Born to Be Wild (2011) is a short but stunning, moving, immersive 3-D
nature film which puts you with elephants and orangutans.
Finding Dory is a nearly seamless sequel of the breakout Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo fish, with a message of love and acceptance.
Weiner-Dog is Todd Solondz's bright, stark, moving, funny and well-acted
tale of the lives of a pooch and her people.
Free State of Jones is Matthew McConaughey in a true racially integrated
Mississippi counter-rebellion vs. the Confederacy.
Warcraft is fun fantasy action based on a video game with CGI 3-D characters
who play as well as new Planet of the apes.
The Shallows (2016) is Blake Lively in a surfer's 127 Hours against
nature and the jaws of the creatures of the deep.
Swiss Army Man is the absurdist friendship of a "castaway" (Paul Dano) and
a mooning erect farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe).
Love & Friendship (2016) is Whit Stillman's sharp tale from Jane Austen's
Lady Susan with Kate Beckinsale's best role.
The Nice Guys (2016) is Shane Black's amusing mess of a 1977-set L.A.
detective movie with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
The Lobster is a funny, quotable fable of love and society, but with quite
unsubtle metaphors, still watchable, amusing.
Zootopia is an okay 3-D Disney anti-Trump fable about community,
prejudice and political manipulation of fear and hate.
Captain America: Civil War is the new Marvel installment, a bit
installment-y but also pretty nailed down and enjoyable.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a better-than-generally-reviewed capper for an uneven
trilogy, fun to watch, all-around good X-Men.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) is a fine 3-D adventure of the perennial ape man
and English lord, with Margot Robbie sparks.
The BFG (2016) is Steven Spielberg's finely crafted, somewhat weak on
character 3-D CG version of Roald Dahl's fantasy book.
The Conjuring 2 is an okay one, mostly upping the storyline and avoiding
the turgid, boring feel of the first conjuring.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a pretty wooden, or embalmed
warmed-over retread of a fun, cheesy, semi-original original.
The Purge: Election Year is a silly and wretched prolongation of the
take-it-or-leave-it murder-thy-neighbor gore series.
The Neon Demon is Nicolas Winding Refn's Luis Buñuel's Star 80,
and if that sounds dumb, just wait. Not worthwhile.
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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