Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
True Story (2015)
" Where to begin in tabulating the missteps in this uninvolving, mechanically plotted mystery. We don't buy Hill for a second as a globe-trotting reporter; Franco's accused killer is all twinkly-eyed smirks. "
Beyond The Reach (2015)
It Follows (2015)
Black Souls (2015)
" Munzi builds slowly, inexorably, to an ending that's as shocking as it is inevitable. He's more interested in character development, offhand gibes over pasta and wine, than he is 'Goodfellas' shootouts. "
Marfa Girl (2015)
" When not taking timeouts for gratuitous sex, Clark's characters drone on about sex. This being the case, whatever he has to say about life on the Texas border or about the treatment of undocumented immigrants feels both inconsequential and insincere. "
Welcome To New York (2015)
The Harvest (2015)
" 'Secret Garden' meets 'Misery,' anyone? McNaughton's first feature in too long has much to recommend it, including a deceptively bucolic setting and a shriek-worthy performance by Morton. 'No wire hangers, EVER!' "
The Gunman (2015)
" ... some decent shootouts and hand-to-hand combat but the writing mostly stinks, allowing for gaping narrative holes and more improv rants by Bardem ... Penn seems less enigmatic than just plain bored. "
Run All Night (2015)
The Salvation (2015)
" ... a revenge Western, photographed and designed in the grand, hyperbolic style of Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West,' complete with wide-angle interiors and dynamic close-ups ... Mikkelsen subs nicely for Jimmy Stewart on Vengeance Trail. "
Maps to the Stars (2015)
" Scurvy, hilariously over-the-top ... as much Grand Guignol as show-biz farce ... Cronenberg and Moore get down and dirty, luxuriating in the fetid underbelly of a business built on greed and insecurity. "
McFarland USA (2015)
" Initially Costner's coach is all about ego; he may even be using the boys to land a cushy new job. And it's this unsportsmanlike conduct that makes this one of the more memorable recent sports movies. "
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
" ... the funniest horror spoof since 'Shaun of the Dead' ... Our Down Under hosts are less interested in creeping us out than in introducing us to the most charmingly dotty homebodies since the Addamses. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
" As silly and, yes, sanctimonious as this adaptation is, it deserves mention as one of the first major studio releases in ages to promote sex over vigilante violence or superherodom ... And that, in a peculiar way, makes the film a refreshing departure. "
The Babadook (2014)
" ... a minor masterpiece of the macabre ... Be afraid, be very afraid: the Babadook is more than a Down Under Freddy Krueger ... Reminds us that the real monsters under the bed are Mommy and Daddy. "
Force Majeure (2014)
John Wick (2014)
" Cornpone existentialism ... Overlong, talky and, depending on the crisis, either dopey or pretentious ... a New Age-y, fuzzy-headed sci-fi'er that borrows liberally from Kubrick, 'Contact' and Nolan's own "Inception." "
" Ayer's long-awaited World War 2 saga earns its stripes the old-fashioned way -- with plenty of blood and guts ... Pitt, baring both battle scars and killer pecs, has his best (read most grim) character role to date. "
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Into The Storm (2014)
" ... latest Storm of the Century doubles as bonding experience and first date (Callies is literally swept off her feet) ... Those who go looking for airborne cows a la 'Twister' will be disappointed. "
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Calling (2014)
Get On Up (2014)
" French action ace Besson comes full circle ... a bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action, National Geographic cutaways ... like watching the primeval forest scenes from 'Tree of Life' spliced into 'Taken.' "
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Venus in Fur (2014)
" ... a pulp-y, no-nonsense vigilante number that sounds like it was scripted by a computer program ... Say what you will about Cage, he gives the viewer his money's worth in tics and mad-dog froth. "
Life Itself (2014)
" The ultimate cineaste to the end, Ebert saw himself as James's collaborator rather than as his compliant subject ... Fascinating, engaging, and life-affirming ‒ without being in the least mawkish. "
" Itinerant crooks or satanists? This bizarre import has the feel of a fever dream. Characters, most especially the eponymous gardener, float through the narrative as if in a Dr. Caligari-induced haze. "
Cold in July (2014)
In Fear (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
" You'll have little patience with this fact-based indie, especially if you're a fan of HBO's 'True Detective' series, which also deals with ritualistic slayings. The difference? A little something called edge. "
Wolf Creek 2 (2014)
Child's Pose (2014)
" ... both acerbic character study and understated indictment of Romania's justice system and entitled inner circle ... Like Angela Lansbury in 'Manchurian Candidate,' Gheorghiu's mother remains oblivious to the damage she has wrought. "
In the Blood (2014)
" Carano's newlywed with a dark past ‒ think Jeanne Moreau in 'The Bride Wore Black' meets Michelle Yeoh -- kicks some serious butt ... One of the best payback thrillers since 'Death Wish' and 'First Blood.' "
Almost Human (2014)