"Few people have documented the plight of asylum seekers as comprehensively or as compassionately as director Steve Thomas, whose films Welcome to Woomera (2004) and Hope (2008) set the groundwork for the moving Freedom Stories. "
"In the cool, confident hands of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel - the man behind the definitive Hitler film, Downfall - this measured recounting unspools as an effective thriller rather than as a history lesson. "
The Gallows (2015)
"More low-budget, found-footage horror shenanigans as a clutch of high schoolers trapped inside a haunted theatre go running around, screaming. There's a lot of shaky-cam and green night vision, but not much in the way of originality, style or real scares. "
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"Toggling seamlessly between the older and elder Holmes, a perfectly cast Ian McKellen is the gleaming centrepiece here, with director Bill Condon being careful to make him the best piece of period detail in the film. "
"It might be a case of something essential getting lost in the translation, but first-time director Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his play about an alcoholic advertising man on the road to redemption is a well-intentioned mess. "
"Veteran director Gillian Armstrong's wonderfully stylish documentary about Orry-Kelly is a celebration of the once-famous, then-forgotten, now-famous-again Australian costume designer who conquered Hollywood and Cary Grant. Brash, bright and full of cheek "
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Paper Towns (2015)
"Next to Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is easily the most enjoyable, unashamedly fun and least pretentious superhero film to emerge from the computer-generated clutter of the Marvel movie universe. "
Madame Bovary (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"It's got to be said that while there's no real story as such in the harmless, totally unnecessary follow-up to the 2012 hit Magic Mike there is an undeniable paleolithic charm to the low-brow lunkhead bromance. "
"In the final film of Tom Six's self-consciously sick horror-comedy series, the concept of the "human centipede" - easily the most original and repulsive in modern horror - is merrily taken to its logical conclusion. "
"Brutally honest, lovingly made biographical documentary chronicling the rise, fall, recovery and relapse of Amy Winehouse, modern music's most tragic talent... A compelling, absolutely heart-breaking portrait. "
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"Astonishingly bad high-tech turkey...director Alan Taylor ditches any emotional connection to the original in favour of the usual 21st century tangle of clashing storylines amidst a blizzard of very expensive, very loud, very boring visual effects. "
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
"With the immeasurable aid of a great cast, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen; The Hunt) mounts a very honourable adaptation of Thomas Hardy's sweeping melodrama about lust, doomed romance and how not to pick a husband. "
Love & Mercy (2015)
"Though Paul Dano and John Cusack are perfectly Oscar-worthy as the younger and older versions of Brian Wilson in director William Pohlad's absorbing, lovingly assembled tribute film, it is the ever-versatile Paul Giamatti who shines brightest. "
Ted 2 (2015)
"A laugh-laden road fashioned for fans with just enough character work to make Ted a bong-buddy to care about in between all the jokes about pornography, sex, prostitutes, pot smoking and Comic Con. "
"Excoriating, compelling, genuinely frightening documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets; Enron) about the strange workings of the powerful Scientology movement. Forget the Tom Cruise/John Travolta/South Park jokes. "
"The origin story of those little yellow jibberish-spouting helpers who populate the Despicable Me franchise is an hilarious, ridiculously entertaining, joyfully infectious affair...a cheesy, cheeky knockout. "
Inside Out (2015)
"Rising from the creative doldrums of sequelitis after the mediocrity of Cars 2 and the passable Monsters University, Pixar has hit a homer with a delightful, if message-heavy, tale about a little girl coping with a big move. "
"Why release a film with such an "urgent" message in cinemas..? Wouldn't the collective, organised, unified social action the film cries for be better served being released on the internet and available to everybody for free? Just asking. "
"Director Kim Farrant is big on mood but not on movement, producing yet another Australian film where you come out humming the cinematography because of the now-standard third act issues that should have stopping dogging Australian films 10 years ago. "
Jurassic World (2015)
Slow West (2015)
"A poorly plotted, cameo-encrusted dawdle that smells too-much like a Johnny-come-lately cash grab. It lacks direction, satirical bite and laughs. Far worse, too much of it won't make any sense, especially to Entourage fans. "
"Disney's beautifully designed, clumsily plotted movie muddle...Tomorrowland is the latest film to prove Disney's new-found mastery of meta-cinema, wherein they make films that are essentially about Disney products. "
San Andreas (2015)
"Another green-screen spectacle that demands you turn your brains off at the same time you turn off your mobile phone... a terrific popcorn time-killer...[but] pitted with way too many plot holes and movie coincidences. "
Woman in Gold (2015)
"A prettily decorated, politely outrageous piece of cinematic confectionary, a carefully balanced, souffle-light slice of historical fiction that has a great deal of fun playing with the truth by dropping two real-life princesses into a teen romp. "
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
"With a deep love for clinical white, subtle camera work and the 1971 George Lucas film THX-1138, first-time director Alex Garland fashions a visually stark contest of ideas in what is essentially a high-tech two-hander. "
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
"There's lots to love about the bigger, brassier, funnier sequel to the 2012 surprise hit musical comedy...the pace and gag frequency never really flag and the upbeat vibe of the film is effortlessly boisterous. "
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)
"Fresh, original and genuinely ingenious...Easily stands alongside the original Blair Witch Project and the best of the Paranormal Activity films as a prime example of using household technology to mediate a nerve-jangling frightfest. "
Banksy Does New York (2014)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
"A perfectly congenial, innocuous goofball comedy. It's not as funny as the first film, but it is funny enough...this chuckle-worthy little film has become subject to some of the most vitriolic reviews in recent memory; it is difficult to figure out why. "
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Gunman (2015)
"There are a lot of actors you expect to see headlining action films. Sean Penn is not one of them. Yet here he is proving beyond any sensible question that he can roll, run shoot, stab and bleed with the best of them. "
While We're Young (2015)