Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"This reboot, for some un-godzilla-y reason, doesn't want to admit it's a creature-feature B-movie. Serious actors seriously try to make their running-down-a-corridor or obsession-with-a-contaminated-site or stares-at-a-monster very dramatic and believable "
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
"The period details and zeitgeist echoes--along with one bravura sequence--make this another entertaining entry, though this rebooted, revised and repopulated franchise is starting to see diminishing returns. "
"Blessedly written by someone who's not Sandler--and it's almost passable, even palatable ... until the movie throws in vagina-size jokes. And passes off tomboys as weird non-men. And goes to "Africa." "
"Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just? "
Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
"This hypothetical hype-fest is alternately gonzo and tedious, though Jodorowsky can be an engaging self-promoter. There are some nice touches but it's all a bit much: too much of a muchness; too much hypo-hype; too much obsessing over what will never be. "
"More story than testosterone, more time-jump-cuts than spacey filler, and more war-as-hell than war-as-cool. Leaves you pondering if we're 'masters of our fate' or just action-figures going through the emotions in some supreme player's idea of a war game. "
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
"Speaks truth to cancer, only to wade into the puddles of tears it jerks, then bathe there by hyper-eulogizing itself; it even reduces the Anne Frank house to a metaphor for Hazel's struggle and foreplay for the star-crossed lovers' loss of virginity. Ugh. "
Sex Tape (2014)
"Blathers on like an unoriginal stand-up's meandering riff on 'Remember when you used to have sex all the time?' Pathetically prudish in its avoidance of frontal nudity and its finale, where Annie and Jay watch their tape, cringing and wincing all the way "
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
"In its social-warfare parable, The Purge: Anarchy crassly reflects a recognizable 21st-century America--where could-be neighbours would rather be me-first, shooting-sprees are practically sanctioned by the state, and $ often comes before community. "
Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)
"This rotor movie's rote in places, too talky, and overstuffed with characters. Worst of all, one 'copter is a stereotypical Native; second-worst is Dipper, the main female character, a dippy, clingy, quasi-stalker type. "
When I Walk (2013)
"So much of this documentary is like a smattering of poor selfies and vlog entries--context-less, background-less and persistently, frustratingly short on details--that it remains less memorable than your average Hollywood disability biopic. "
Jersey Boys (2014)
"At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.' "
Think Like a Man Too (2014)
"Pretends to be a post-racial couples' night gone wild, but it's chock-filled with retrograde gender stereotypes-when the camera's not ogling Vegas. Also offers lazy mocking of foreign accents and a homophobic 'joke' about a short-haired woman in a cell. "
"From its stereotypes and endlessly quipping tinpot has-been-bro-heroes to its brazen product placement, pandering to the Chinese market, and incessant bombast, this flick's the nadir of 21st-century F/X blockbusters--no weight or wonder, just clanking off "
Me and You (2014)
"Despite Bertolucci's keen eye, Antinori's wolfish face, Falco's impressive work (watch her mischievous smile turn into a lean, hungry, vengeful stare in a bravura scene), and a few striking moments, a strong sense of going-through-the-motions persists. "
"In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism. "
"Addicted to pat lines and clichéd scenes of individual heroism or sentimental nonsense, from the usual battle between alpha males to the Florence Nightingale stereotype of an often weepy but sweet and soothing woman (Keri Russell) cooing over a baby ape. "
Earth to Echo (2014)
"A Spielbergian adventure flick targeted at tweens who tweet, this is an intermittently interesting tale about three kids who, mainly, discover that technology is even more really, really awesome and cool than any of us earthlings ever thought. "
"Falls into that narrow crevice between cringe comedy and working-class drama. Then, deep underground, long out of the range of humour, it flails where no one can hear it, drawing scenes out into shapeless, squalid things. "
112 Weddings (2013)
"Deftly rips the veil off a day that mainstream culture still sappily proclaims is about 'soulmates' ... when we all know it's about one managed moment, full of statement and purpose and signifying an awful lot, in a life we can't possibly plan for. "
Draft Day (2014)
"The longer this picks-pic runs its plays, the safer and more sanitized it seems, until this romanticizing ad is like a crazed safety, covering way more of the backfield (backroom drama, office romance, family drama, etc.) than ever becomes interesting. "
Rio 2 (2014)
The Freshman (College Days) (1925)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Sex After Kids (2014)
About Elly (2015)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
"Laughton's only film makes up, in atmospherics and its horribly righteous wrongdoer, for lapses into talkiness and staginess. There are the moody, often German Expressionist shots and that twinkling gleam to the word-crafty, preaching predator's malice. "
The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)
"Drives the anti-hero focus of so many superb viewer-identification series into a new frontier: nationalism. The pair's state-of-the-union is at the star-sickled, hammer-spangled heart of the show. Romances are nearly always mission-bound con-jobs. "
Being John Malkovich (1999)
"There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips. "
Devil's Due (2014)
"A by-the-blueprint Prenatal Activity stalking a boring white couple as Satan's spawn gestates in her womb. But it's the ubiquity of cameras that seems most infernal--is there anywhere a lens won't follow? Forget hell--it's more like eternal HAL. "
Road to Perdition (2002)
"Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing. "
"Appalls in its presentation of the sheer incompetence of one 'expert' and builds that rare feeling-of watching and waiting to see if, just maybe, a victim of injustice will be released from a virtual death-sentence. "
"A hulking, Rob Ford-like movie; a lazy, drunken-stupor mess. The non-comedy includes Burgundy telling his ex she's 'like a mentally ill whore having PMS from the 1800s.' Slapdash, flat, bloated (119 min.) and gratingly full of its own white-power bulls**t "
One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
"Even Niall's schtick of whipping up or quieting down a mass of waiting fans seems the most innocuous metaphor imaginable for the manipulation that, unexamined here, lies at the hollow heart of all this manufactured stardom and its manufactured followers. "
"A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat. "
The Family (2013)
"American family, presumed obnoxious by French villagers, deals with problems by being obnoxiously, smugly violent. The daughter, when not beating people up, is a moist-eyed virgin eroticized by the camera, all her romantic aspirations cringingly mawkish. "
Drug War (2013)
Runner Runner (2013)
"Mixes the vacuous and tedious, slick and predictable, smarmy and smug. There's gambling lingo, racism or sleaziness spouting from the mouths of male a**holes, conversations steaming with banal bluster, and tropical scenes out of perfume and liqueur ads. "
"Stuffs male jackassery into a paper-thin piñata of a contrived plot, then blindly bashes us over the head, again and again, with a stick marked 'SEE WHAT AN OLD MAN AND A YOUNG BOY CAN GET AWAY WITH!' "
Ender's Game (2013)
"From its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment start 'til its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment end, this flick's got a severe case of the Messiah Complex. Lots of human-phobia here--it's 100-percent gravitas and humourless inhumanity. "
Delivery Man (2013)
"This movie can't escape its tight pair of genes: from the paternal man-child side, the low-born comedies of dickish Vaughn-characters past; from the maternal mainstream-Hollywood side, a nagging tendency towards pretty, simplistic caricatures. "
Shadow Dancer (2013)