" In a movie "based on" a true story, if the drama doesn't have a ring of authenticity, it can seem even more suspect than fiction, especially if the source material is distant and obscure: it makes you wonder what really happened. "
The Fifth Estate (2013)
A Touch of Sin (2013)
Star Trek (2009)
" Star Trek has remarkable freshness and originality for something so deeply familiar. And it leaves us confidant that a venerable piece of pop culture is in good hands, at least for the time being. "
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
The Artist (2011)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Gone Girl (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
" In the succession of brilliant directors who invent fantasy creatures, del Toro now seems poised to inherit the mantle of creature fetishism pioneered by David Cronenberg, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson. "
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
" Grey's face is mostly inexpressive, a dutiful mirror that soothes and deflects the egos she's paid to cultivate, while hiding deeper secrets. And in the mask of those impassive features, Soderbergh finds a sad world of unwitting nuance. "
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Get On Up (2014)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Pacific Rim (2013)
" Pacific Rim is a cut above the standard-gauge heavy-metal blockbuster, with less cynicism, more soul, a wealth of visual detail and a desperate pulse of intelligence beneath the mayhem. But it's still profoundly silly. "
" A hero without imperfections can be problematic. But Jackie's nobility is more than well-earned, and tarnishing it for the sake of balance would be churlish. Besides, there's enough evil at loose among the white characters. "
The Lunchbox (2014)
" It's sublime. "
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)
" If you don't mind being suspended for four hours between the Elsinore maze of von Trier's brain, and the sangfroid submission of a woman's body, there are worse ways to spend a cold Sunday afternoon. "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
The Road (2009)
In Darkness (2012)
Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)
The Right Kind of Wrong (2014)
Machete Kills (2013)
" The meta parody of Machete Kills is a self-congratulating exercise in overkill. Its onslaught of gags try so hard to be outrageous they become banal. It looks like it was way more fun to make than to watch. "
Romeo and Juliet (2013)
The Monuments Men (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
" It's a rare remake that improves on the original. But the new Footloose does just that. The dancing is better, the drama grittier, the stars sexier -- and the music and the cast are more energetic and diverse. "
A Dangerous Method (2011)
" It unfolds as a loquacious essay on the origins of psychoanalysis -- enlivened by some wry repartee from Viggo Mortensen, who steals every scene as Sigmund Freud, and gets more mileage out of a cigar than anyone since Groucho Marx. "
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
The Kid with a Bike (2012)
The Ides of March (2011)