James White (2015)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
"The central contrivance alone would sink a sound cop thriller. Ray's grim, glacial "Secret," alas, is anything but sound, due mainly to the confusion caused by flitting between near- indistinguishable decades. "
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
"Part revisionist oater, part 'Hills Have Eyes' splatter-fest ... a tightly constructed trek into enemy territory that becomes increasingly tough to stomach, or shake off ... Russell at his laconic steely-eyed best. "
The Visit (2015)
Return to Sender (2015)
Cop Car (2015)
"... soulless high-concept comedy that aspires to be the new 'Ghostbusters.' Lacking a scintilla of imagination and charm, it's more like a sci-fi 'Deuce Bigelow.' All that's missing: Rob Schneider on the sidelines urging 'You can do it!' "
Jurassic World (2015)
In the Name of My Daughter (2015)
"... a desultory mash-up of tones and styles. It doesn't really succeed as either melodrama or mystery. Téchiné's pacing is off and potentially incriminating information is jack-hammered into place. "
Good Kill (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The D Train (2015)
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)
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)