"A spy adventure with champagne-fizz style and double-shot-of-scotch action sequences, Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation is a perfect demonstration that sequels can aim higher in places other than just the box office, and to everyone's benefit. "
"Vacation may not be the worst comedy of the summer -- Adam Sandler was busy, after all -- but it's a pretty lame, loud and lazy attempt to wring cash and cachet out of the dried-up husk of a movie from 30 years ago. "
"When you run the equation that made Pixels into a feature -- a 3-minute short about 8-bit creatures times 90 minutes and divided by a 2-bit script -- it's us who are on the losing side of this loud, boring game thanks to Sandler's smug smirk. "
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"This film pretends as if Terminator 3 and 4 never existed, it ignores the rules previously established in the Terminator Universe, and when you plot it out, none of it makes any sense. Boy, I sure did hate this movie. "
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"During the dancing sequences, women hurl dollar bills at our heroes; there are no corresponding shots of someone, anyone, picking it up. In Soderbergh's first film, the money is what matters-- which is why the first film is better than the 'fun' sequel. "
Jurassic World (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
"Inside Out is a neurological fable; it's a children's story about the soul; it's a bright comedy about our darkest feelings. The miracle isn't merely that it works; the miracle is that it works amazingly well. "
Madame Bovary (2015)
"Watching "Madame Bovary," you find yourself wishing that Barthes had done something, anything with Flaubert's novel other than slap it up on the screen as Wasikowska's less-than-enthralling and slow-paced journey from dissatisfaction to disaster. "
Jurassic World (2015)
"I can understand anyone who nitpicks Jurassic World -- Who does keep insuring this place? -- but I can't join in with them: Jurassic World is a hell of a ride, and maybe the most boldly knowing meta-fun summer sequel since Terminator 2. "
"Aloha is the kind of movie a name-brand director makes on their way to being a name-bland director; Crowe's the Tim Burton of twee romance, taking much of the shine off his past glories by recycling them into modern, middling mistakes. "
"I live in L.A.; if I want to see dumb dudes who don't deserve success enjoy being rich, I don't have to go to the movies, I can just go to brunch. And frankly, my going to brunch would have more conflict than Entourage. "
San Andreas (2015)
"San Andreas may CGI-shake the digital earth, but it's really stray bits inside a hollow shell, and the Dolby howl of the sound design is just to mask the empty rattle of the film, a flimsy shell filled with cliches and summer-dumb spectacle. "
"As busted-but-pretty inspirational sci-fi epics of the recent past go, I'll take Tomorrowland and its wacky, zippy action over Interstellar; Tomorrowland isn't that bad a place to visit, but it's hard to imagine wanting to live there. "
"Not a definitive story of Sesame Street, but it's a superb portrait of one of its longest residents, and a peek behind the scenes well worth taking for anyone who grew up with one of pop culture's most identifiable and most long-lived children's icons. "
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"Like the worst superhero movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron often feels like not-very-bright kids playing with action toys, holding them up by the ankles and making them fight or kiss or feud at whim and at length. "
The Age of Adaline (2015)
"A middling romance intended as counter-programming before a summer of world-savers and life-takers, The Age of Adaline is an adequate way to kill a few mortal hours in the theater for romance fans. "
Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)
"The CGI effects are sensational, teaming with the beautiful, landscape-rich cinematography to create some stunning imagery. It's a shame it feels underutilized with this script full of war clichés and unsympathetic characters. "
Ex Machina (2015)
"With uncommon intelligence and the even more uncommon ability to look without blinking, Garland's made the one of the best sci-fi films of the past several years, a wicked and wise parable of the near-now that's honed to a gleam. "
Furious 7 (2015)
Get Hard (2015)
"Get Hard is just smart enough and funny enough to make you realize that with a little actual effort it might have been much more funny. But why bother writing jokes or a plot when it's easier to talk about how much anal rape goes on in prison? "
The Gunman (2015)
"The Gunman simply doesn't work as either escapist entertainment or a serious political thriller; it may very well fire a thousand shots in its pursuit of action and excitement, but very few -- if any of them -- go the distance to the finale. "
Run All Night (2015)
" Compared to most action films, Run All Night is just fine; a little consideration and better writing might, just might, have elevated it above the pack of B-grade action films it resolutely strands itself in. "
It Follows (2015)
"With long-building fears and sudden shocks both in profusion, It Follows is one of the better horror films in recent memory precisely because it turns the border between the everyday and the supernatural into a knife-edge that cuts deep into your fears. "
Unfinished Business (2015)
"But I can't bring myself to hate Unfinished Business as it gives Vaughn, Franco et al. juuuuust enough funny stuff to do while being agreeably mediocre; it'd be like kicking a dog for its failure to be a cat. "
Girl House (2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Obsessed with money, willfully wrongheaded about sex and crippled by its own construction, Fifty Shades of Grey is too many kinds of awful to work as anything but accidental sociology: We get the smut we deserve. "
The Loft (2015)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"A swollen, strangulated film, a mad mishmash of the past 40 years in science fiction that has a half-wolf soldier played by Channing Tatum find and guard Mila Kunis' maid-turned-galactic-monarch Jupiter Jones. "
"Stale, strained and sadly dismal considering all parties involved, Mortdecai wants to be a globe-trotting roguish romp crossing the globe in a bespoke suit, but it feels more like a brandy-soaked nap in grandad's threadbare housecoat. "
Willow Creek (2014)
The Babadook (2014)
The Interview (2014)
"The Interview may be caught up in turmoil -- considering how smart it is about how dumb we can be when pop culture meets politics, that's pretty funny -- but it's also a funny, risky and well-done comedy far ahead of most of its studio peers. "
Big Eyes (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
"This film, like this franchise, was never going to be great ---- but if you can get into its gee-whiz vibe and its mix of stonefaced deadpans and serious slapstick, you're in for a movie you will appreciate and your kids will love. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
"So, yes, if you watch inherent Vice as a whodunnit, you'll be disappointed -- but if you watch not as a whodunnit but rather as a whahappened, it's a film that's both funny and freaky, a pitch-perfect portrait of a time that never was. "
Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)
"The Penguins of Madagascar doesn't have the high points of other animated films, they can't match it in one specific area: Sheer, chaotic comedy craziness right out of the classic old-school whack-with-a-frying-pan animation playbook. "
"Foxcatcher crystallizes Miller's technique and concerns the way a dip in the temperature turns free-flowing water into hard-edged ice, as great performances and skillful technique transform history and tragedy into strong, striking art. "
St. Vincent (2014)