Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The Intern (2015)
Listen To Me Marlon (2015)
The Green Inferno (2015)
"The story echoes that of Roth's 2005 success, 'Hostel,' but it represents a descent into cynicism: The Americans butchered in a foreign land in the earlier film were sexual predators, but most of the kids here are guilty only of cluelessness."
Mississippi Grind (2015)
"Mendelsohn ought to be an Oscar contender for the shades of desperation, vulnerability and queasy hopefulness that shuffle across his weary features like the shadows of cards falling from a marked deck."
" Its cast of characters is colorful (literally, in the case of Captain Sensible, known for his pink shag-rug jackets) and its access is impressive ('Our single biggest issue is people throwing pints onstage' the band's tour manager complains)."
Time Out Of Mind (2015)
The Walk (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
"As a movie, it's conventional. As an introduction to a remarkable young woman -- or a reintroduction, for those who have read Malala's book or paid attention to the news reports about history's youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- it's powerful."
The Martian (2015)
"As the movie celebrates the astronaut's industry and intelligence (and the smarts of his NASA colleagues), it offers a riposte to the shortsightedness and science-denying attitudes of those unwilling to invest in solutions to the Earth's own dilemmas."
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
"The obviousness of the story twist doesn't matter: 'Goodnight Mommy' isn't a puzzle to be solved but an experience to be absorbed, thanks to the presence of those twins who motivate every great genre film, horror and beauty."
Knock Knock (2015)
Crimson Peak (2015)
"An exquisitely rendered, color-coded amplification of a Corman/Poe film of the 1960s; the characters' intense but concealed emotions find vivid expression in the elaborate design, the flayed agony of the ghosts and the infrequent but shocking violence."
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Motivated by trust in America's essential decency, the movie's inherent critique of the current conservative political climate (it references illegal immigration, domestic surveillance and more) is presented from the viewpoint of a patriot, not a cynic."
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
"As one random and chaotic supernatural brawl follows another, the decision to keep the lead villain on the sidelines becomes increasingly puzzling. Why make a movie about a witch hunter without a memorable evil witch?"
San Andreas (2015)
"When a foolish woman separates from the world's manliest man in favor of a cowardly architect who builds wobbly skyscrapers that rudely scrape the heavens, is it any wonder the angry gods smite her home state from top to bottom?"
Love & Mercy (2015)
"Contrary to the diagnosis of his control-freak psychotherapist, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was not exactly schizophrenic. Nonetheless, casting two different actors as Wilson to represent different phases of the songwriter's life is a gambit that pays off..."
"Presents the powerhouse vocalist as a blues belter in more ways than one -- a pugnacious scrapper with a fierce streak of racial pride, a sexual appetite that crossed gender lines and a hair-trigger temper that sometimes served her well..."
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"Isn't Tony Stark/Iron Man, stumping for 'a suit of armor around the world,' basically a combination Klaatu/Gort, endorsing the plan for an Earth-patrolling fascist robot army proposed by the alien visitor in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'?"
Good Kill (2015)
Lambert & Stamp (2015)
"An entertaining portrait of the two colorful impresarios who more or less discovered and nurtured The Who as the band evolved from the underground darling of the Mod subculture into an international arena rock powerhouse."
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
"Moviegoers who require stories that direct the characters from A to B with the efficiency of Valentine's misplaced road map may be frustrated, but those who embrace a ramble -- the women twice find themselves lost, literally -- may be enthralled."
"A metaphor at the expense of genre; it is so obviously 'really' a story about a girl with a fatal disease or deadly addiction and 'not really' a horror movie that the fantasy element becomes irrelevant."
The D Train (2015)
"With one genuinely surprising plot twist, it presents itself as a proud provocation and a challenge to both audience expectations and the 'bromance' subgenre; unfortunately, this 'Train' does not come to a stop until it has re-entered the safety zone. "
True Story (2015)
"How do you represent child murder onscreen without showing violence? Give this assignment to 25 film students, and it's possible 24 of them will come back with a shot of a teddy bear falling in slow motion. It's just such a shot that opens 'True Story.'"
The Wrecking Crew (2015)
Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)
"The evidence suggests director Tom Green is more a fan of Kathryn Bigelow and Terrence Malick than of Ray Harryhausen; that's not a bad thing, unless your Bigelow-influenced monster movie is pretentious and dreary."
The Salt of the Earth (2015)
Mad Max (1979)
Escape from New York (1981)
"Snake is Carpenter's fantasy alter ego, a man of uncompromised anti-authoritarianism. 'I don't give a f--- about your war, or your President,' Snake tells the police commissioner, voicing a sentiment that was hardly unusual during Carpenter's USC days."
"One of the Max-iest of the post-'Road Warrior' used-car-lots-of-the-apocalypse, the movie contains enough synthesizer-scored stuntwork, goofy plotting and odd dubbing ('Let's purloin that water!') to make it worthwhile for easily amused genre fans."
Class of 1984 (1982)
Thunder Road (1958)
"Bruce Springsteen borrowed its title and Burt Reynolds appropriated its anti-'revenooer' appeal, but just shy of its 60th anniversary, 'Thunder Road' remains very much the property of its actor-as-auteur leading man, Robert Mitchum."
The Boy Next Door (2015)
"A movie of bare chests (his) and orgasmic moans (hers), this is part psycho thriller, part cautionary sex fantasy, part Lifetime-level affirmation of the primacy of the traditional family and all testimony to the irresistibility of Jennifer Lopez."
" By turning the movie screen into a laptop, Gabriadze flattens the picture as surely as if he were an artist experimenting with painting in the 1950s; the lack of the illusion of depth makes each portion of the 'canvas' of potentially equal interest."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"In the 1979 'Mad Max,' a makeup-effects insert shot shows the doomed Toecutter's eyes bulging impossibly from his head in the instant before he collides with a truck; I felt similarly bug-eyed as I tried to take in the awesome spectacle of 'Fury Road.'"
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Born Reckless (1959)
"Mamie Van Doren plays a saloon-singin', trick-ridin', saddle-horn-strokin' (really!) and 'good-looking piece of horse flesh' named Jackie. As the movie's leering poster promises: 'She's every big-time rodeo prize rolled into one... tight pair of pants!'"
The Black Scorpion (1957)
Beloved Sisters (2015)
"Its rewards include some remarkable performances (the girls' mother, Claudia Messner, is a standout); a convincing sense of time and place; and some romantic encounters with a genuine erotic charge."
Woman in Gold (2015)
"Clearly, the most significant 'Woman in Gold' here is not the portrait nor Adele Bloch-Bauer herself (portrayed in flashback by Antje Traue) but our lead actress, the indomitable Oscar-winner, Helen Mirren,"
Merchants Of Doubt (2015)