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Matt has written 21 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2016.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★

    Not my favorite Scorsese. Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Assassin's Creed

    Assassin's Creed

    ★★★

    Probably not the best video game movie, and maybe not even the weirdest (cause hot damn there have been some weird-ass video game movies), but there’s definitely something here. I’m honestly still not sure what that something is, but I liked trying to find it.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    “It’s telling that Rogue One’s best character is a robot.

    For all the rumors about additional filmmakers being brought in to contribute to — or possibly even supervise — the first Star Wars spinoff’s reshoots and editing, Rogue One still feels like the work of Gareth Edwards, who also made 2014’s Godzilla reboot. Edwards, a VFX artist turned director, tends to make movies where the special effects feel more real than the flesh-and-blood human beings. Rogue One has a large human cast, but all of them pale in comparison to a wise-cracking droid.”

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★

    I must do everything in my power to make sure my daughter never meets Shia LaBeouf.

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    “The most common knock against Marvel’s cinematic universe? All their movies look the same. In a mega-franchise spanning 14 films and counting, that look can get pretty stale. For the most part, these movies about bravery are pretty timid when it comes to visual storytelling.

    Thankfully, no one is going to level that complaint against Doctor Strange, which is easily the studio’s most exciting spectacle to date. Its hero, a former surgeon turned butt-kicking wizard, spends a fair amount of…

  • The Accountant

    The Accountant

    ★★★

    Not terrible, but I would have liked it better if he had used more accounting-related puns when he killed people. “You know what I’m about to depreciate? Your life.” <BOOM>

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★

    Detailed thoughts in my review at ScreenCrush.

  • Hard Target 2

    Hard Target 2

    ★★★

    SPOILER ALERT: The real hard target... was love.

    Totally serviceable, with a good lead performance from the always reliable Adkins. Rhona Mitra made me laugh more than some entire comedies.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Can a movie’s title be a spoiler?

    I liked this fine, I guess. But I really wonder if I would have liked it more if it had been called Valencia or Bunker or Safe or John Goodman’s Happy Time Ranch or whatever. Calling it 10 Cloverfield Lane tips the movie’s hand. It’s the opposite of a red herring. It’s the whole game.

    Maybe the overwhelmingly positive reviews raised my expectations too high, but this didn’t really connect with me too…

  • Hardcore Henry

    Hardcore Henry

    ★★★

    I couldn’t make a lick of sense of the story. Sharlto Copley is so bad even by his standards that I think he might be making fun of himself and his tendency towards terrible accents. And it'd be nice if there was a single female presence that wasn’t a sex object or a damsel in distress (or both!). Still, the technical gusto on display is enough for me to give this a mild recommendation. There are some crazy shots in this thing. Cuh. Ray. Zee.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★

    Busting makes me feel mostly pretty good (at least until the final act).

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Central Intelligence

    Central Intelligence

    ★★★

    “These are the makings of a very good, very awkward comedy about getting older and coping with life’s expectations and disappointments. But for all the conflict between Hart and Johnson during their subsequent spy misadventures, their tension pales in comparison to the tension in the actual film between the generic and forgettable buddy action flick that springs from Calvin and Bob’s reunion and the more interesting story about their shared past and sad present that keeps trying to come to the surface.”

    Full review at ScreenCrush.