops at manufacturing pure, lowdown genre intensity

Going Bro

Richard Linklater affectionately skewers young dude-hood in Everybody Wants Some!!
On its most basic level, this is a "hang-out movie" in the spirit of Dazed and Confused, finding most of its charm and humor in the characters'

The Brand Necessities

The Jungle Book can't resist making an action-adventure tale kid-friendly.
What if Disney has taken the radical step of turning one of its animated classics into a flat-out action movie?

Nope-in' Letter

Demolition overflows with moments that never feel authentic.
Any one of a dozen individual culprits could be tabbed as Demolition's Moment of Nope

Citizenship Taste

City of Gold profiles a food writer as ambassador for the American Dream.
The sax-infused music that plays over this sequence makes it feel like something out of a gritty 1970s detective drama

Character Inaction

Terrence Malick's unique vision remains a very particular taste in Knight of Cups.
It's the story of a man—in this case, a Hollywood insider, who is apparently, at least according to the press notes, a screenwriter—at a crossroads.

The Long and the Short of It

Hello, My Name Is Doris adds humanity to a one-joke short film.
As Doris begins Facebook-stalking John to learn more about him...

Punching Down

In The Brothers Grimsby, the Sacha Baron Cohen who mocked small-mindedness is gone.
He now panders to those he once rightly mocked.

Beasts of One Notion

Zootopia depends entirely on its well-intentioned allegory about prejudice.
Spoiler alert: Zootopia is about prejudice, and how prejudice is bad.

Feel-Good Formula

Eddie the Eagle aims for little more than every underdog-story bullet point.
You'd better deliver them with some pizzazz. Instead, we get:


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