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)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
" In what is likely to be the year's most deliriously satisfying illustration of what happens when you feed a chick flick steroids, Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) hits emotional paydirt as a turn-of-the-20th-century gal who stops ageing at 29. "
It Follows (2015)
" Even on its own kooky, spooky terms there are lapses in plausibility here that even the most forgiving horror fan will spot, but they are more than compensated by the film's sheer number of quality shocks. "
The Homesman (2014)
Furious 7 (2015)
" Put simply and bluntly, Fast & Furious 7 is great, thrilling, balls-to-the-wall entertainment. It's not only, and easily, the best in the F&F series, it's one of the best car operas you're ever likely to see. "
" Unsettling drama from prolific Canadian director Xavier Dolan tells of the troubled relationship between a feisty, attractive middle-aged single mother (Anne Dorval) and her unbridled, attention-deficient teenage son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). "
The DUFF (2015)
" The teen-movie standard about the struggles of the high school outsider is given a good, surprisingly thoughtful going over in an above-average offering that challenges stereotypes and the alleged importance of fitting in. "
The Longest Ride (2015)
Shaun the Sheep (2015)
" A near-brilliant, dialogue-free, stop-motion feature-length animation based on the TV kids show. Much noise is made, but not a word is spoken as Shaun and his woolly pals leave the safety of their farm and head into the netherworld of the nearby town. "
The Book of Life (2014)
" Beautifully produced and relentlessly paced, the films work as wonderful, empowering little fables about friendship, teamwork, community and trust...it's hard to fault Neverbeast as great, value-added entertainment for kids. "
A Little Chaos (2015)
Get Hard (2015)
" Will Ferrell's one-note performances are becoming a bit tiring. The film plays lightly on the idea of racial stereotyping, but it just isn't funny enough to qualify as any sort of satire or penetrating social comment. "
" Outstanding, tense, nail-biting thriller set in the cauldron of violence and deprivation that was Belfast in 1971...director Yann Demange stages some vivid sequences and knows how to escalate tension to breaking point. "
Run All Night (2015)
" With the exception of the first Taken film (which, let's face it, should have been the only Taken film) this taut little Liam Neeson actioner could just be the best shoot'em upper he's done so far. "
Big Eyes (2014)
" The stylistic flamboyance we usually associate with director Tim Burton is largely absent from his relatively straight-laced account of the personal and legal war between artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz). "
" A pastel-coloured visual delight with an emphasis on soft-edges and bubbles, director Tim Johnson (Antz; Over the Hedge) aims the film squarely at kids who won't mind the regular overdoses of touchy-feely cheese. "
" Thankfully there's a lot more action in the latest instalment of the Divergent saga, which is great news because it means fewer slow spots during which you can mull over all the holes in both the story and concept of this hyped up teens-vs-adults dross. "
Love Is Strange (2014)
" John Lithgow and Alfred Molina shine in a sweet, heartfelt little New York drama playing Ben and George, two gay men who decide to marry after a 39-year live-in arrangement...full of small, telling moments. "
Manny Lewis ()
" Absolutely terrible...Unfunny, aimless and largely pointless, you'd be better off listening to five minutes of any Carl Barron routine than submitting yourself to yet another Australian feature film that apparently had no audience in mind. "
Top Five (2014)
" The time has arrived to finally come out and say that...Chris Rock is a mediocre film director...Given how perceptive, confronting and challenging his stand up work is, it's disappointing to see how tame Rock becomes when he gets behind the camera. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
" The title for this film should have been Incoherent Vice, such is the unfunny, meandering, deliberately confusing plot scribble of Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt at a 1970s crime comedy...seems designed to both infuriate and bore. "
That Sugar Film (2015)
" In a sprightly, highly entertaining tear-through of the sugar load embedded in so-called health foods, Melbourne actor Damon Gameau does a Morgan Spurlock by submitting himself to 60 days of increased sugar to match the average of 40 teaspoons a day. "
Seventh Son (2015)
" Seventh Son is another one of those barely comprehensible 3D fantasy films with lots of dark Middle-earth-type settings and swirls of digital effects that make it hard to figure out precisely what is going on. "
Unfinished Business (2015)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
" Moody, engrossing, exquisitely directed period film...Clearly influenced by old-school directors such as Sidney Lumet and Norman Jewison, JC Chandor proves a master at building a tense, slow-burn atmosphere in a frost-bitten Big Apple. "
Eastern Boys (2015)
Project Almanac (2015)
" Given how over-used a movie device time-travel has become it's refreshing when anyone manages to give it a new spin...With an obvious nod to the sci-fi verite hit Chronicle, the film is full of wily movie references and some clever touches. "
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
" Writer/director Jon Stewart - the recently retired host of The Daily Show - does a solid, proficient job showing the realities of torture and of trying to find the truth in such an oppressed state. "
" Director Laura Poitras presents a portrait of whistleblower Edward Snowden that is neither demon not saint, though his patriotic motives are clear in that he felt he was uncovering massive abuses of authority. "
WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015)
" Energetic, blood-splattered, immensely fun Aussie zombie flick...Some nice twists spice up the cascade of cliches, including the idea that zombies can be used as an alternative fuel source for cars. "
The Interview (2014)
" Driven by the blustery, swear-happy, cadence-free performances that characterise most Seth Rogen comedies, this reasonably funny lark at least has the distinction of mixing in some light political satire with the usual knockabout fare we've come to expect "
What We Did on Our Holiday (2015)