*As an emotional tour of the housing crisis, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes passes inspection, but as a drama it’s structurally unsound, increasingly relying on telegraphed melodrama to make its points.
*The palm-sweat intensity of Sicario feels like a triumph of brilliant actors and collaborators over a gaseous auteur.
*Directed by Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang, Coming Home is something of a return to his roots, a family drama seething with undertones of sociopolitical frustration, more reserved than his early work but with characteristic gushes of emotion.
*Despite getting dumped into Sacramento-area theaters without any advance notice, the raunchy rom-com (romch-com?) Sleeping with Other People is actually better than this summer’s lucrative and overhyped romch-com Trainwreck.
*Slick and surface-level and dreadfully well-intentioned, Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala rarely feels like anything more than a press junket in movie form.