A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
"Director Rowan Joffe, who adapted the screenplay from the best-seller by S.J. Watson, pulls off a stylish mystery for most of its duration, though the self-serious tone adds tarnish rather than polish to this otherwise engaging, diverting affair. "
"When Melissa McCarthy tries cracking wise in front of the camera in what are obviously attempts at improvisation, man, those moments feel like they go on forever. And there's way too many of them. She strives for punchlines that never eventuate. "
The Judge (2014)
"Thankfully out of his Iron Man suit and away from his usual pantry of excuses to ham it up, Robert Downey Jr reminds us what a fine dramatic actor he is in David Dobkin's finely honed, prestige legal drama. "
"Given how good Smith can be with actors, it's a surprise he didn't make good on the promise of his premise and turn this into a full-blooded comic-horror lark. The first half-hour of Tusk has some terrifically creepy moments that are just not paid off. "
The Case Against 8 (2014)
"While you've got to admire the chutzpah of a feature documentary that declares its bias by only showing half of a decidedly two-sided story, the downside is that...the constant repetition of arguments and pounding of rhetoric can become wearying. "
"An excellent prequel to The Conjuring, this frightfest, beautifully directed by John R. Leonetti, takes us back to the early 1970s for an nerve-jangling, first-class haunting stuffed to the gills with old-school spookery. "
Gone Girl (2014)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Advanced Style (2014)
In Bloom (2014)
"Portraying lives a universe away from the malls and frippery of their Western counterparts, Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria) cope with food shortages, bullying, bad families, a ramshackle education system [and] forced marriages. "
The Equalizer (2014)
The Little Death (2015)
"In lesser hands The Little Death could easily have been a misguided mess, yet [writer/director] Lawson shows an uncanny sureness of touch with difficult scenes and is able to toggle the tone from story to story. "
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Life Of Crime (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)
"Not only are the cliches more deftly packaged this time around, the action scenes - with long, exciting tracking shots of planes flying through valleys and over wild fires - often look like they were directed by James Cameron. "
The Boxtrolls (2014)
"After the near-brilliance Robert Rodriguez achieved with 2005's Sin City comes the sequel that has been promised for so long it crossed that line where people just stopped caring. And with good reason. "
"Given how hideously over-used time travel has been of late in movies, Aussie writer/director Hugh Sullivan deserves considerable back-slapping for at least spinning something fresh out of the concept. "
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
"Easily one of the most enjoyable documentaries about doomed film productions since Lost in La Mancha...Far from changing the way sci-fi would be, Jodorowsky's Dune could well have been a disaster that could have killed the genre. "
I Origins (2014)
"It's the wily blending of opposing concepts - science vs faith; chance vs destiny; mortality vs spirituality - that gives considerable intellectual muscle to an unusual mix of mystery and love story. "
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
"The tone is light, the visual effects are outstanding and the unfairly maligned Megan Fox does a perfectly swell job at the centre of all the action in this heavy-hitting reboot of the cheesy 1980s mock-superhero phenomenon. "
The Giver (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
Step Up: All In (2014)
The Immigrant (2014)
"It's a slow-burn drama that works well over its epic length, exploring the nuances of those around Mason rather than lurching for the dramatic spikes and revelations we normally associate with the mislabelled "coming-of-age" sub-genre of teen films. "
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
Into The Storm (2014)
"This is great, big, cheesy fun, a ripping thrill-ride of a film designed to make you gasp and woo in between intakes of over-priced popcorn... it certainly shows just how far digital visuals have come since the awful 1996 Jan De Bont film Twister. "
The Grandmaster (2013)
"An ornate period film about kung fu that is so godawfully tedious and solemn it seems designed to bore people right into the very fabric of their seats. Even the sub-standard fight scenes are terribly shot. "
The Reckoning (2014)
"This noble stab at a gritty crime drama by West Australian writer director John V Soto (Crush; Needle) is a real hit-and-miss affair that offers little more than a forgettable, pedestrian time killer. "
"An outstanding, tautly directed, superbly acted film that again proves, as did Animal Kingdom, that Australian filmmakers have a distinctive knack for quality crime dramas that dig deeply into character and the morals that motivate their actions. "
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
"The humour is getting a bit too grubby, even for fans. For, as we all know, you're really scraping the bottom of the comedy barrell once you start hitting people in the face with fecal matter for the sake of a laugh. "
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
"Also known as Voyage to the Bottom of James Cameron's Ego...the film is like a scientific version of extreme sports with Cameron as the ultimate achievement junkie... It's impossible not to be absorbed and awed. "
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
"it's formulaic and predictable, just like so many of Hallstrom's romantic films...and it's done with the conviction and quality performances needed to sell what is essentially a perfectly prepared bowl of romantic mush. "
The Expendables 3 (2014)
"Sylvester Stallone and his gang of gung-ho geriatrics are back with even more firepower and even more story than they had the last time around...Aussie director Patrick Hughes does an exemplary job colouring within the lines. . "
Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
"Simply adorable...Plenty of digs at celebrity culture (including great use of Peter Gabriel's Big Time), TV and the film itself spice up a sweet, message-strong story, directed by American Mike Disa (Hookwinked). "
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
These Final Hours (2015)
"The film's fortunes might also have been harmed by widespread over-praising from critics. While the film has its virtues, too many local reviews simply make the film out to be a much more accomplished work than it is. "
And So It Goes (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"A measured, intelligent film that doesn't overplay its topicality or its anti-terrorist theme. As a showcase for Philip Seymour Hoffman's mastery of nuance, A Most Wanted Man also serves as a tribute to a singular talent taken far too early "