Certain Women is Kelly Reichardt's great, slow-paced, lightly interwoven
tales of three Montana lawyers and a ranchhand.
Queen of Katwe is Mira Nair's true story of Phiona, who rises to chess champ
from an impoverished urban slum in Uganda.
American Honey is the story of Star (Sasha Lane), a teen who leaves a
sad home life for a traveling magazine sales crew.
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.
Denial (2016) is a scholar using truth as her defense in a British
libel suit brought by a Holocaust-denier "historian."
Blair Witch (2016) is a fun sequel to two previous outings, updated,
cross-checked with the various stories around them.
Don't Breathe (2016) is a creative, pretty taut, suspenseful locked-house robbery
of a visually impaired veteran gone bad.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a prequel in name only to the 2014 Ouija outing,
superior to it, with some interesting stuff.
The Magnificent Seven (2016) is a rather uninvolving and unconvincing
Western remake of a remake of a remake of a remake.
The Girl on the Train (2016), with strong work by Emily Blunt, is a weak,
nonsensical thriller of cheating and violence.
The Birth of a Nation (2016) is a dramatized account of Nat Turner's 1831
slave rebellion, pasted on a Braveheart frame.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy featuring odd kids
who don't become real characters by the end.
Suicide Squad (2016) is a benighted nothing and nowhere DC Comics movie
about comic-book villains fighting threats, no story. 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
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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