A Bigger Splash (2016) is Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias
Schoenaerts in a lovely love/hate holiday triangle.
The Jungle Book (2016) is an amazing CGI version of Kipling's tale of
man cub Mowgli with the Disney soundtrack made new.
Elvis & Nixon is a funny, smart and well-acted story of the encounter
that made the famous all-American kitsch picture.
A Hologram for the King is Tom Tykwer's good, interestingly acted and
considered Tom Hanks movie of Dave Eggers's novel.
Love & Friendship (2016) is Whit Stillman's sharp tale from Jane Austen's
Lady Susan with Kate Beckinsale's best role.
Green Room (2016) is Jeremy Saulnier's brutal thriller of death in the woods
with classic screen couple Yelchin & Poots.
The Nice Guys (2016) is Shane Black's amusing mess of a 1977-set L.A.
detective movie with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
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.
Keanu is comedy duo Key and Peele's first feature, a fun send-up of multiple
movie genres in an action rescue of a kitten.
Eye in the Sky (2016) is an up-to-date drone thriller a bit too pat in its
conflicts and resolution, good acting from all.
10 Cloverfield Lane is two people trapped in a shelter with a strange
man who claims the air outside is contaminated.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is an okay jumble for comics nerds
reference-spotting, not much of a superhero movie.
The Huntsman: Winter's War is before and after the execrable
Snow White and the Huntsman, without Kristen Stewart, bad.
The Darkness (2016) is a cheap-o ripoff Exorcist/Poltergeist wad with
fake Southwest Native American mythology and autism. 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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