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)
"As emotionally and racially charged as the film's story is, director Ava DuVernay is determined to deliver a full-bodied, balanced drama that derives its power from the central fight for understanding and respect. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Without the baggage of having read the book, the synopsis or even the film's Wikipedia page, Fifty Shades of Grey unspools as a surprisingly engaging story about sexual naivety, concepts of consent and, ultimately, power. "
The Gambler (2014)
"Director Rupert Wyatt pulls no punches in vividly portraying the moral gutter gambling addicts can find themselves in, and Mark Wahlberg's boyish face reflects the desperation that keeps him from wising up. "
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
"Joining the long, long list of James Bond spoofs comes yet one more in the well-dressed, blandly titled, way-too-long form of Kingsman: The Secret Service... Jam your brain into neutral and you should enjoy most of the over-long shenanigans here. "
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"The film is at pains to show what a rebellious genius he was, but it also goes out of its way to show that Hawking was also something of a jerk. If the film is intended as a valentine to Hawking it's a very barbed one. "
Still Alice (2015)
The Wedding Ringer (2015)
"As a film about self-discovery, Wild doesn't have the beauty, depth or spiritual appeal of Sean Penn's modest masterpiece Into the Wild (2007). Still, it is a gorgeously filmed paean to determination and the ever-elusive goal of self-improvement. "
American Sniper (2015)
"The film is not, by any fair measure, a battle hymn or a call to arms. As with The Hurt Locker the film's intent is to engender respect for those doing the fighting, not to justify the reasons for the fighting. American Sniper is pro-warrior, not pro-war. "
St. Vincent (2014)
"Bill Murray does insouciance so well it's hard to complain, even when watching him go through his well-worn motions yet again in the first half of this enjoyable, if routine, bitter-sweet suburban comedy. "
Mr. Turner (2014)
The Water Diviner (2015)
"The moving message of The Water Diviner is humane and, thankfully, not delivered with a hamfist. Given the formidable list of great directors Crowe had worked with, Ron Howard appears to be the one who has had the most influence on his emerging style. "
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"Visually, the film is 21st century digital filmmaking at its best... Magnificently realised with what appears to be a limitless budget...director Peter Jackson and his team have gone all out with the staging of Middle-earth war. "
"As much as we fear remakes of classic films there are, on occasion, heartening examples where it's done right. Here we have a nicely updated, jazzed-up version of the unfairly maligned 1982 John Huston musical. "
Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)
"Stamped out by the Hollywood animation cookie cutter, the film will no doubt please kids but, one dares suggest, adults might find the film's non-stop movement and noise somewhat tiring this time around. "
The Imitation Game (2014)
"Deftly directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film does a great job building tension as these eggheads bond in a common cause against the Nazis. Yet as a cinematic celebration of the work Turing and his team did, the film is heavily qualified. "
Taken 3 (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)