The Club (El Club) (2016)
"For now, The Club stands as an end to (or least pause in) Larraín's examinations of his country during and after Pinochet, again demonstrating that the past is still present in Chile while widening the scope of his indictment. "
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"The Hateful Eight is a stubbornly, defiantly misanthropic movie, a film that brings back the spirit of Hollywood in the mid-60s -- not only in the Ultra Panavision, but in the stench of creative dry rot. "
The Revenant (2015)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
Mistress America (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
"We might say that this version of the character is more honest than the one who came before, and in turn, what was bitterly comic in the first section of the film gets reconfigured as ineffably tender. "
The Wolfpack (2015)
The Walk (2015)
"I'm sympathetic enough to Andersson's project and his sensibility to concede after several months of disappointed reflection that Pigeon's redundancy is merely a case of diminished artistic returns than a lazy repackaging job. "
"The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is on one hand a rather ingenious take on the artist documentary, on the other, a tabletop comedy of manners, closer to something by Gianni Di Gregorio or Hong Sang-soo than to Houellebecq's own work. "
The Princess Of France (2015)
Black Sea (2015)
"Black Sea is a perfectly dutiful, professional piece of work, with several creditable performances, but it's the sort of movie that doesn't have quite enough of any one thing going for it that might eclipse its influences. "
White God (2015)
The Lobster (2016)
"[Lanthimos] takes his sweet time in unveiling the full breadth of his film's alternate reality and its governing laws, and the world we are introduced to looks very much like our own in the present day. "
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"You think for a moment that there's a showdown in the works, but here is where Magic Mike XXL distinguishes itself -- competition has scarcely any place at all in its world, and problems aren't solved so much as dissolved. "
Horse Money (2015)
"All plot synopses are necessarily attenuations, but for Horse Money any summary feels especially futile, or even violent, a crude reduction of its complex network of impossible geographies, fuzzy memories, and jumbled chronologies. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Rather than anything to do with sexual connoisseurship or philosophy in the bedroom, all that comes across through Fifty Shades of Grey's absence of erotic heat is a lust for the appurtenances of luxury, something that's more commonplace than singular. "
Heaven Knows What (2015)
"I can't comment on how authentically this material is handled. I will say that the behavior of these people, while very often reprehensible, never seems to originate from anywhere other than the characters themselves; "
"As a formal exercise... Tangerine is nothing short of remarkable; as a portrait of people doing their best to be their best selves, it's as warm and vivid as the sunsets splashed across its narrow but expansive digital canvas. "
"With Jauja Alonso follows the ever-widening orbit his films have been tracing even further, nudging his trademark concerns... of his earlier work into something considerably more expansive, playful, even supernatural. "
"The surest sign that Coogler has honored his source material is that Creed is populist through and through. His achievement... is that he gives his audience exactly what they want and makes it feel like a gift rather than a bribe. "
Son of Saul (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Amour Fou (2015)
"What keeps the mélange compelling is the sense of transience that Mann has been nurturing in his recent work. His fascination with characters who have no nation beyond their own immediate selves reaches a kind of emblematic apotheosis. "
On the Bowery (1957)
Les Misérables (2012)
Empire of the Sun (1987)