Love Is Strange (2014)
"And the bravura final 15 minutes: dear God in Manhattan! ... one lyrical, cinematic wallop after another... What was very, very good, with modest leaps beyond plausibility, reaches for authentic greatness. "
"That split-second is the rending of two hearts. Plus, the never-mastered lesson, pride kills. Or pride, at the very least, mixed with a toxic cocktail of self-pity, will make you want to harm yourself. Call it a masterpiece. "
"Full-to-bursting with a raft of idiosyncratic characters and philosophical conflicts and the current crisis in the Church and idiomatic comic dialogue strung along by the script's thriller-like ticking clock. "
The German Doctor (2014)
Venus in Fur (2014)
"As the pair comport themselves between the play's text and their differing interpretation, Polanski ruthlessly makes unsentimental play of their fevered, increasingly furious attraction. Carnage ensues. "
What If (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)
I Origins (2014)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
"As for the screenplay, it's a full-on fumble. Doddering, even, and distant from any representation of plausible human behavior. It's also yet one more early spring-late autumn romance from Allen's Olympia SM-3 typewriter, "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"The first time we see Hoffman's hand graze Hoss' shoulder, it's almost like a bomb has silently exploded, so graceful and engaged is this so-small, so-refined physical exchange of these two splendid actors. "
Happy Christmas (2014)
Mood Indigo (2014)
Closed Curtain (2014)
Speed Racer (2008)
"It seems less a commercial strategy by the Wachowskis as a philosophical one: to incorporate as many forms of communication and color-blind ethnicity as possible, much as they did with the Matrix pictures. "
Le Chef (2014)
"Boyhood is perfectly imperfect, and surely not the last exploration of feature filmmaking as the ideal form to encapsulate duration and unities of location to come from the dogged, invaluable writer-director. "
"You could reduce the narrative elements to Das Boot meets Metropolis, but that's saying too much and too little. Cinematic intelligence and Bong's unwavering class-consciousness offer up a fierce fable for our end times. "
Begin Again (2014)
"Boy already met girl, girl already left boy, that was "Once." What can a filmmaker do after that? John Carney doesn't fully succeed Twice, but there are sweet and knowing moments throughout his latest romance about songwriting and a city. "
"Capable, candy-colored, often giddily gruesome Euro-action from Norway, replete with lottery winnings, double-crosses, discreet vivisection and a shootout in a strip club called "Pink Heaven" with a single survivor whom the police want explanations from. "
Jersey Boys (2014)
The Rover (2014)
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014)
A Coffee in Berlin (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
Lucky Them (2014)
22 Jump Street (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
"Every moment is about what they desire, impulsively, fiercely, naively, not merely that they want to live, but they want to live fully in each moment. Here. I am alive. You are alive. This is our moment. I love you. Love me. What else is this life? "
Age of the Uprising (2014)
"Groundhog D-Day, or the reborn identity: Don't we all want a furious, jumbled intelligence like Doug Liman's to fashion memorable pop? Tom Cruise's every-doofus character is a great mid-career role for him, since it's briskly business. "
Black Box ()
"While echoes of V. C. Andrews' "Flowers In The Attic" are pronounced, the interplay of the characters in a simple setting also evokes a film that Cone has mentioned as an influence, John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club." "
The Dance of Reality (2014)
Chinese Puzzle (2014)
""The Story of Film: An Odyssey" is charismatic critic, programmer and filmmaker Mark Cousins' avaricious attempt to explain the history of international cinema-to us? To himself?-in a mere 915 minutes. "
The Immigrant (2014)
"Memories upon memories upon memories upon legend upon lore upon sorrow upon sacrifice and ache: there is much of another time in James Gray's great and tender and sublimely sincere, emblematically cinematic "The Immigrant." "
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
"The super-slow-motion scenes shot at 3,000 frames a second are the wittiest, and thrilling both for comic invention and simple physical beauty in their tumbling eyefuls. (It's the Rube Goldberg version of the end of Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point.") "
"Pawel Pawlikowski's hushed, elemental story of a young Polish woman's discovery of her history and herself in the early 1960s as she's about to take vows as a nun shimmers with beauty and detail: it's breathtakingly great. "
Fed Up (2014)
"I'm not as angry reflecting on the nonfiction jumble "Fed Up" as I was during its slovenly length, but from modest distance, it still feels like a ruinously wasted opportunity, an inconvenient botch. "
Life Itself (2014)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
"The 9/11-style attack on London at the film's beginning is followed by backstory upon cover story and bright rhetoric soars and false flags are planted. They darkly wave. Political opportunity is not wasted on ready opportunists. "
Palo Alto (2014)