Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
45 Years (2015)
The Finest Hours (2016)
"Throughout the film, (Michael) Bay seems to display anger and frustration with an antiquated U.S. foreign policy that fails to realize that the old ways of operating do not apply in a changing world rife with religious and national radicalism. "
The Revenant (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
" 'Concussion' may make you think twice about letting your child participate in football. It also may change the way you view the professional gladiators who, it now seems, put their lives at risk to entertain and thrill us. "
"It's not the story so much that is striking as Haynes' re-creation of the era. And it is not just in costumes and sets; it's the way he uses his camera to capture knowing glances, furtive looks, gestures and silences that speak volumes. "
The Big Short (2015)
"While "Legend" definitely has its drawbacks, you basically overlook or ignore them because of Hardy. His characterizations are superb, showing the contradictions and nuances of brotherly sociopaths who are laws unto themselves. "
" 'The Force Awakens,' written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, offers enough salutes and nods to the original trilogy to please those fans, while introducing interesting and likable characters that will entice new followers to the series. "
"Despite some jokes falling flat, "Sisters" is nearly nonstop laughter that makes you hope for more pairings of Fey and Poehler, and perhaps a stronger script that could really take advantage of their comic personalities. "
The Danish Girl (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
" 'In the Heart of the Sea' is a solid adventure that fails to reach the heroic heights it aims for. The film's uneven pace, at times, keeps you at arm's length, while it moves toward reconciling its two plotlines. "
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (2006)
Paper Towns (2015)
Flowers in the Attic (2014)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Night Before (2015)
"For a film that is supposed to be about the holiday spirit, "The Night Before" is rife with selfish and self-centered behavior by its major protagonists who, at times, seem to be friends simply because the script says so. "
The 33 (2015)
" 'Truth' works hard to make a profound statement about journalism in the vein of "All the President's Men" or "The Insider," but it falls short mainly because it refuses to admit that the report was simply shoddy journalism. "
Tcm Presents Dracula (2015)
"The abundance of older features on Blu-rays and DVDs have helped give younger filmgoers an appreciation of classic movies. "They can learn so much more on how to pace and set a scene from Tod Browning over Michael Bay," Mankiweicz said. "
Coming Home (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Peace Officer (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
" 'He Named Me Malala' would have been a much-improved film if (director Davis) Guggenheim had been more objective and given us a fuller and deeper portrait of this extraordinary and exquisite role model. "
The Martian (2015)
The Walk (2015)
The New Girlfriend (2015)
The Intern (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
"At times, it seems Kormákur treats the climbers and support teams as props. On one level, you become superficially concerned for those trapped on the mountain when the blizzard hits, but the film fails to dig deep into your psyche to allow much empathy. "
"But "Grandma" belongs to Tomlin. She gets under the skin of Elle, creating a complex woman who has lived life on her own terms and is accepting the price she paid. The role could earn Tomlin an Academy Award nomination. "
The Visit (2015)
"Shyamalan succeeds in playing off the audience's expectations, knowing that we will expect something unexpected. He teases constantly - keep an eye on the big kitchen oven - then sneaks in a jab when we are looking the other way. "
" 'Daredevils of the Red Circle' incorporates all the elements that combine to make a serial memorable: quick-thinking heroes, a heartless villain, solid cliffhangers, some mystery, lots of thrills, action and stunts and an explosive finale. "
Jimmy's Hall (2015)