The Finest Hours (2016)
"...graphically captures all the dangers, gun fighting, bombs, and the uncertainty of the fight because it was all done in the dark of night by heroic independent contractors who have been ignored, even dissed, by the Democrats responsible. "
Ride Along 2 (2016)
"If this is a comedy, I'm Babe Ruth. The title should have been "misery," because that's what it is to sit through...the denouement is über unrealistc, even for Hollywood...This picture proves that a great cast a great movie does not necessarily make. "
The Salvation (2015)
"in the grand tradition of Sergio Leone and his Spaghetti Westerns set in the American Old West but shot in Europe...enriched by a fine score by Kasper Winding that keeps the tension at a fever pitch with fine performances by Mads Mikkelson and Eva Green. "
"a slow, boring movie devoid of pace.The callous NFL needn't worry about this film not only because it takes pains not to lay a glove on them, but because it is so unentertaining...acting honors go to Albert Brooks who keeps the film alive, barely. "
The Revenant (2015)
"...this is a fascinating, tense tale with terrific performances by DiCaprio and especially Hardy as the bad guy...the screen really brightens up when he appears...one of the best films of the year despite the counterfactual ending "
"...dismal...made without a thought of pace...I was expecting another 'All the President's Men,' but this misses the mark on all points, including the failure to adequately indict the Church for its abominable actions. "
The Big Short (2015)
"...a comedic telling of of how four guys saw disaster coming as the result of the Clinton Administration's fiasco that everyone should be able to own a home, even if they couldn't afford it, abetted by Bush, which this movie blames on big banks. "
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"... filled with tension, fine acting, and eye-popping cinematography...Even better, though, it captures the brutality of whaling, that still goes on today courtesy of the cold-hearted Japanese...While watching this movie, I was rooting for the whale. "
The Letters (2015)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
"McGuigan would have been wise to take a cue from director James Whale, who told his 1931 story in a concise 70 minutes. This one is far too long. As a result, it loses some of its impact and pace. However, the last 30 minutes are good. "
The Danish Girl (2015)
"Both Vikander and Redmayne give Oscar (R)-quality performances, and while interesting and capturing the era, it opaquely confuses facts and drastically jumbles time frames, and could be shorter with better pace. "
The Night Before (2015)
"...this F-bomb and expletive filled thing...defies categorization. It's not a comedy because it's not funny. It's not a romance because it's not romantic...it's not a Christmas movie because it can't possibly be seen by children. "
"Even without all the background, this is a pretty good action film...Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful and easy to watch, and gives a good performance. It might be more interesting if you've seen all the others, but Part 2 can stand on its own, too. "
Eating Happiness (2015)
"...it is the visuals that get you. Scenes of poor dogs shaking with fear as they await their cruel fate. The rationalizations of people in the dog meat industry are overriden by many other compelling scenes like this that tend to break your heart. "
"There's only one person alive who can kill James Bond; Daniel Craig...gone are most of the womanizing, gags, and double-entendres. Craig turns this into a straight action film...but it's still a good actioner with great locations and cinematography. "
"There's much more of what Trumbo and his Hollywood Ten comrades were guilty of that this boring whitewash ignores, like the fact that they were dedicated Stalinist activists, using art as a weapon by inserting Communist propaganda in their films. "
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"I m still a huge Peanuts fan. But this movie misses the talent and wisdom of Charles Schulz and the iconic music of Vince Guaraldi. This movie is an affirmation of Schulz's acumen in not allowing anyone else to write the strip after he stopped. "
"Says director Gaspar Noé, 'There is no line between art and pornography.' If you like films with a story and good writing and acting, this will not be for you. If you like watching graphic sex acts, go for it. But "art" it is not. "
" ...tells a true story with mostly fictional characters...what it doesn't do is really zero in on how the women finally accomplished what they were striving for. It's like showing the third inning of the third game of the World Series. "
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Spielberg misrepresents Donovan as a novice even though he participated in the Nuremberg Trials. Worse, he creates a moral equivalence between our spies and the spies of our enemies. Even if you like his POV, you will need some NoDoz. "
"...unashamed misrepresentations...spins two disgraced, prejudiced journalists as victims instead of the miscreants they were when their reporting was biased, shoddy, and inaccurate...Redford's performance laughably awful. "
