Kubo and the Two Strings is a ravishingly beautiful, enchantingly told
fantasy story of a Japanese boy with a family myth.
Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) [Umi-gai Diary] is what happens
when three sisters in Japan adopt their half-sister.
Florence Foster Jenkins is a moving true story of a music-loving New York City
woman in the '40s and those who love her.
The Jungle Book (2016) is an amazing CGI version of Kipling's tale of man cub
Mowgli with the Disney soundtrack made new.
Finding Dory is a nearly seamless sequel of the breakout Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo fish, with a message of love and acceptance.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a genuinely earned, heartwarming comedy
of a New Zealand last-chance foster kid on the run.
Southside with You is the Obamas' "first date" as a gently revealing
character study, extremely well written and acted.
Hell or High Water is a high-quality dusty Texas bank-robbing action drama
with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
Jason Bourne: he tries to get out, but fictionalized Assange to Zuck
characters, CIA baddies keep pulling him back in!
Hands of Stone (2016) is a serviceable yet creaky, derivative but okay
biopic of Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán.
Anthropoid is a strong but not perfect drama of the assassination of Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich in WWII Czechoslovakia.
Café Society (2016) is Woody Allen's 1930s Hollywood/NYC story of true love
and compromise, hurt some by his narration.
Pete's Dragon (2016) is an entertaining, worthwhile fantasy remake of
the bemusing 1977 musical of Pete and his dragon.
Star Trek Beyond is the third and a good new Star Trek adventure from
our friendly neighborhood Star Trek pocket universe.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a very funny, faithful, well-conceived
big screen version of the classic BBC t.v. show.
Ben-Hur (2016) is a well-acted but wobbly version of the novel of an enslaved
Judean prince who meets Jesus of Nazareth.
The BFG (2016) is Steven Spielberg's finely crafted, somewhat weak on
character 3-D CG version of Roald Dahl's fantasy book.
Don't Breathe (2016) is a creative, pretty taut, suspenseful locked-house robbery
of a visually impaired veteran gone bad.
Indignation (2016) is an overearnest but well-acted version of Philip Roth's
great satirical novel of college, death and war.
War Dogs (2016) is a flattish-to-okay comedy based on a true story of
arms dealers for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bad Moms is a pretty funny raunchy comedy of moms who have had it
and go on strike or what but it makes them better or yo.
The Secret Life of Pets is a standard to blah animated animals-in-the-city
movie, sort of fun in places, not in others.
Ghostbusters (2016) is an unfocused update to the inspired original,
with chuckles, but pretty bad dialogue and story.
Nerve (2016) is about an online reality dare game which ensnares a reserved
teen (Emma Roberts), okay for a half an hour.
Captain Fantastic is full of heart and good acting which make it all
the more disappointing that it gets sappy and false.
Lights Out (2016) is a dumb, dumb, not scary movie, a waste of a
perfectly fine high concept for a horror monster tale.
Sausage Party is a weak animated food movie with many puns, silly swears
and graphic depictions of unappetizing food porn.
Suicide Squad (2016) is a benighted nothing and nowhere DC Comics movie
about comic-book villains fighting threats, no story. NO STARS
Steve Jobs (2015) is a fun, fascinating montage of scenes from the life
of the Apple co-founder and CEO (Michael Fassbender).
Grandma (2015) is Lily Tomlin great as a lesbian widow poet searching
with her granddaughter for cash for an abortion.
Black Mass is Johnny Depp in a straight, maybe a little too straightforward
docudrama of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Spectre (2015): Sam Mendes's sort of Batman-ized James Bond wraps up
with Sam Mendes's sort of The Dark Knight Rises.
The Good Dinosaur is an odd little alternate reality fable about a runtish
farm dinosaur and his pet boy. Lots of death.
Crimson Peak is a flimsily plotted ghost story with an unreliable narrator
but not as interesting as that might sound.
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