True Detective : Season 1 - The Locked Room (TV Episode)
"Aside from being a great, and disturbing, showcase for Woody Harrelson (who is unfortunately getting lost in the understandable rush to praise Matthew McConaughey), the most significant element of "The Locked Room" is religion. "
""30 Days Without an Accident" did a convincing job of making the prison at this stage feel like a good place to be, and of establishing a very different mood for the group (including smiles and banter). "
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode)
The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Wildfire (TV Episode)
"Even more than last week's episode, "Wildfire" has me thinking I might want to stick with The Walking Dead for a good while... And it was two sequences - one near the beginning, and one near the end - that have me firmly on the hook. "
Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015)
True Detective : Season 1 - Seeing Things (TV Episode)
"What we have mostly investigated here are these two men, one of whom claims to have all the answers but really understands almost nothing about himself and his surroundings, the other of whom understands far too well, and has therefore given up. "
The Wolfpack (2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode)
"I had wondered how the show might try to top, or even equal, the level of spectacle on display in "Hardhome." Benioff, Weiss and director David Nutter... answered with that stunning arena sequence. "
True Detective : Season 1 - The Long Bright Dark (TV Episode)
Hannibal: Season 3 (TV, 2015)
"When you are in with Hannibal Lecter, you are in a waking nightmare, where everything seems like it should exist only in the darkest corners of imagination, but is instead somehow horrifyingly real. "
True Detective : Season 1 - Form and Void (TV Episode)
True Detective : Season 1 - Haunted Houses (TV Episode)
True Detective : Season 1 - After You've Gone (TV Episode)
"The show definitely lost something when Hart and Cohle's interrogations ended, but I appreciate how Pizzolatto tries to recreate some of that structure here by having each man telling the other stories of what happened to them over the last decade. "
UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
""The Whispers" is a frustratingly hollow experience, an assortment of familiar genre cliches and a stubborn insistence that its primary mystery will remain enticing for us even without hints or the gratification of answers that would elevate the stakes. "
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode)
Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"If you're hoping for insights into Monroe's life that you've never heard before, you're almost certain to be disappointed, but if you're looking for a sexy, nuanced lead performance and a few other highlights? There are reasons to watch. "
The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Vatos (TV Episode)
"I was curious to see whether the things that ultimately drove me from the comic would be more obvious here than in previous episodes. Instead, Kirkman turned in the strongest episode since the pilot. "
Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode)
"On the whole, "The Gift" was a far more satisfying and effective episode, and not just because Sam (with a big assist from Ghost) was able to spare Gilly from becoming the show's latest rape victim. "
The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Tell It to the Frogs (TV Episode)
Mad Men: Season 7 - Person to Person (TV Episode)
"Either it's a happy ending that feels hollow or a happy ending that feels cynical. Either he's sold happiness to himself, or he's about to sell happiness to the world. I guess I know which one seems right. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - Person to Person (TV Episode)
Inside Out (2015)
Irrational Man (2015)
Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"Unfortunately, the show failed for me in both key areas where it needed to work. It's not fun enough while waiting for the explanation... and the explanation doesn't do a good enough job of justifying everything that's happened before. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Milk and Honey Route (TV Episode)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
" Banks saves the best for last during the Bellas' big moment at the World Championships. It's a goosebumps moment that leaves you with such a wonderful feeling you might forget the bumpy road that got you there in the first place. "
The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Guts (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode)
Mad Men: Season 7 - Lost Horizon (TV Episode)
The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Days Gone By (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode)
Mad Men: Season 7 - Time & Life (TV Episode)
"This was a crackling episode not only because the focus was more on the work - always the series' stronger element - but because it was able to make the personal relationships... feel like a part of the professional stories. "
Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"It's an episode filled with reunions and character intersections, new leadership configurations and unexpected challenges to those who felt their power was absolute. It's also a ton of fun, when it isn't being horrifying or just plain sad. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Forecast (TV Episode)