The Theory of Everything (2014)
"It's the gimmick film to end all gimmick films. It's Linklater on a bike, holding his breath, crossing his eyes, puffing out his cheeks, going full speed at that ramp yelling, "Look, Ma! No hands!" "
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"While the enigmatic details and nuances are the very treasures and treats being gifted, they are mere trinkets when not combined with the style and imagery that Anderson has forged from his creative spirit. "
Gone Girl (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
World War Z (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Lone Survivor (2014)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
All Is Lost (2013)
This is 40 (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Les Misérables (2012)
"The issue with a motion picture reproduction of the musical is not whether the songs will be spectacular or whether nostalgia will play a role; the issue is whether director can capture the play's epic scope and whether the cast was up to the challenge."
"Spielberg undoubtedly is asking us to pay attention and learn something - there is no nodding off in this class - but even with all the talk of ratification, and envoys, and securing votes, Lincoln is an engaging, if not rousing film-going experience. "
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
" Although the previews would have you believe that the film was an epic journey for the flame-haired firebrand, we are really treated (or deprived, depending on expectation) to a humble, small scale morality play. "
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
The Impossible (2012)
"Scott was so intent on returning his spawn to glory that he mistakenly shot for Alien by way of 2001: A Space Odyssey, making it all the more disappointing when he inevitably settled for Aliens by way of Lost in Space."
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
"When I say The Adventures of Tintin sent me back to a more innocent, idealized time; a moment that I wanted to share with my children, I am not talking about watching a curiously brave investigative reporter. "
The Muppets (2011)
"Thankfully, the ever-watchable Woody Harrelson re-teamed with his The Messenger director, Oren Moverman, to carry what may have otherwise been relegated to late night TMC and the discount DVD racks at Duane Reade."
The Descendants (2011)
"Hawaii's lush and luminous landscape is well appreciated, but it does nothing to mask the maddeningly irrational plot-points Payne expects us to swallow in the name of an alleged skewering social commentary. "
The Way (2011)
"Between the sprightly soundtrack, the sensational on-location shoot, the anchoring performance by Sheen, and the methodological freedom permitted so that Avery's pilgrimage can naturally take its course, The Way immerses body and soul. "
The Tree of Life (2011)
"Whether it says something incisive about female friends and their inability to truly feel comfortable and rise above petty jealousies and competition, Bridesmaids never achieves the wolf pack camaraderie that The Hangover executes so naturally. "
Albert Nobbs (2012)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
"Melancholia takes great pleasure in distressing its audience with ugly, harrowing imagery and behavior, but, more often that not, Von Trier's film is an exhibition of life's beauty and the shame it would be to watch it burn. "
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)