Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Best Of Enemies (2015)
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)
The End Of The Tour (2015)
"The filmmakers fail to convince us that the low-stakes, low-drama Wallace-Lipsky encounter required another telling; nor do they justify the decision to produce a blandly traditional film about a writer celebrated for his originality. "
"More impressive than the airplaine stunt is a beautifully choreographed and assembled cat-and-mouse game of assassins at the Vienna opera, which demonstrates that cunning filmmaking is the one 'special effect' that resists being superseded by CGI. "
Mr. Holmes (2015)
The Gift (2015)
"Begins as a familiar 'Cape Fear'-type suspenser but twists into an unusual psychological drama that challenges the viewer's presumptions while critiquing a me-first culture that rewards deception and bullying. "
Paper Towns (2015)
"This is a movie in which the foul-mouthed Kevin says he would be 'excited' to learn his older brother has AIDS. He also pulls a plastic bag over his brother's head to asphyxiate him, at least twice, and threatens to shoot his brother with a gun. "
"if the film lacks the unapologetic female-centric fierceness of her TV program it nonetheless establishes Schumer as a bona fide movie star, with a refreshingly sympathetic Everyperson appeal and an assured emotional range. "
When Marnie Was There (2015)
"Although it might be described as a kind of ghost story, 'When Marnie Was There' offers evidence of the Studio Ghibli belief that animation should not be restricted to tales of talking animals, one-eyed minions and other impossibilities "
Irrational Man (2015)
Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
"To paraphrase a politician in a campaign ad, I approve the film's message, which suggests that a chaotic but loving household is as likely as a disciplined environment to produce well-adjusted and (more important?) interesting, creative children. "
"It's part jukebox infomercial -- it's easy to imagine a TV ad showcasing the guitar rock of Baksei Cham Krong, the go-go bounce of Pen Ran and the velvet vocals of Sinn Sisamouth -- and part terrifying history lesson "
"Having established Bond as Death, the rest of 'Spectre' works to restore the secret agent's humanity. The result is the product of filmmakers who presume their thoughtful approach has elevated the franchise. I've never enjoyed a Bond film less. "
Inside Out (2015)
"Who are Joy, Sadness and the rest but the studio's animators, writers and other artists, excavating memories, implanting ideas and otherwise getting inside the moviegoer's head, to work the control board of the viewer's emotions with uncanny efficiency? "
The Pyramid (2014)
"Despite its 'found footage' presentation, this is an amusingly unpretentious genre exercise, more akin to the old-school monster movies, mummy's-curse chillers and gory body-count shockers of decades past than to the shaky-camera thrillers of today. "
The Overnight (2015)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"The awkward death-rictus grin that Schwarzenegger's heroic Terminator flashes when he wants to mimic the human emotion of happiness conveys a sense of labor rather than joy, and as such it's a perfect metaphor for the movie that contains it. "
Get Hard (2015)
"The movie wallows in stereotypes of race, class and culture, and cranks the male homosexual panic to 11; even so, it is often dumb-funny, and its satirical observations about income inequality and systemic racism are especially timely. "
"True to the first-person pronoun of its title, this is an ode to adolescent self-absorption, presented as a not entirely flattering depiction of Greg's self-centered and over-dramatized vision of his narrow teenage world. "
Saint Laurent (2015)
I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)
"Draped in fashionable scarves and radiating effortless charm, Danner is in every scene. Most viewers will be able to relate to the character she plays, but they also may wish both character and actress had been placed within a more challenging story. "
Jurassic World (2015)
The Book of Life (2014)
"The Mexi-centricity is novel and welcome, as is the flirtation with morbidness, but the film overall is filled with the usual trademarks of sub-Pixar animation: glib one-liners, anachronistic pop-culture references, and inspirational cliches. "
"A time travel sequence is an eye-searing mind-melter, while the scene in which Plankton literally enters SpongeBob's brain mixes the sickly sweet esthetic of the Candyland board game with the nightmare surrealism of 1938's 'Porky in Wackyland.' "
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"It's musical, rowdy, sexy and celebratory -- a party with a purpose that insists the nation's diversity is evidence of its generosity. The producers could have looked to Whitman for a tagline: 'I hear America singing.' "
"Designed with lots of bouncy round shapes and few hard angles, this noisy and colorful 3D film frequently suggests an exploding bubblegum machine; meanwhile, it invites viewers to chew on the political message inherent in the Boovian occupation of Earth. "
"An atmospheric but vague movie that functions like a therapy session, counseling acceptance and forgiveness via a storyline that seems pinched and forced in relation to the wide open spaces of the images. "
Lila & Eve (2015)
"Learning by doing, the avenging angels roll up on some thugs in a convenience store parking lot, infiltrate a hot dance club and home-invade a high-rise apartment; they also find time to wallpaper Lila's living room (Eve is an interior decorator, see). "
Beyond The Reach (2015)
"Elevated by its sense of humor, which is connected to its political conscience: Dressed like Donald Rumsfeld playing cowboy, in a black vest, blue shirt and big hat, Michael Douglas finds economic reasons to justify his decision to commit murder. "
Run All Night (2015)
The Gunman (2015)
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)
"The fact that the filmmakers felt the need to manufacture a Canadian surfer character to be the 'mainstream' moviegoer's likable, trustworthy guide through Escobar-land is a revealing and presumptuous demonstration of racial/cultural myopia. "
The Intern (2015)
Listen To Me Marlon (2015)
The Green Inferno (2015)
"The story echoes that of Roth's 2005 success, 'Hostel,' but it represents a descent into cynicism: The Americans butchered in a foreign land in the earlier film were sexual predators, but most of the kids here are guilty only of cluelessness. "
Mississippi Grind (2015)
"Mendelsohn ought to be an Oscar contender for the shades of desperation, vulnerability and queasy hopefulness that shuffle across his weary features like the shadows of cards falling from a marked deck. "
" Its cast of characters is colorful (literally, in the case of Captain Sensible, known for his pink shag-rug jackets) and its access is impressive ('Our single biggest issue is people throwing pints onstage' the band's tour manager complains). "
Time Out Of Mind (2015)
The Walk (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
"As a movie, it's conventional. As an introduction to a remarkable young woman -- or a reintroduction, for those who have read Malala's book or paid attention to the news reports about history's youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- it's powerful. "