The Forest (2016)
"The film doesn't know if it wants to be an over-the-top, sensationalized shocker with cartoonishly evil villains... or a more realistic, gritty thriller with human characters, and the end result lies in a muddied, thrill-less, exasperating middle ground. "
" It leaves out the politics and lets us, the audience, get a vicarious thrill out transforming the worst day in someone's life into entertainment. Yes, American flags will flap in slow motion to a swelling musical score. "
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)