American Sniper (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
"DuVernay's look at Martin Luther King's 1965 voting-rights march against racial injustice stings with relevance to the here and now. Oyelowo's stirring, soulful performance as King deserves superlatives. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Spirit of the Goat (TV Episode)
Gotham: Season 1 - Viper (TV Episode)
"The episode's overall pacing is sluggish; apparently, the folks behind Gotham have been watching Game of Thrones, and its imitation of that masterpiece's scheming-plotting-drinking-eating format is pretty threadbare. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Arkham (TV Episode)
"Terribly fanciful villains are virtually guaranteed to show up in every episode... they're getting more violent every time. Those villains are also the thing helping Gotham hopscotch over the perils of becoming another paint-by-numbers cop show. "
"Director Andrey Zvyagintsev puts contemporary Russia, as up-to-the-minute as Putin and Pussy Riot, under the microscope. Leviathan is a stupendous piece of work that transcends language and borders. "
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his Lord of the Rings triumph, Peter Jackson has sadly saved the worst for last. The Battle of the Five Armies is 20 percent inspiration, 80 percent desperation. "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Top Five (2014)
" The sweetest surprise in this raunchy comic ride is how artfully Rock lets down his guard. His confident, prowling wit as a stand-up has finally found its way to the screen, enhanced by a bracing vulnerability. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
"Inherent Vice, brilliantly scored by Jonny Greenwood, is an Anderson head trip, impure jazz with a reverb that can leave you dazed, confused and even annoyed. But at no time do you doubt that you are in the hands of a master. "
"With the help of a scrappy script by Nick Hornby that allows bursts of humor to break through the darkness, Witherspoon cuts to the bruised core of Cheryl's heart, rattling between desperation and determination. "
The Babadook (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Beyond the Lights (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
"Steve Carell offers a tour de force of slow-burning menace. Foxcatcher, one of the year's very best films, exposes the diseased underbelly of American exceptionalism and knocks the ground out from under you. "
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"The breakthrough star of the season is here. His name is Baymax and he's impossible not to love. The 3-D animated Big Hero 6 would be a ton less fun without this irresistible blob of roly-poly, robot charisma. "
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"What the neg-heads are missing about Interstellar is how enthralling it is, how gracefully it blends the cosmic and the intimate, how deftly Nolan explores the infinite in the smallest human details. "
1,000 Times Good Night (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
Force Majeure (2014)
John Wick (2014)
Dear White People (2014)
Listen Up Philip (2014)
"Jason Schwartzman is deadpan dynamite in Alex Ross Perry's poisonous valentine to the New York literary scene. Some audiences just don't cotton to movies with flawed characters you love to hate. Pussies. "
"I'm jazzed by every daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Powered by Michael Keaton's pinballing tour de force, Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind is an exhilarating high. No true movie lover would dare miss it. "
Kill the Messenger (2014)
"It's oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely. "
The Judge (2014)
"An overstuffed, overlong slog of a legal drama. Director David Dobkin coats every cliché with cheap theatrics. Go ahead, see The Judge just for Downey and Duvall. But to cite another recent dud, this is where I leave you. "
"Damien Chazelle stages S&M drum duels with strafing mastery. And Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away. Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying. "
Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)
The Good Lie (2014)
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
"It's a genuine hoot: Any show that can unite Katharine McPhee and American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas (Fiiiiinch!) has the right to the fun-cedural crown. With its light touch, Scorpion might take off. "
Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)