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"The franchise has a lot in common with Old Faithful: it's a popular attraction; predictable as clockwork; and features acts of nature - a geyser of boiling water in one case, Tom Cruise's abs in the other - that remain impressive after all these years. "
"Southpaw doesn't try to reinvent the boxing-movie game - in fact, it pretty much indulges every cliche - but it's the intense central performance from a beefed up, ripped-to-the-core Jake Gyllenhaal that gives it distinction and heart. "
The Suicide Theory (2015)
In Stereo (2015)
"The ugly unraveling of Winehouse's life infuriates and saddens anew, as Kapadia's poignant documentary reminds viewers of what was and what might have been, but was ultimately, tragically never to be. "
The Wolfpack (2015)
"The boys are bright and funny, and when they do go out together - shades on, long hair flowing down rail-thin bodies - they look like a somewhat awkward but cool rock band you'd like to get to know. Moselle's documentary is the next best thing. "
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"Someone needs to go back in time and stop movie executives from greenlighting more "Terminator" movies. It's not that Terminator: Genisys is a laughably bad movie. Worse, it's an interminably boring one. "
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Big Game (2015)
Ted 2 (2015)
"The uneven and overly long Ted 2 manages to find moments of uproarious, if raunchy and groan-inducing, humor from today's hot-button headlines. At its best, it's better than Ted 1.0. At its worst, it's like, well, a Seth MacFarlane movie. "
True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015)
"This go-round - not as surreal, except for the episode that opens with a cheesy lounge singer performing The Rose in someone's Twin Peaks-style fever dream - is a straight-ahead, contemporary L.A. noir thriller. "
"Be sure to stay for the end credits. No other summer-movie credit crawl is going to get audiences dusting off their old Running Man and Cabbage Patch dance moves like this one. Take that, Jurassic World. "
Inside Out (2015)
"Directors Pete Docter ( Monsters, Inc .; Up) and Ronnie del Carmen ( Dug's Special Mission) have created a masterful study of family dynamics. Like the Oscar-winning Up, Inside Out takes great care in weaving complex ideas into a children's tale. "
Heaven Knows What (2015)
Jurassic World (2015)
"Yet, for those who remember both the sheer terror and humor of Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World -- much like the dinosaurs these scientists create -- proves once again that some things are best left alone. "
Love & Mercy (2015)
"The Beach Boys' public face in the '60s may have been all about fun, fun, fun, but there was a lot of torment behind the surfboards and T-Birds. It's captured in all of its painful yet musically rhapsodic glory in Love & Mercy. "
San Andreas (2015)
The Connection (2015)
Good Kill (2015)
"Directed and written by Andrew Niccol (whose phenomenal 1997 film Gattaca also starred Hawke), and supposedly "based on actual events," Good Kill raises important questions about the nature of modern warfare, but it is a bit heavy-handed and strained. "
"Tomorrowland ultimately dispenses with subtlety altogether and clubs viewers over the head with its It's a Small World After All message (yes, this is a Disney film). Still, there's much to admire. "
White God (2015)
"If someone wants to make a case that our four-legged actor friends deserve to be considered for Oscar consideration, right alongside Streep and McConaughey, they need only offer White God as evidence. "
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Man from Reno (2015)
5 to 7 (2015)
The Water Diviner (2015)
True Story (2015)
"[An] intermittently fascinating movie version from first-time features director Rupert Goold and stars Jonah Hill and James Franco in roles that, for once, don't ask them to be caricatures of arrested adolescence. "
Ex Machina (2015)
"Alex Garland brilliantly brings the past into the present with the near-future tale Ex Machina, a stark but dazzling meditation on intelligence, consciousness and morality that discreetly uses special effects in service of story, dialogue and character. "
While We're Young (2015)
"A sometimes poignant paean to struggling to age gracefully while time drags you kicking and screaming to the inevitable end, While We're Young effectively balances wry comedy and bittersweet drama. "
Furious 7 (2015)
"James Wan came up in the horror ranks and gave the world the first Saw... If "F&F" fans feared that he would tamper with the box-office formula and end up slaying and gutting this cinematic golden goose for shocks and giggles, they can rest easy. "
A Girl Like Her (2015)
"Tim Johnson ( Antz) has capitalized on DreamWorks' proprietary animation platform, Apollo to create a rich, intricate setting...But the technology doesn't save the film from falling flat on other levels. "
Get Hard (2015)
The Walking Deceased (2015)
It Follows (2015)
"Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, from last year, turned parenthood into the scariest story of all, and now comes David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, which merges paranoia and teen sexuality into an exercise in delicious dread. "
"Shot by first-time feature director Yann Demange on the gritty streets of Sheffield and Liverpool in a style that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of the action, '71 is bracing from beginning to end. "
" If you're looking for a tried-and-true telling filled with elaborate settings and beautiful ball gowns, this glass slipper is the right fit. However, if you're looking for a fresh, modern take on your average fairy tale, don't bother trying on this one. "
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015)
These Final Hours (2015)
"The low-budget Australian apocalyptic drama has such a terrific start - an adrenaline rush of panic and dread as a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth sends a wall of fire around the planet. It's a shame the movie peters out about halfway through. "
"Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. Timbuktu...is a moving, haunting and beautifully shot peek behind the closed cultural curtain. "
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)