Newt Scamander does not have the charm or gravitas of Harry Potter, but Fantastic Beasts still proves to be an enthralling experience.Julian Roman
Director Mike Mills delivers 2016's most satisfying blend of true-life drama and comedy with the help of a pitch-perfect cast in 20th Century Women.Ryan Scott
Robert De Niro stars as an aging comedy legend trying to get back on his feet in the admirable but slightly uneven The Comedian.
Director Tim Sutton's drama inspired by the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings is a beautifully-shot film devoid of any cohesive story.
Amy Adams gets linguistic with a group of aliens in Arrival, an immediate Best Picture contender as awards season heats up.
Director Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield both deserve Oscars for their enthralling true-life war drama Hacksaw Ridge.Julian Roman
Marvel Studios raises its own bar with Doctor Strange, a rousing adventure with stunning visual effects and a perfect Benedict Cumberbatch.Julian Roman
Ron Howard's Inferno is an entirely illogical thriller that at no point managed to hold my interest, the worst of the Da Vinci Code sequels.Julian Roman
In a Valley of Violence is steeped in classic archetypes, with fantastic performances from Taissa Farmiga and John Travolta.Julian Roman
Ben Affleck's gun-toting CPA is painfully boring in The Accountant, lugging through a labyrinthine plot that is too obvious.Julian Roman
From Director Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden is a sumptuously artistic tale, exquisitely shot, that will leave you breathless.Julian Roman
In a time when race relations have become the hot button subject in an election year, The Birth of a Nation is a timely reminder of a deplorable shared history.Julian Roman
The Girl on the Train is a sensual ride worth taking, and features an outstanding Emily Blunt.Julian Roman
From the director of Napoleon Dynamite, Masterminds plays like a weak SNL sketch that goes on for a very long 90 minutes.Julian Roman
Pierce Brosnan has more than a few network issues in the techno-thriller I.T., delivering a parable for the modern age.Julian Roman
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a delightfully sinister fantasy from Tim Burton, but it looses steam near the end.Julian Roman