Upstream Color (2013)
Mystery Road (2014)
"There is slow burn and then there is Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen's languid, dusty smalltown western set in a Queensland hinterland rife with racial tension, social malaise and organised crime. "
War Witch (2013)
"With intelligence and deceptive simplicity, Nguyen injects the discombobulating impact of grief, conflict and PTSD (with the added effects of magic milk), to delve deeper than a simple observed account of a soldier's bid for freedom. "
"Matt Whiteley's clumsy script attempts to sync Jobs' personal story with the corporate history of his brand but as any affirmed Android/PC users will gladly tell you, syncing with Apple can be problematic at the best of times. "
The Act Of Killing (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
"Like Fassbender's counsellor, Scott is playing with dark-hearted individuals of whom he has no real understanding. From the outset, he was on a path to a beating and his audience takes the brunt of it. "
"Those who believe that French cinema invented all that is fun and delicious about movie romances may want to file this insipid, high-concept embarrassment in the exception-that-proves-the-rule basket. "
My Lucky Star (2013)
The Turning (2015)
"Working from an atypically cornball script from top shelf screenwriter Peter Morgan, [Howard and Grazer] offer up a slick but rote sports drama that rarely rises to the fiery level of the real-life personalities it portrays. "
A Hijacking (2013)
Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
Magic Magic (2013)
"One young woman's descent into paranoid psychosis offers much to admire but not a lot of real-person emotion to engage with; the result is a compelling but frustratingly light style-over-substance thriller. "
The Canyons (2013)
"The weathered, wayward but undeniably talented Lohan, the poster child for Hollywood's indulgent lifestyle (frankly, it's sad that at 25 she already appears too old for the part), imbues Tara with a depth not evident in Ellis' script. "
"This slick sports drama transfers some well-worn boxing movie clichés to the cage-match carnage of Mixed Martial Arts, but writer/director Dante Lam still has a master's touch when it comes to staging action and handling sentiment. "
Madras Cafe (2013)
"Director Shoojit Sircar's Madras Café embraces the same vivid, political thriller stylings of Ben Affleck's Oscar winner Argo, albeit in the service of a fictional but no less compelling narrative. "
You're Next (2013)
Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)
"While Forbidden Ground can't match the scope of Peter Weir's Gallipoli and Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory in its tough-minded depiction of the First World War, the film successfully captures the personal tragedy and human sacrifice of the experience. "
Chennai Express (2013)
"A loud, lame-brained romantic comedy from the (very) broad directorial brush of Rohit Shetty, SRK's over-hyped vehicle sees the charismatic but ageing actor badly miscast and easily overshadowed by his leading lady, Deepika Padukone. "
A Field in England (2014)
"Whether you find it startling and audacious or indulgent and incoherent, there is no denying it is an accomplished work that soars as bravado filmmaking in its exploration of deep psychological torment. "
"It is a small film but one that is effortlessly warm and engaging; it will travel well, its themes and characters recognisable to international audiences gripped by the greedy few and anxious to reconnect with what is truly valuable. "
"Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever. "
White Reindeer (2013)
"A Christmas-time odyssey of grief and rebirth, writer-director Zach Clark's White Reindeer firmly establishes the Virginian native as one of the most fascinating and confronting filmmakers working in independent cinema. "
100 Bloody Acres (2013)
"At a scant 70 minutes, it is not expected that Carmina or Blow Up will resonate much, but it does. The novelty of experiencing a (mostly) real-life story through the eyes of a (very) real personality ultimately pays off very nicely. "
"At 150 minutes, the relentlessness nature of this gabfest may prove too daunting for some. But Fiennes and Zizek ultimately present a giddy and grand dissection of society and just how little we understand it. "
Cheap Thrills (2014)
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
"Ayan Mukherjee's slick, sweet tale of friendship, fun and accepting one's mature responsibilities is never particularly profound in its observations, preferring energetic likeability and star-power over depth and realism. "
The Rocket (2014)
"Recalling the captivating essence of Niki Caro's Whale Rider (2002) in its telling of a life with fate and faith in its corner, this Australian/Laotian/Thai co-production could find similar breakout success once (inevitably warm) word of mouth spreads. "
Side Effects (2013)
The Past (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Bling Ring (2013)
"Coppola observes the sticky-fingered waifs in their natural habitat (home, school, Paris Hilton's house) with her characteristic light touch and absence of mockery; there's no need for it, as her chief characters are seemingly beyond parody. "
Only God Forgives (2013)
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Omg Oh My God! (2012)
The Boxer (1997)