The Hateful Eight (2015)
"More levity humor would have been nice, but too many of the directors take the subject matter as serious melodrama - as if they forgot that part of the thrill of horror is the necessary gallows humor. "
"How you feel ultimately about Truth may well depend on your personal politics, but how I felt about it came down to the uncomfortable disquiet at a film that tries perhaps a little too hard to lionize loose journalistic practice and shifty ethics. "
"Can Love - or any film - be enjoyed on its own value if the real sex were perhaps substituted with its less-risque R-rated approximations? In the case of Love, I found the answer to be a resounding negative. "
"His directorial hand is both sure and to-the-point in All Things Must Pass, wasting little screen real estate in the tight running time and avoiding as much cheap sentimentality as possible in the closing chapters of the Tower saga. "
"While not especially revelatory of either filmmaker -- or their interactions -- a half-century on, the new film nonetheless does film historians a service by pulling back the curtain on one of the 20th century's most important meeting of the minds. "
Black Mass (2015)
"Depp keeps Bulger's sizable temper and immense evil professionally in check until it explodes diabolically in scenes of sudden, searing violence -- much of it played out before witnesses, and sometimes in broad daylight. "
Fantastic Four (2015)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Ted 2 (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
"The movie's high-concept construction could easily have come across like little more than a cleverly animated psychology text, but it is grounded in the fundamental emotional appeal of its storytelling. "
Jurassic World (2015)
"Where Mr. Spielberg picked the perfect shot every time, Mr. Trevorrow's camera is in constant, anxious motion, as if hunting for the right place to put the camera but never finding it. Even the digital dino effects somehow look worse here. "
San Andreas (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"Ultimately, Age of Ultron is still a pretty good blockbuster and a pretty good superhero movie. But its biggest problem is that, thanks to its predecessor, we know what a truly great one looks like -- and this isn't it. "
Ex Machina (2015)
Kill Me Three Times (2015)
Furious 7 (2015)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)
Run All Night (2015)
The Artist (2011)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"In some ways, Mockingjay Part 1 is the most interesting entry in the series; certainly it's the most expansive. But it's also the weakest -- a movie about rebellion and politics that displays little real interest in either. "
The Judge (2014)
"It's Mr. Duvall, though, who owns the movie. As Hank, Mr. Downey gets the better lines, but Mr. Duvall, now 83, bears the brunt of the movie's emotional weight, and he carries it with marvelous dignity. "
Gone Girl (2014)
The November Man (2014)
"A better title for The November Man would have been The August Movie because that's what this is: the sort of blander-than-bland cinematic misfire that Hollywood often drops into the end-of-summer doldrums. "
The Giver (2014)
The Expendables 3 (2014)