Kubo and the Two Strings is a ravishingly beautiful, enchantingly told
fantasy story of a Japanese boy with a family myth.
Queen of Katwe is Mira Nair's true story of Phiona, who rises to chess champ
from an impoverished urban slum in Uganda.
Sully (2016) is Clint Eastwood's twirling spectacle of Chesley Sullenberger's
(Tom Hanks) water landing on the Hudson.
Snowden is Oliver Stone's life of NSA surveillance-secrets leaker
Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, quite good).
Deepwater Horizon is a tense, gripping, building true disaster story
of the huge 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil rig blowout.
Hell or High Water is a high-quality dusty Texas bank-robbing action drama
with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
Masterminds (2016), from the director of Napoleon Dynamite, is a
very funny comedy of a dumb true armored-car robbery.
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.
Blair Witch (2016) is a fun sequel to two previous outings, updated,
cross-checked with the various stories around them.
Star Trek Beyond is the third and a good new Star Trek adventure from
our friendly neighborhood Star Trek pocket universe.
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.
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.
The Dressmaker (2016) is Kate Winslet's Tilly's revenge in a movie
which can't walk the line between absurdity and drama.
The Magnificent Seven (2016) is a rather uninvolving and unconvincing
Western remake of a remake of a remake of a remake.
The Light Between Oceans is a pure and staid melodrama of an island
lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a lost baby.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy featuring odd kids
who don't become real characters by the end.
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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