"Bloody hilarious...a loud-mouthed, foul-mouthed, low-brow, bong-sucking, shrill frat house comedy that basically exploits the comic potential of what happens when Animal House lands with a thud in suburbia. "
"Foodies and non-foodies alike will feed hungrily on the many delights served up by Chef, a terrific, thoughtful, genuinely unusual comedy that is as much about the dynamics of social media as it is about cooking. "
"Admittedly, Healing is very heavy on metaphors and symbols, yet director Craig Monahan (The Interview) - who co-wrote With veteran tapper Alison Nisselle (Phoenix), inspired by a real prison program - never makes the obvious feel forced or mawkish. "
"It's funny stuff, yet the real nuggets here are when [Alec] Baldwin defaults to standard doco-mode and asks an impressive range of people...about the harsh realities of working in the world's most expensive entertainment artform. "
Fading Gigolo (2014)
"There's no real depth to Fading Gigolo, but it is a likeable lark that has the smarts to stay on the right side of silly. Had it pushed its one-joke premise, watching it could have been a painful experience. "
52 Tuesdays (2015)
"Sensitively directed by Sophie Hyde, this quietly extraordinary film is brave in the best sense...the story side-steps any polemic distractions about prejudice or gender politics to focus on the fraught relationship between child and parent. "
"Aside from being a strong frontrunner for best movie title of the year, this chirpy Australian-Chinese co-production is a real delight...a giddy, funny mashing of corny story and savvy mockumentary...a sweet oddball of a film. "
"Writer/director Aaron Wilson has done many genuinely impressive things here with his largely wordless film. Through deft editing, very good cinematography and some superb sound design he creates a real sense of tension. "
"Admittedly, watching a beautiful young woman on screen in various stages of congress can be a pleasant thing, but beyond the surface sexuality of the film [director Francois] Ozon doesn't really offer much more. "
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
"The title of this film should be Only Jim Jarmusch Fans Left Alive as they're likely to be the only ones not rendered comatose by this pretentious dreck...a tale of hipster vampires that starts off with a touch of style before going nowhere fast. "
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
"Returning director Marc Webb has here grabbed onto two driving principles: deliver a killer final reel and give the audience something they can care for. He's commendably come through on both accounts. Thankfully. "
The Other Woman (2014)
"An embarrassing, lame-brained mess, full of obvious story holes and incoherent scene progression that appear to rely on audiences suddenly forgetting what they've just seen. It's quite extraordinary. "
The Invisible Woman (2013)
"The Invisible Woman is a fine-looking period piece and Fiennes has an eye for nuance as Dickens tries handling the public news of his private life in a world that has just discovered the thrill of newspaper gossip. "
Like Father, Like Son (2014)
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)
"Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas...again proves that button-pushing director Lars von Trier is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest. "
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)
"Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas this epic sexual odyssey...from Lars von Trier again proves that he is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest. "
The Raid 2 (2014)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
"The film has been a monster hit, so it's doing its dance with the demographic the way its supposed to. Still, one wonders whether fans of the original show will go with the bandwagon. This reviewer found the film plastic and too predictable. "
"A water-logged turkey...an epic disaster of truly biblical proportions...Bloated, gloomy, super self-serious and - worst of all - boring, the film is so dull and portentous it's likely to make atheists convert, just so they can pray to God to save them. "
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
"This terrific sequel doesn't need to waste any time getting the gang back together and so dives head-long into the type of loopy, cameo-encrusted adventure that made the first run of Muppet films way back in the 1980s so much fun. "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"Another visually scrumptious cinematic doily from America's master of over-designed whimsy, Wes Anderson, and this one is measurably better than many of his previous efforts in that there's something resembling a plot at the heart of it. "
The LEGO Movie (2014)
"In what is sure to turn out to be this generation's Toy Story, this crazy-funny animated lark takes us into a hyper-happy world where everything is so awesome there's even a pop anthem called Everything is Awesome... fresh and fast and funny. "
In a World... (2013)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
"If a worse studio film comes out this year, we're in deep trouble, people. This film is so bad it will hurt your brain. And even if you leave your brain at home, your spinal column will still object...[a] godawful, lame-brained mess of a movie. "
Cuban Fury (2014)
"When we walk in to see a film called Pompeii what we want is a staggering recreation of the colossal destruction wrought by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius...And, on that score, Pompeii delivers in spectacular spades. "
Ride Along (2014)
Any Day Now (2012)
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
"It's an open wound of a documentary, sure, yet there is a pervasive sense Armstrong is using it as another means to redeem his public reputation...You might well find yourself sympathising with him more than reason would otherwise allow. "
Need For Speed (2014)
"Let's be honest, shamefully honest. What counts here isn't subtle drama or carefully honed characters. What counts are the chases and the screeching tyres and the spectacular prangs. And they are magnificent. "
The Monuments Men (2014)
"Directing his fifth film, George Clooney uses the intriguing, fact-based premise to mount a surprisingly light-hearted romp across the battlefield as a gang of art experts...head for the front in search of art. It's sort of like Ocean's Eleven Go to War. "
Hannah Arendt (2013)
"A dramatically solid, if talky, account of the controversial episode in the post-war world that spawned the phrase "the banality of evil", with strong performances from Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer. "
Vampire Academy (2014)
"Joining the painful list of Goth-drenched Twilight franchise wannabes - Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Dark Shadows - comes a half-baked, yappy stab at blending sexy Undead girls into a teen high school comedy..Even hardcore Goths will be bored. "
Jack and Diane (2012)
I Am Divine (2013)
All Is Lost (2013)
"Superb, a brilliantly conceived, first-person masterpiece, totally immersive and compelling from first frame to last. It's easily one of the best survival films ever made, even with Gravity dominating everybody's praise. "
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
3 Days To Kill (2014)
"Tracks certainly looks great. Director John Curran revels in the details of dust, cracked skin and harsh terrain. He elicits from Mia Wasikowska a gritty, head-strong performance that makes you believe in an otherwise fantastic voyage. "
"Liam Neeson is at it again in yet another enjoyable, disposable French-produced action flick in which a hapless, dishevelled guy with big personal problems is forced by circumstance to jump, run, growl and shoot people - often all at the same time. "
Out of the Furnace (2013)
The Wind Rises (2014)
Lone Survivor (2014)