"...one of the more astonishing, action-packed, eye-opening films I have ever seen...a revolution shot by the revolutionaries as it happens with phones and Go Pros and also professionals...a lot more exciting than any action movie you will ever see. "
The Martian (2015)
"The story, Matt Damon being abandoned on Mars, strains credulity but is interesting if one can ignore some things that are pretty hard to believe. Still, the acting is good but it's the special effects, 3D, and IMAX that make this, well, special. "
The Walk (2015)
"...far too long. Dragging considerably for 90 minutes, the last half hour still presents exceptional visual effects and wonderful cinematography that make your heels tickle...(but) the 2008 documentary 'Man on Wire' is a much better movie. "
"...an action-packed movie all right...but it's convoluted...asks the viewer to believe that the bad guys are just there to die in hordes of bullets...while the good guys always avoid the killing shots...a lot of off-putting cold-blooded killing. "
Black Mass (2015)
"...frightening depiction of Bulger by JohnnyDepp as a cruel, coldblooded killer...highlighted by a scene between Depp and Julianne Nicholson that's as disturbing as any scene between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in 'Silence of the Lambs.' "
The Transporter Refueled (2015)
"Talk about your mindless entertainment! The acting in this thing is worse than deplorable. Had the acting been any better, the film wouldn't have worked. But it's clear that nobody is taking anything seriously and it is somehow strangely enjoyable. "
No Escape (2015)
"This is a terrific, heart-stopping film if you don't let the Blame America First political message ruin it for you, which it came perilously close to doing for me. It was sailing along when this popped up like a gratuitous slap in the face. "
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
"This is little more than a violent video game made into a movie with a ludicrous story to try to justify all the mayhem. For every person killed (in the hundreds) there is at least one plot hole... "
American Ultra (2015)
"I was turned off by the pervasive violence and the really silly fights with totally incredible results...but in the end I concluded that it was entertaining and unusual and that there was no fear that anyone would go to sleep on it. "
"(T)he cinematography and production design are outstanding, realistically capturing what Germany was like immediately after the end of WWII...This is not a film for everybody, but the acting and photography are worth the sit, despite the lack of pace. "
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
"...the chemistry between bumbling Hammer and Cavill is akin to that between wood and stone...What is Alicia Vikander, the best actress extant, doing in this junk? Her character is little more than a McGuffin. She shouldn't be slumming like this. "
Fantastic Four (2015)
Cop Car (2015)
"This is a tense, believable thriller...full of nice homages to thrillers past...with children who actually think and act like children. I liked the film when it started; I liked it as it progressed; and I really liked the ending. "
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
"This clicks every politically correct button known to today's Hollywood... Despite the clichéd story of a dysfunctional family, the only part of this film worth seeing is the music. The rest is silly and soporific. "
The Gift (2015)
"This is such a fine psychological thriller that there are several scenes that make you jump out of your skin. There's even a fine homage to one of Hitchcock's most famous scenes. This is a film not to be missed. "
"This fifth installment could be the best of the series. Tom Cruise's stunts are terrific. Lalo Schifrin's theme music is still wonderful. The pace is driving. Rebecca Ferguson is beautiful and inscrutable. "
"...the most infuriating thing about rotten movies like this is how insulting they are...Each alleged gag gets more and more imbecilic so that by the end of the film you are furious at being treated like a nincompoop. "
"I loathe boxing. That said, this film isn't just physically brutal, it's psychologically brutal, a tough film to watch, but I was mesmerized (despite) a thud of a clichéd Hollywood ending. Why make a movie like this and then chicken out? Cui bono? "
Irrational Man (2015)
"This is one of Allen's more complex scripts. The pace is perfect, the dialogue smart, the acting first rate with fine supporting performances. But I kept thinking that had Hitchcock directed instead of Woody, it would have been a tense thriller. "
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"Although sitting through this seems a good cure for insomnia, it has its moments. 12 year old Parker comes through with a sparkling performance, upstaging 75 year old McKellen, who expertly captures what Sherlock would probably have been like. "
"Apatow and Schumer both seem burdened by terminal coprolalia (an uncontrollable or obsessive use of obscene language). Even if it weren't loaded with bad language and so many unattractive sexual situations and jokes, it would still be far too long. "