The Hallow (The Woods) (2015)
"[Condemned] could have the twisted appeal of Cabin Fever, but by eschewing any sort of realistic character development, it fails to build any of that film's delicious tension and paranoia, leaving it with gore and goo and little else. "
Lone Survivor (2014)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
"The pacing is fast and to the point, and even when the plots feel familiar, the short films manage to either pull the rug out from underneath us or just simply execute the stories with such a high level of skill, we don't mind the familiarity. "
The Final Girls (2015)
"With its localized demonic outbreak, Deathgasm plays a bit like Demons or Evil Dead, but with the energetic, lighthearted appeal (and splattery gore) of Dead Alive and the clueless fanboy heroism of Wayne's World or even Beavis and Butthead. "
"Perfect viewing for either Christmas or Halloween, A Christmas Horror Story is easily one of the best Christmas-themed horror movies in recent memory, ranking up there with foreign fare Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and Saint Nick. "
It Follows (2015)
Pay the Ghost (2015)
The Green Inferno (2015)
"Great film with few flaws. Though I didn't realise that one of the few people to die on the mountain was even in the film until the last scene of the movie. Perhaps a bit more time on some of the supporting cast would have helped. "
Some Kind of Hate (2015)
The Martian (2015)
Sinister 2 (2015)
The Gift (2015)
The Vatican Tapes (2015)
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
The Boy (2015)
The Visit (2015)
Z For Zachariah (2015)
No Escape (2015)
"No Escape isn't a hard-hitting drama about the uneasy relationships between local needs and international commerce: It's a geopolitical snuff film, where hundreds die before our eyes but wind up not mattering one bit. "
We Are Still Here (2015)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Cop Car (2015)
"Like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Night of the Hunter or the under-seen Undertow, Cop Car runs -- or, in this case, drives -- with the storytelling idea of innocent kids being caught up in less-than-innocent events, and goes to fascinating places. "
Fantastic Four (2015)
"Fantastic Four is trapped between the unique look of its iconic characters and the all-too-familiar storytelling structure of the modern superhero film; it's a $100-million movie that gets found sorely wanting in comparison to 50-cent comic books. "
"The latest in the Mission Impossible franchise suffers from having its impossible missions made lame by impossible product sourcing, imagined techno-fixes, and apparently endless resources despite Cruise's Hunt supposedly being on the run. "
"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. "