A Monster Calls is a beautiful and inspirational depiction of a young person's battle with grief - but that doesn't mean it's for every young person.
Fences struggles to make the leap from the stage to the big screen, but is kept afloat by the powerhouse performances of its leads.
Why Him? falls victim to its genre's clichés, but Cranston and Franco make for an entertaining odd couple comedic pairing.
Despite decent chemistry between the leads and a fascinating concept, Passengers is a bland, unsatisfying sci-fi story that fails to connect.
Sing is a narratively slight, but energetic animated musical romp that succeeds in staying light on its toes through its running time.
Assassin's Creed is a step in the right direction for video game movies but slick action and beautiful visuals are undercut by a hollow hero story.
Manchester by the Sea is an affecting examination of the grieving process, brought to life through strong direction and compelling performances.
A well-crafted and thoughtful story drives Rogue One - in a sandbox that provides a perfect blend of modern action and classic Star Wars style.
La La Land makes for Damien Chazelle's most technically-accomplished love letter to music yet, as well as the filmmaker's most poignant work.
Office Christmas Party is a decent studio comedy, but its entertaining parts do not add up to a cohesive whole.
Nocturnal Animals has style and ambition to spare, yet as a whole Tom Ford's dark psychological thriller rings hollow.
Bad Santa 2 is another late comedy sequel that fails to catch lightning in a bottle again with a poor script and weak characters.
Moana is a funny, heartfelt and richly-crafted hero's journey adventure that effectively puts a Disney spin on Southern Pacific culture.
Allied is most compelling as a dramatic spy thriller - less so as a sweeping romance that unfolds against the backdrop of WWII.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a well-intentioned misfire that cannot live up to its higher aspirations.
The Edge of Seventeen captures the spirit of classic John Hughes comedies - at the same time, refining and innovating Hughes' storytelling approach.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid Harry Potter series movie but often prioritizes setup over memorable drama or spellbinding action.
Moonlight is one of the most poignant, poetic and beautiful movies of the year.
Arrival is a smart tale of alien contact that boasts great visuals and performances, if also more brains than heart.
Trolls is solid, visually-stunning entertainment for kids with a positive message, but there isn't much there for adults.