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Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb) and Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) kiss among the garbage in Alex Cox's 1986 film "Sid and Nancy."

Class of 1986: ‘Sid and Nancy’

Not quite the imperfect perfection in which punk music so often traffics, but a film of appropriately piercing volume and knotty shape.
Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt star in "Allied," a 2016 Paramount Pictures release directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Allied

The most atypical Robert Zemeckis film yet — sacrificing his burnished gentleness and wowing spectacle for something gruff and grim but supremely entertaining.

Through reams of archival footage, A24's "Oasis: Supersonic" takes a look at the Britpop band fronted by brothers Noel (left) and Liam Gallagher.

Oasis: Supersonic

There are few rock 'n' roll flameouts more fascinating than Oasis, but this superficial documentary is too much champagne, not enough supernova.
Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

The worst movie Tom Cruise has ever made. Sadder still? He knows it, too.

Before he cracks heads, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) must crunch some numbers in "The Accountant," a 2016 action-drama from Warner Brothers.

The Accountant

"The Accountant" embraces icy reserve early before turning blowtorches of dull sentiment, clunky exposition, unsurprising surprises & illogical twists upon it.

Deepwater Horizon

A multimillion-dollar movie about mistakes made to hold onto one-millionth of a profit percentage, but it mostly finds value in the right places.

Stanley Tucci (center) and Tony Shalhoub (right) play bickering brothers running a restaurant — while busboy Cristiano (Marc Anthony) toils away — in 1996's "Big Night," a comedy drama from the Samuel Goldwyn Company.

Class of 1996: ‘Big Night’

A food film that also understands the push & pull, the pains & pleasures, and the insistent call of “the American dream” without speechifying or simplifying.
William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) contemplate clues to a murder in "The Name of the Rose," a 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel.

Class of 1986: ‘The Name of the Rose’

Umberto Eco's assessment of this movie is unkind, but his book hasn't been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.