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Brian has written 24 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2016.

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins


    Two very good performances (Grant & Helberg) in a very mediocre movie.

  • Pharos of Chaos

    Pharos of Chaos


    Fascinating and rambling and strange. Clearly everyone was too high to yell cut or edit a single piece of interview footage.

  • Moana



    More like Sosoana.

    I'm sorry.

    I'll see myself out.

  • The BFG

    The BFG


    Rylance is so, so, so, so great here but the movie is far too shapeless. It strikes me as something that never really could have worked as a loyal adaptation. In fact, this may be as good as it could have been, but not everything that works in one medium is bound to work in another.

    Still, Rylance.

  • Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

    Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four


    People are the worst. Especially dudes.

  • Zero Days

    Zero Days


    I'm looking forward to 2017's Alex Gibney's We're All Fucked.

  • Trolls



    Kind of like Cannibal! The Musical meets Cinderella meets American Idol.

    Any movie that can go from Simon & Garfunkel to Gorillaz is just strange enough to get a few points.

  • The Monster

    The Monster


    The monster was ... love.

  • Bad Moms

    Bad Moms


    Mila Kunis ably playing a suburban mom makes me feel older than anything in the history of time.

    Movie's OK. At one point, I thought it might literally just become montages of the three leads dancing and drinking to pop songs. Which would have been fine.

  • Supersonic



    Those Darn Gallaghers, this fall on TV Land

  • Central Intelligence

    Central Intelligence


    It's a shame this thing is so leadenly directed because Hart and Johnson are both great. I'd be all for them trying it again with a better script.

  • Westworld



    Yul Brynner is creepy.