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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Home (2015) As animated sci-fi for small fry, it's a success whose modest but well-executed ambitions are no small part of its charm.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015
3/5 22% The Barber (2015) With a slow-burn sensibility and veteran actor Scott Glenn used to strong effect, this modest thriller will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) The Gunman simply doesn't work as either escapist entertainment or a serious political thriller; it may very well fire a thousand shots in its pursuit of action and excitement, but very few -- if any of them -- go the distance to the finale.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/5 60% Run All Night (2015) Compared to most action films, Run All Night is just fine; a little consideration and better writing might, just might, have elevated it above the pack of B-grade action films it resolutely strands itself in.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 84% Cinderella (2015) It's a expansive, expensive faux-period romance with all of the resources and craftsmanship of the great British costume dramas ... but, you know, for kids.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 97% It Follows (2015) With long-building fears and sudden shocks both in profusion, It Follows is one of the better horror films in recent memory precisely because it turns the border between the everyday and the supernatural into a knife-edge that cuts deep into your fears.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/5 10% Unfinished Business (2015) But I can't bring myself to hate Unfinished Business as it gives Vaughn, Franco et al. juuuuust enough funny stuff to do while being agreeably mediocre; it'd be like kicking a dog for its failure to be a cat.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
2/5 32% Chappie (2015) You'll be told repeatedly in whispers and shouts, that Chappie has feelings. It's too bad that neither the philosophy nor the pyrotechnics on-screen in "Chappie" can distract you from your own sinking feeling that you've seen almost all of this before.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/5 15% The Lazarus Effect (2015) The Lazarus Effect doesn't exactly break new ground, but it nonetheless finds plenty to relish in the mouldering bits it stitches together as it gives classic themes about death, life and the soul a literal and figurative shot in the arm.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 26% Tracers (2015) 'Twilight' alum Taylor Lautner gets physical in a gritty-glossy New York story of crime, star-crossed love and Parkour-style stunts for an agreeably lightweight time-killer thriller.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 56% Focus (2015) Like a perfect cocktail mixes the sour with the sweet and the bright with the boozy, "Focus" combines seamless, superbly-crafted filmmaking with the fizz and fun created by its leads.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
3.5/5 44% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) Unrepentant, uneven and unique, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" proves that Lee can still make a film worthy of the arguments it will most certainly start.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Obsessed with money, willfully wrongheaded about sex and crippled by its own construction, Fifty Shades of Grey is too many kinds of awful to work as anything but accidental sociology: We get the smut we deserve. ‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
2/5 12% Seventh Son (2015) "Seventh Son" tells a story of dragons, witches, ghosts and ogres, but the most fantastic thing about it is the idea that someone thought this lumpy, bumpy and swollen sack of tired tropes and cluttered CGI would attract audiences.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) A swollen, strangulated film, a mad mishmash of the past 40 years in science fiction that has a half-wolf soldier played by Channing Tatum find and guard Mila Kunis' maid-turned-galactic-monarch Jupiter Jones.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 80% McFarland USA (2015) A feel-good movie that earns all those good feelings, "McFarland, USA" might be running on a predetermined track, but the heart it shows along the journey is what makes it a winner.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/5 31% Wild Card (2015) It's hard to not feel a slight sense of disappointment when what looks like a steaming hot slab of fresh action filmmaking hot off the grill turns out to be microwaved leftovers.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/5 30% Mad As Hell (2015) A documentary with a paralyzingly narrow focus, and one whose bigger question - What is happening to the news as we know it in this age of fractured and freewheeling media?- is shunned in favor of a simpler one: Doesn't Cenk Uygur seem like a great guy?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
3/5 36% Project Almanac (2015) Project Almanac has enough heart and brains to keep it steady even as the camera isn't, and its wires-and-widgets variation on "The Monkey's Paw" is very much informed and improved by the charm and capabilities of its young cast.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
1.5/5 12% Mortdecai (2015) Stale, strained and sadly dismal considering all parties involved, Mortdecai wants to be a globe-trotting roguish romp crossing the globe in a bespoke suit, but it feels more like a brandy-soaked nap in grandad's threadbare housecoat. ‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
80% Black Sea (2015) Gripping, smart and genuinely thrilling, Black Sea elevates itself above most other thrillers by how wisely and well it brings you down to the depths alongside its crew.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 86% Still Alice (2015) "Still Alice"might sound maudlin, or more on the frequency of a made-for-TV movie than what it is. But this is not only sensitive material handled with tact, it's also sensitive material bolstered and braced by Moore's stunning performance.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
0/5 33% Blackhat (2015) Boring and bloated, it's as if some conglomerate of agents and execs and international moneymen changed the programming and language of Michael Mann with the hope that he might be Michael Bay.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2015
5/5 98% Paddington (2015) Paddington sets the bear -- uh, bar -- very high for any and all family films that will come out this year, but more importantly, you and your kids will love it. ‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
8.2/10 73% Oculus (2014) Praised on the festival circuit, it's got what it takes to succeed outside of that rarefied atmosphere.‐ Film.com
