Christmas Stalkings

Holiday horror might be the most horrible subgenre.

Man and Wife

Simple, non-heroic love changes the world in Loving.

Female Troubles

The Edge of Seventeen overburdens its heroine with too many issues.

Two and a Half Men

Moonlight beautifully examines the intersection of sexuality and masculinity.
Living with a crack-addicted single mother (Naomie Harris), Chiron faces a struggle with basic survival.

Full Moral Jacket

A real-life war story is uncomfortably split in Hacksaw Ridge.
And are there ways to tell those stories that don't feel like something we've already seen in a much better version?

Symbol Minded

At least Inferno brings some goofiness to its absurd plot.
Well, Langdon wakes up in Florence hospital with amnesia in his brain and a high-tech medical vial in his pocket.

Fall Flicks

Our picks for the "awards season" movies most worth getting excited about.
Here are some of the titles we're most jazzed to see heading toward the end of 2016.

Making a Statement

American Honey offers a terrific slice of life, whenever it's not trying too hard.
You need to think long and hard before you start your film title with "American."

New Eyes

The story behind the story inevitably changes how you see The Birth of a Nation.
What had been the tale of self-financed passion project about incendiary real-life events became more about the events of Parker's own life

Real Disaster

Deepwater Horizon feels trapped between tragic facts and genre conventions.
And like melodrama of all kinds, they're about emotions writ large—love and hate, life and death—with little space for nuance or subtlety.

True West

The Magnificent Seven returns to much-needed territory of Western heroism.
The Magnificent Seven isn't even remaking something that was original itself, since John Sturges' 1960 film was an American re-telling of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Seven Samurai.

Scratch That

Bridget Jones's Baby feels almost proudly stuck in another era.
The joke is on movies employing obvious indicators that wacky things are afoot, but it's an idea that seems more like urban legend than reality.

The Parents Are All Wrong

What box-office results for 2016 family films tell us about the movies kids see.
In the case of kid-oriented films, the numbers depend on parents responding to their kids responding to that media campaign.

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!"


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