"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)
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. "
A Brilliant Young Mind (2015)
"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)