DoctorDoom has written 162 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    I'm going to be honest. I am completely baffled by the positive response to Nocturnal Animals. Often when my opinion lands on the opposite side of the spectrum, I can see the other side. Not with this one.

    The biggest problem that holds Nocturnal Animals back is that within the context of the film, nothing happens. Amy Adams, who is as uninteresting here as she could possibly be, spends the entire movie reading a novel, and the "action" of the…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    The idea of "music as liberation" is rarely encapsulated as well as it is in Sing Street. Not every emotional beat is conveyed via song, but the power of music as artistic expression is pervasive within every emotional moment.

    The plot is one that is rather familiar and fairly easy to follow, but the simplicity is to the film's advantage. The goal of our protagonist, Conor, to start a band to impress a girl he's only met once works perfectly…

  • Collateral Beauty

    Collateral Beauty

    It's difficult to imagine a worse film coming out this year than Collateral Beauty. A rare mixture of emotional manipulation, misguided sentimentality and awful craft in all aspects of the production, Collateral Beauty is the kind of colossal trainwreck that should theoretically destroy the careers of anyone associated with it.

    But the collateral damage of Collateral Beauty doesn't stop there, because it also affects the physical well-being of everyone who watches it. The film is immensely painful to sit through,…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    Is John Wick the second coming of action movies? No.
    Is it a pretty good action movie? Yes.

    I probably come in on the lower end on this particular film, but I want to stress that I do think it's good overall, if not quite the modern masterpiece that it often gets touted as. The stuff that makes John Wick so appealing is the atmosphere, Keanu Reeves, the action sequences and the "cool" factor of it all, and to be…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    Another day, another film that I clearly didn't get as much out of as seemingly everyone else. Manchester by the Sea is fine, but considering the insane amount of praise it's received, I don't think I should have walked out of it with barely any emotional engagement.

    Maybe it's the fact that the screenplay is so clearly a screenplay, in the manner that I can practically see the slug lines etched into the goddamn walls because of how artificially constructed…

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen

    Teenagers are hard to write. It's extremely difficult to make teenagers sound like teenagers when an adult is writing them. In this regard, The Edge of Seventeen is nothing short of a revelation.

    In a way that few other movies can match, The Edge of Seventeen has teenagers that speak and feel like real teenagers, and it's a wonderful thing to experience. The story is one that properly balances the pettiness and triviality of the teenage experience with the genuine…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    The original Harry Potter series went on as long as it did because the story being told was suitably grand and massive in scope. Fantastic Beasts, on the other hand, is exactly what it looked like, which is a cheap, poorly conceived cash-in that tries to extend the license as far as it can.

    Now, the Harry Potter universe is large enough that you could expand the franchise in the same way that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★★

    It's rather fitting that the point where Jackie turns from a great film into a transcendent one is with its final shot, which is nothing short of majestic. A movie about endings, to lives, to relationships, to legacies and to dreams that will never be, becomes its best during its own conclusion.

    Everything, both functionally and thematically, that comes beforehand filters into that final shot, and although everything works in its own place, all of the various facets of Jackie's…

  • Miss Sloane

    Miss Sloane

    It's kind of unavoidable that Miss Sloane feels a bit robbed of its impact given that it was clearly created with a particular political administration in mind, but that's also not really fair to hold against it. As it stands, Miss Sloane is pretty great.

    Telling the story of the eponymous lobbyist who consciously chooses to take the losing side of a gun control bill, Miss Sloane turns a series of political meetings and Senate hearings into a riveting game…

  • The Finest Hours

    The Finest Hours

    I feel like The Finest Hours is a bit too earnest for its own good. It shows up, does exactly what you think it will do, and goes home. Sure, it works, but it's not exactly a showstopper.

    To be fair, most of what the movie presents is perfectly serviceable, but it also never really rises above that level. The main plot is easy to follow, all of the major characters feel fleshed out enough for the story to function,…

  • The Salvation

    The Salvation

    I'm not really sure why this movie is called The Salvation. It was a revenge story, and there wasn't much of a salvation at all. Not exactly a good sign.

    The Salvation is the textbook definition of an unremarkable movie. It has a bunch of stars who don't get anything interesting to do, the plot is one that's been done a million times, and nothing about it stands out in any real way. There's nothing inherently wrong with using the…

  • Allied

    Allied

    Sometimes all a movie needs to work is a director who knows what he's doing, a pair of genuine movie stars, and a solid idea. Really, that's all that Allied has to work with, and it ends up working out rather well.

    A deliberate throwback to the wartime epics of the 50s and 60s, Allied is old-fashioned in so many ways that it almost feels like it just walked out of a rift in time. It's structured into two large…