Nocturnal Animals is Tom Ford's collisions of real life with art as an artist
(Amy Adams) reads her ex-husband's novel.
Loving (2016) is an affecting, well-acted drama of the love which ended
laws against interracial marriage in the U.S.
Moonlight (2016) is a beautiful film about growing up black, gay and poor
in Miami, loses some momentum near the end.
Manchester by the Sea is a fine, serious drama of couched grief for
Margaret (2011), Lonergan's wonderful masterpiece.
The Eagle Huntress is a beautiful incredible true doc of Aishol-pan, a young
Kazakh girl who becomes the Eagle Huntress.
Sully (2016) is Clint Eastwood's twirling spectacle of Chesley Sullenberger's
(Tom Hanks) water landing on the Hudson.
Doctor Strange (2016) is full of exciting sights and effects with Benedict
Cumberbatch as the comics doctor/mystic hero.
Arrival (2016) is a sci-fi movie about a linguist (Amy Adams) tasked to
translate messages from an advanced civilization.
Rules Don't Apply is Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie in which he,
Bening and Broderick are perfect while ingenues lag.
Bleed for This is Miles Teller strong as tenacious real-life boxer
Vinny "Paz" Pazienza, pretty good but slow in places.
Moana (2016) is Disney's Pacific Island tribute musical, the story
of a girl on a quest, with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an okay cinematic side trip
to Pottermore with a much-too-mumbly Eddie Redmayne.
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) is a teen movie with good performances,
funny lines and observations but a weak story.
Bad Santa 2 is ultimately a doomed trip back to the shallow well
of Bad Santa story and humor with a few real laughs.
Allied is digi-Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in a dry, non-gripping
WWII story of married secret agents, tangled webs.
The Girl on the Train (2016), with strong work by Emily Blunt, is a weak,
nonsensical thriller of cheating and violence.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is Ang Lee's strange adaptation of a novel
about a U.S. war hero's publicity tour of duty.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy featuring odd kids
who don't become real characters by the end.
Incarnate (2016) is good actors fighting a bad exorcist script in a movie
which moldered in a can, released for this tax year. NO STARS
Man Down (2016) is a bad, stupid, incomprehensible, annoyingly weird movie
about a U.S. Marine Afghanistan veteran going home. NO STARS
The Accountant, with Ben Affleck as an autistic person pushed into psychopathy,
is hands down the worst movie of 2016 so far. NO STARS
Kubo and the Two Strings is a ravishingly beautiful, enchantingly told
fantasy story of a Japanese boy with a family myth.
Hell or High Water is a high-quality dusty Texas bank-robbing action drama
with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
Hands of Stone is a serviceable yet creaky, derivative but okay biopic
of Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán.
Pete's Dragon (2016) is an entertaining, worthwhile fantasy remake of
the bemusing 1977 musical of Pete and his dragon.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a very funny, faithful, well-conceived
big screen version of the classic BBC t.v. show.
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.
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.
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