The Circle (2014)
White God (2015)
"Suffers at times from a scattershot tone...(but) Its marauding former pets and unresolved ending reminded me most of Hitchcock's "The Birds." That's certainly not a bad film to aspire to while crafting a needed cautionary tale. "
52 Tuesdays (2015)
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Eastern Boys (2015)
"(Writer-director Robin) Campillo's script takes several surprising turns, and the film's denouement is quite touching. The film manages to be both sexy and compassionate, which makes it all the more impressive. "
Maps to the Stars (2015)
"A dark film to be sure, even for (director David) Cronenberg. It emerges as an unpleasant, overly harsh critique. Only Julianne Moore's knowing take on the self-absorbed, washed-up actress can be called truly significant. "
Queen and Country (2015)
The Last 5 Years (2015)
"Excellent. In addition to the sophistication of Jason Robert Brown's songs, it uses a sophisticated dramatic device...that is pulled off beautifully. One couldn't ask for a better pairing than Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. "
Silent Youth (2015)
"The initial emphasis on subtle looks and body language between the two men is sexy, but it leaves a bit too much for viewers to fill in the blanks and eventually gives way to uncomfortably blunt demands on (one of the character's) part. "
"Proves to be the most intimate and detailed account yet of Shepard's life, death and cultural impact. (Director Michele) Josue remains impressively objective for one who was so close to her subject. "
Zero Motivation (2014)
"Often intense but thoroughly likable and relevant. (Writer-director Xavier) Dolan's best film out of the five he has made to date. It is likely premature to call it his masterpiece though, since he is all of 25 years old. "
Diving Normal (2015)
"The screenplay has its share of inconsistencies...but the film's lead trio of actors is immensely likable, and (the character) Dana's efforts to overcome her dependency on alcohol and drugs are admirable. "
Portrait of Jason (1967)
Snails in the Rain (2015)
Alive Inside (2014)
"(Director Michael) Rossato-Bennett and (subject Dan) Cohen struck me at times as being perhaps a little too self-congratulatory, yet the significance of this beautifully-composed documentary and the breakthroughs it depicts can't be denied. "
"As always, (Bennett) Miller exhibits observant, masterful control as director and coaxes excellent work from his great cast. But I found the screenplay problematic in terms of failing to provide much psychological insight. "
Pelican Dreams (2014)
"Captures genuinely fascinating aspects of the birds' lives. Although informative and well-intentioned, (the film) is a bit dull whenever the focus moves off the birds. This isn't helped by Irving's flat narration. "
Force Majeure (2014)
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
"An interesting companion piece to the current hit "Gone Girl" if not as compellingly-crafted. From a visual standpoint, though, it is (director Gregg) Araki's most accomplished and eye-pleasing film so far. "
The Decent One (2014)
"An extraordinary if necessarily unpleasant documentary. One of the most potent exposes to date--as well as one of the few surviving insider accounts--of Nazism and its self-described "decent" architects. "
Gone Girl (2014)
"The film is perceptive (much is said/conveyed during largely dialogue-free scenes) and well-photographed. Writer-director Wasilewski depicts his native country as a still far-from-tolerant or accepting place, as the potent ending makes especially clear. "
"(The film) is beautifully acted by Cheng and Whishaw and is often genuinely moving. To its detriment, it is very slow-paced and I found myself increasingly frustrated by (Whishaw's character's) tiptoeing approach the longer it goes on. "
Boy Meets Girl (2015)
"Inspiring. Despite a number of one-dimensional characters (especially where the women are concerned) and less-than-subtle directorial flourishes, (the film) succeeds greatly on the strength of its cast and undeniably powerful true story. "
I'm a Porn Star (2015)
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
"This dramatic thriller has a potent premise...but suffers from poor acting by the majority of its no-name cast. The lone exception to this is former bad boy Edward Furlong, who is most effective as a redneck expectant father. "
La Bare (2014)
"While (director Joe) Manganiello takes a generally straightforward, positive approach to his subject(s), he does show a bit of the dark side. Anyone interested in the art and/or commerce of male stripping will surely enjoy it. "
Love Is Strange (2014)
I Am Happiness on Earth (2014)
"(Director Julian) Hernandez provides loads of sexy scenery but not much sense. The film is heavy on slow, sensual storytelling that more often than not demands viewers' intuition rather than offer clearly delineated characters and relationships. "
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
"It takes a good hour for (director James) Gunn to find the proper blend of comedy and seriousness. Once it hits its stride, though, the movie offers undeniable pleasures and unexpected emotional heft. "
Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)
Man At Bath (Homme Au Bain) (2015)
"Interesting bio of trailblazing lesbian educator-activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo that is unfortunately marred by the oddly journalistic employment of out actress Meredith Baxter. Still, Sanlo's inspiring life shines through the directorial excess. "
Last Weekend (2014)
"Few of the screenplay's class-struggle elements are new, and they are driven home in some scenes with a very heavy hand. However, the cast, visual conceptualization, production design and art direction are so strong that these criticisms are fairly minor. "
To Be Takei (2014)
Life Itself (2014)