The Boy Next Door (2015)
""Despite a sidelong glance at Guzman's behind, the ass-ploitative nature of 'The Boy Next Door' mostly focuses on Lopez herself, a decision that robs the film of the symbiosis of fear and attraction that makes the erotic thriller such escapist fun." "
Strange Magic (2015)
"That terrible character design, combined with a painful lack of laughs and a crushing plethora of ghastly songs, makes "Strange Magic" perhaps the worst animated feature ever to come out of Disney. "
Black Sea (2015)
Still Alice (2015)
" "Still Alice"might sound maudlin, or more on the frequency of a made-for-TV movie than what it is. But this is not only sensitive material handled with tact, it's also sensitive material bolstered and braced by Moore's stunning performance. "
The Wedding Ringer (2015)
Appropriate Behavior (2015)
"Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director. "
Taken 3 (2015)
"Mégaton and editors Audrey Simonaud and Nicolas Trembasiewicz take every fist-fight, shoot-out and highway chase and shred them into milliseconds of mismatched visual information like something out of a latter-day Godard movie. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
"Anderson seems to have lost all real pleasure in filmmaking; he seems to feel it's a kind of duty now, the weight of his various influences weighing him down and crushing the bright, grasping, sensitive artist who made Boogie Nights and Magnolia. "
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode)
Dear White People (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode)
"I first watched a critic's screening copy of the episode a few weeks ago, and struggled not to share my joy with everyone around me. A few days ago, I needed a pick-me-up, so I watched King Joffrey die again. Still great the second time. "
Galavant: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Beyond the Lights (2014)
"In every scene here, Prince-Bythewood calmly and sensitively melts our resistance to the outlandish, outsized quality of her plot and stays true to the message she wants to deliver without ever getting pious or preachy. "
Love Is Strange (2014)
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Monolith (TV Episode)
"Sunday's "Mad Men" found Don Draper back where he started: writing tag lines, this time under the supervision of his former secretary. The show's exit music nicely captured how much he's spinning in circles. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - Field Trip (TV Episode)
Mr. Turner (2014)
"As is usual with any Mike Leigh film -- a style unique and trademarked by now -- his ensemble is a collection of remarkably adept actors who know their characters so well they could stay in character for weeks, continually improvising, as they often do. "
"Director Tom Harper and screenwriter Jon Croker offer up plenty of atmosphere, but every good idea this sequel has to offer winds up taking a backseat to the most obvious cat-in-the-closet "BOO!" moments imaginable. "
Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
"The stage musical delightfully reminded audiences that while happy endings are possible, you should always be careful about what you've wished for. Now comes the movie version, and it's a singing and dancing manifestation of both of those ideas. "
Marco Polo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Interview (2014)
"Because when young children go to see a movie about dinosaur skeletons and a capuchin monkey who come alive at night in a museum, what they really want is to hear a divorced dad nagging his teen son about the value of an education. "
Top Five (2014)
The Red Tent: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Pyramid (2014)
Black or White (2015)
""If I were as unfair as director Mike Binder is to his African-American characters, I'd say this project is a white filmmaker's rationalization to have a white character occasionally say (and certainly think) the N-word while raising a black child." "
Miss Julie (2014)
""Their subordinate ranks as a woman and a lowborn servant, respectively, should inspire sympathy, but their self pity is so thorough and one-note that their distress is no more compelling or resonant than a pair of dogs noisily licking their wounds." "
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season One (TV, 2014-2015)
"In less sensitive hands, Wild could have easily wound up being an Oprah's Book Club episode writ large, but Hornby, Vallée, Witherspoon and Dern lead the charge in taking the material to a higher elevation. "
Life Partners (2014)
""A waxen falseness suffuses the stilted, stubbornly generic picture. Like the fast-food mozzarella sticks one of the characters devours in moments of existential woe, it feels like a calculated imitation rather than the real thing." "
""The 144-minute running time showcases Jackson's worst tendencies: eons-long battle scenes, sloppy and abrupt resolutions, portentous romances, off-rhythm comic timing, and, newly in this case, patience-testing fan service." "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
""As fine-tuned and moving a performance as Cumberbatch delivers - all the more impressive for being created from scratch, since no audio or video recordings of Turing exist - the film's Turing suffers an acute lack of an inner life." "
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
""As admirably cohesive as the story is, it's far surpassed by the wonderfully committed lead performances. Harking back to the rubber-face zaniness of his breakthrough years, Carrey elicits childlike wonder at his hyperactive expressions and movements." "
The Babadook (2014)