National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
"Endlessly quotable, populated by endearing and unique characters, and blessed with a great score that mixes Elmer Bernstein's orchestral maneuvers with catchy oldies, this riotous comedy has lost none of its appeal over the years. "
"This isn't the best of the M:I films, as it fails to match the stylized sleekness of the first, the character dynamics of III or the needle-to-the-heart adrenaline charge of Ghost Protocol. But here's a franchise that manages to retain its freshness. "
Sunset Edge (2015)
"The movie is being pushed by its makers as "Hitchcockian," but that's hardly the case. If anything, the film's natural look, isolated setting and supernaturally tinged tale bring to mind The Blair Witch Project far more than any Hitchcock endeavor. "
Paper Towns (2015)
"With characters who are often as intricate and three-dimensional as an origami figure but a script that remains hopelessly paper-thin, Paper Towns is a disappointment coming on the heels of last summer's lovely weepie, The Fault in Our Stars. "
Vanilla Sky (2001)
The Killers (1946)
The Killers (1964)
"Second only to 1941's The Wolf Man as the greatest werewolf flick ever made, 1981's The Howling remains a high-water mark in lycanthrope cinema. That's why the very existence of this wretched movie is so depressing. "
The Black Stallion (1979)
"The first half of the picture, set on the desert island, is magnificent, lightly invoking the eerie stillness and spiritual ambience of Australian efforts like Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock. The second part is far more conventional. "
Old Gringo (1989)
A Month in the Country (1987)
The Best of Everything (1959)
"The Best of Everything earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Song (the title tune, warbled by Johnny Mathis) and Best Color Costume Design, though the real achievement is the splendiferous Cinemascope lensing by William C. Mellor. "
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
"A Christopher Guest-styled mockumentary about vampires sounds only a little less obvious and opportunistic than a "found-footage" feature about vampires, yet Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have managed to create a savvy satire that works beautifully. "
"Its length is felt toward the end, when it seems like it's going to be dragged out as interminably as a Peter Jackson Middle-earth saga. But any hemming and hawing is negated by the majority of the picture, which serves as a coming-out party for Schumer. "
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"Honors the Arthur Conan Doyle legacy as much as the engrossing BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch -- and certainly more than those daft action romps featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Indiana Holmes. "
"One of the central tragedies dissected in Amy is that Winehouse loved two vile, reprehensible men -- her father and her husband -- to such a degree that she allowed them to continually use her and abuse her. "
The Young Lions (1958)
"What's most impressive about Dean Martin's turn is that while his co-stars are Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, the era's most celebrated Method performers and among the cream of the Hollywood crop, he easily holds his own against this esteemed pair. "
The Night of the Generals (1967)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
"Less an exercise in stark horror and moody ambience -- the defining traits of the classic 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau -- and more a straightforward adventure yarn with a sci-fi bent. "
"My fondest memory involving Fled isn't in the film; it was the moment on Siskel & Ebert when Roger Ebert stated, 'I guess it sort of holds your attention while it's happening. I mean, something is moving on the screen, so you look to see what it is.' "
The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
State of Grace (1990)
"It's (mob) business as usual, elevated by some deft plotting and sharp dialogue from scripter Dennis McIntyre and forceful turns by all the principals, particularly Gary Oldman as a twitchy live wire who's fiercely loyal to friends and family. "
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The Fisher King (1991)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
"Neil Marshall's The Descent ranks as one of the best horror films of modern times, but the British writer-director already had another grade-A monster movie under his belt before his breakthrough feature. "
Absolute Beginners (1986)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"It's sexy, it's stylish, it's well-paced, and it's unexpectedly pro-women, treating the female characters as respectfully as the male strippers do and reminding moviegoers that carnal pleasures aren't reserved only for the hot young thangs among us. "
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"It's a toss-up as to what reigns as the most risible element, from Arnie's Terminator being called the decidedly nonthreatening "Pops" to the casting of Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, whose chirpy demeanor makes this often feel like Teen Beach Terminator. "
Ted 2 (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
"In the immortal words of the great Mark Twain, reports of Pixar's death have been greatly exaggerated. ... Inside Out immediately establishes itself as one of the best animated films ever crafted by the studio. "
"Awkward dubbing of foreign actors, special effects that look like they cost a buck fifty, laughably earnest dialogue, wince-inducing comic relief from a dim-witted character -- if ever a film was made that deserved to be showcased on MST3K, it's this one. "
Jurassic World (2015)
I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)
The Rose (1979)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
"The notion that politics and religion make the worst bedfellows has never gone out of fashion -- the current pack of right-wing hyenas in Congress attest to that -- and this drama offers a peek at this oil-and-vinegar mix from a historical perspective. "
The Food of the Gods (1976)