Fabulous Films According to the Critics

Written by, Nanette Hamilton, Berkeley County Library System Technical Services Librarian

We all love a good book, but sometimes a fabulous film is just what the doctor ordered. If you are in need of some good ole fashioned screen therapy, we may have just what you need. Here are a few recommended films from New York Times now available in our library.

The Salesman (2017)

96% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.”

 7.9/10 IMDb

After their flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, Iran, must move into another apartment. Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to… wikipedia.org

  •  January 27, 2017
  •  PG-13
  •  Drama
  •  Asghar Farhadi
  •  124 mins

Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)

 97% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing — and bravely melancholy — story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.”

 7.8/10 IMDb

Young Kubo’s (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew… wikipedia.org

  •  August 19, 2016
  •  PG
  •  Adventure
  •  Travis Knight
  •  101 mins

Sully (2016)

 85% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.”

 7.5/10 IMDb

On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155… wikipedia.org

  •  September 9, 2016
  •  PG-13
  •  Biography
  •  Clint Eastwood
  •  96 mins

Queen of Katwe (2016)

93% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.”

 7.4/10 IMDb

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary… wikipedia.org

  •  September 30, 2016
  •  PG
  •  Biography
  •  Mira Nair
  •  124 mins

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

63% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton’s distinctive style, even if it’s on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.”

 6.7/10 IMDb

When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen… wikipedia.org

  •  September 30, 2016
  •  PG-13
  •  Adventure
  •  Tim Burton
  •  127 mins

Tower (2016)

100% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Tower probes into a painful chapter of American history with sensitivity and grace — and revisits its events from a valuable new perspective.”

 8.0/10 IMDb

On Aug. 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16… wikipedia.org

  •  March 13, 2016
  •  Animation
  •  Keith Maitland
  •  96 mins

Miss Hokusai (2015)

94% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Miss Hokusai illuminates the life and creative legacy of its brilliant subject with a beautifully animated biopic whose absorbing visuals are matched by its narrative grace.”

6.7/10 IMDb

The daughter of a famous artist is constantly overshadowed by him. wikipedia.org

  •  May 9, 2015
  •  PG-13
  •  Animation
  •  Stephanie ShehKeiichi Hara
  •  93 mins

Moonlight (2016)

98% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Moonlightuses one man’s story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.”

7.5/10 IMDb

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support, and love of the community that helps raise him.
Release dateOctober 21, 2016 (USA)
Box office65 million USD

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

82% Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes says: “Critics Consensus: Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise’s planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.”

6.1/10 IMDb

In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Release dateOctober 21, 2016 (USA)
Based onOuija; by Hasbro; Characters; by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White