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 51% The Interview (2014) The Interview may be caught up in turmoil -- considering how smart it is about how dumb we can be when pop culture meets politics, that's pretty funny -- but it's also a funny, risky and well-done comedy far ahead of most of its studio peers. ‐ About.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) ig Eyes is more melodrama than drama, more comedy of manners than cultural critique -- and yet its wide-eyed candy-colored exterior holds fascinating and funny depths behind its glassy stare. ‐ About.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/5 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) A startlingly enjoyable and well-made action film leavened by humor and slicked along by style, made by, for, and about people who've seen far too many Bond films.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
1.5/5 72% American Sniper (2015) American Sniper rings out with the sound of shots fired, but the silences between its pulls on the trigger are entirely too full of unanswered questions and missed opportunities.‐ About.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) Unbroken may be as imperfect as it is impassioned, but it also precisely knows what story it wants to tell you, and how.‐ About.com
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/5 49% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) This film, like this franchise, was never going to be great ---- but if you can get into its gee-whiz vibe and its mix of stonefaced deadpans and serious slapstick, you're in for a movie you will appreciate and your kids will love.‐ About.com
Posted Dec 19, 2014
1.5/5 28% Annie (2014) This Annie isn't a movie; it's a series of bits and blobs and smiles and sights, designed to be viewed in GIF form on a Tumblr page that recounts its highlights. ‐ About.com
Posted Dec 19, 2014
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) So, yes, if you watch inherent Vice as a whodunnit, you'll be disappointed -- but if you watch not as a whodunnit but rather as a whahappened, it's a film that's both funny and freaky, a pitch-perfect portrait of a time that never was.‐ About.com
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Top Five" may be Chris Rock's biggest and boldest film as a director and writer, but a sharper, smarter, realer script would have made it far more than just a lazy, lightweight laughfest.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/5 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Watching Horrible Bosses 2, I was occasionally surprised when looking to my immediate left did not reveal a window with a wing and clouds on the other side of it. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3.5/5 73% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) The Penguins of Madagascar doesn't have the high points of other animated films, they can't match it in one specific area: Sheer, chaotic comedy craziness right out of the classic old-school whack-with-a-frying-pan animation playbook. ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 26, 2014
2/5 30% The Captive (2014) "The Captive" bores us with its onscreen mystery while leaving another, more important one unanswered: What exactly happened to director Atom Egoyan?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2014
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) Foxcatcher crystallizes Miller's technique and concerns the way a dip in the temperature turns free-flowing water into hard-edged ice, as great performances and skillful technique transform history and tragedy into strong, striking art.‐ About.com
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 100% The Circle (2014) From its backroom politics to its bedroom activities, "The Circle" has a sincerity and an honesty that shames far more expensive but over-polished dramas; "The Circle" shows you both the happy ending and the incredibly hard work it took to get there.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
5/5 98% Selma (2015) "Selma" is one of the best American films of the year - and indeed perhaps the best - precisely because it does not simply show what Dr. King did for America in his day; it also wonders explicitly what we have left undone for America in ours.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 67% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Thrilling, heartfelt, and a terrific curtain-raiser for the final battle, Mockingjay Part 1 takes the Hunger Games series to new heights even as it sings in its own voice.‐ About.com
Posted Nov 10, 2014
A 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A Most Violent Year" is a slow-burn drama about what kinds of compromises you'll make in order to tell yourself you haven't compromised. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
2/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) St. Vincent is the kind of movie that actually ends with a scene where Bill Murray essentially receives a on-screen standing ovation for being Bill Murray. ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Your kids will love it. And frankly, they should: Big Hero 6 is zippy, beautifully made, fraught with action and peril but never scary or bloody and features a vocal team of actors so smooth and polished it verges on the criminal.‐ About.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
6/10 45% The Better Angels (2014) Those who appreciate Mr. Edwards' appropriation of Mr. Malick's approach will find "The Better Angels" lives up to its aspirations; those with no patience for shots of wind on crops will find the film crashes on the sharp-rocked shore of its pretensions.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) This smart thriller-drama has dark gravity and a sharp-toothed smile, with Jake Gyllenhaal giving one of 2014's best performances in an economic horror film that oozes through the L.A. night. ‐ About.com
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Before I Go To Sleep's combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent Gone Girl, it's hardly a snooze.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
D 71% Interstellar (2014) Nolan's "Interstellar" spends hundreds of millions to take the audience on a journey to the farthest parts of the cosmos ... so they can be told sentiments as close, and as cheap, as any of the offerings at your local Hallmark card retailer.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
7/10 86% John Wick (2014) Both ludicrous and ludicrously entertaining, "John Wick's" stylish look, B-movie vibe and less-is-more, longer-takes-are-stronger-takes approach to action make it a standout.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
1.5/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "The Best of Me" to actual romance what pro wrestling is to actual sports: A loud, overdone mix of sweaty clinches and implausible events leading to a conclusion you knew well before the start, never mind before the end.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014