You know how this works. A ton of movies were released in 2016, and these are film critic Adam Lubitow's picks for the cream of the crop
If you're at all familiar with the career of Paul Verhoeven, from the lurid eroticism of "Basic Instinct" to
the bloodsoaked violence of "RoboCop,"
you know that the filmmaker takes great pleasure in shocking his audience. Verhoeven's films have a nihilistic tinge, containing
layers of cruelty and inhumanity which the director often presents with a detached,
The very definition of crowd-pleasing, feel-good
entertainment, the stirring drama "Hidden Figures" celebrates the lives of
three black female mathematicians whose work was essential in the early days of NASA
A new year may have already started, but the films of 2016
will keep trickling into Rochester theaters throughout the next month. But while
they make their way here, I'm still catching up on the massive number of new
movies released over Christmas week (eight in total), including "Passengers,"
from director Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game").
An ambitiously vibrant, often dazzling pastiche of great
movie musicals, "La La Land" is practically impossible to dislike.
Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) are two L.A. actresses looking to reconnect and repair their friendship while on a weekend getaway to Big Sur, where festering personal and professional jealousies make for a tenser experience than either anticipated. Then things get weird, as the unnerving “Always Shine” descends into a slippery tale of fractured identity in the vein of “Persona” and “Mulholland Drive.”
With his first English-language feature, Chilean director Pablo Larraín ("No," "Neruda") mixes historical drama, character study, and moody tone poem with just a touch of camp in "Jackie," the filmmaker's intricate and enigmatic portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Examining the subjects of celebrity, politics, and the process of constructing history, the film isn't exactly a biopic.
first in a series of stand-alone, spin-off stories set in the Star Wars
universe, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is director Gareth Edwards's spin on
what a gritty war movie in that world might look like. Set just before "Star
Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope," the story explains exactly how blueprints for
the Galactic Empire's secret weapon, the Death Star, ended up in the hands of
the Rebel Alliance.