The Walk (2015)
"...far too long. Dragging considerably for 90 minutes, the last half hour still presents exceptional visual effects and wonderful cinematography that make your heels tickle...(but) the 2008 documentary 'Man on Wire' is a much better movie."
"...an action-packed movie all right...but it's convoluted...asks the viewer to believe that the bad guys are just there to die in hordes of bullets...while the good guys always avoid the killing shots...a lot of off-putting cold-blooded killing."
Black Mass (2015)
"...frightening depiction of Bulger by JohnnyDepp as a cruel, coldblooded killer...highlighted by a scene between Depp and Julianne Nicholson that's as disturbing as any scene between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in 'Silence of the Lambs.'"
The Transporter Refueled (2015)
"Talk about your mindless entertainment! The acting in this thing is worse than deplorable. Had the acting been any better, the film wouldn't have worked. But it's clear that nobody is taking anything seriously and it is somehow strangely enjoyable."
No Escape (2015)
"This is a terrific, heart-stopping film if you don't let the Blame America First political message ruin it for you, which it came perilously close to doing for me. It was sailing along when this popped up like a gratuitous slap in the face."
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
American Ultra (2015)
"I was turned off by the pervasive violence and the really silly fights with totally incredible results...but in the end I concluded that it was entertaining and unusual and that there was no fear that anyone would go to sleep on it."
"(T)he cinematography and production design are outstanding, realistically capturing what Germany was like immediately after the end of WWII...This is not a film for everybody, but the acting and photography are worth the sit, despite the lack of pace."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
"...the chemistry between bumbling Hammer and Cavill is akin to that between wood and stone...What is Alicia Vikander, the best actress extant, doing in this junk? Her character is little more than a McGuffin. She shouldn't be slumming like this. "
Fantastic Four (2015)
Cop Car (2015)
"This is a tense, believable thriller...full of nice homages to thrillers past...with children who actually think and act like children. I liked the film when it started; I liked it as it progressed; and I really liked the ending."
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
"This clicks every politically correct button known to today's Hollywood... Despite the clichéd story of a dysfunctional family, the only part of this film worth seeing is the music. The rest is silly and soporific."
The Gift (2015)
"This is such a fine psychological thriller that there are several scenes that make you jump out of your skin. There's even a fine homage to one of Hitchcock's most famous scenes. This is a film not to be missed."
"This fifth installment could be the best of the series. Tom Cruise's stunts are terrific. Lalo Schifrin's theme music is still wonderful. The pace is driving. Rebecca Ferguson is beautiful and inscrutable. "
"...the most infuriating thing about rotten movies like this is how insulting they are...Each alleged gag gets more and more imbecilic so that by the end of the film you are furious at being treated like a nincompoop."
"I loathe boxing. That said, this film isn't just physically brutal, it's psychologically brutal, a tough film to watch, but I was mesmerized (despite) a thud of a clichéd Hollywood ending. Why make a movie like this and then chicken out? Cui bono?"
Irrational Man (2015)
"This is one of Allen's more complex scripts. The pace is perfect, the dialogue smart, the acting first rate with fine supporting performances. But I kept thinking that had Hitchcock directed instead of Woody, it would have been a tense thriller."
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"Although sitting through this seems a good cure for insomnia, it has its moments. 12 year old Parker comes through with a sparkling performance, upstaging 75 year old McKellen, who expertly captures what Sherlock would probably have been like."
"Apatow and Schumer both seem burdened by terminal coprolalia (an uncontrollable or obsessive use of obscene language). Even if it weren't loaded with bad language and so many unattractive sexual situations and jokes, it would still be far too long."
"Good performances by three fine actors, especially Kidman. Rarely has she looked more beautiful. Alas, the story is far too long and unrelentingly dark and depressing. I was enjoying the acting and the mystery, but the last half hour goes overboard."
Ted 2 (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"I've included this in my little list that I've added to Dante's Nine Circles of Hell...the punishment is that those unfortunates are condemned to watching this society of films on a loop over and over again for all eternity. "
"As usual, the dog (a Malinois, a Belgian Shepherd MWD) steals the film. Writer/director Boaz Yakin has made a film that has youthful romance, boy-dog affection, and suspense with bad guys all around."
Jurassic World (2015)
"Even though this film has two attractive stars, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, it's about the dinosaurs. Nobody's ever going to see a real dinosaur but these look more like the real thing than, well, the real thing. This movie is a treat!"
Good Kill (2015)
"Slow to start, it picks up after about 45 minutes. It's not the best work McCarthy has done, but it ends up as one of her better efforts and shows that she can carry a movie by herself if she's given good material."
Testament Of Youth (2015)
"Alicia Vikander is not only drop-dead gorgeous, she is as good an actress as I've ever seen, worth the price of admission alone. Almost hopelessly romantic, there was not one slow moment in this film. On a scale of 10, I'd like to give this an 11."
"...such washed out scenes of Hawaii it might as well have been filmed in Needles...If you can't make it with three gorgeous stars like Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone for the guys and Bradley Cooper for the gals, set in Hawaii, you've got big problems. "
San Andreas (2015)
"Like a tsunami, the special effects are omnipresent and overwhelm the weak story line. They are absolutely, definitely worth the price of admission, regardless of the totally erroneous science. But see it in 2D not the color-muting 3D."
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
"Highlighted by outstanding production values and upbeat, entertaining music, this sequel far outpaces the original...mainly due to the music and choreography, overcoming a silly script with annoying lines, characters, and relationships..."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
"I was captivated. Carey Mulligan gives an Oscar (R)-quality performance; it never occurred to me that she was acting...ably supported by a fine cast and beautiful cinematography. This is one of the best films I've seen this century."
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"When this finally ended I had an appreciation for how it feels to be unjustly convicted of a crime...and be released after 10 years when it was discovered you were not guilty. Sure, it feels good to be free, but who's going to give you back your time?"
True Story (2015)
Child 44 (2015)
"...a tense thriller set in Soviet Russia in 1953...tightly directed with surprisingly good pace...fine performances, especially by Hardy, Rapace, and Oldman...exceptional dark and forbidding cinematography enhanced by understated music."
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
"...there is a lot of talk, but there is tension throughout that Assayas handles well enough, thanks in large part, to Stewart's exceptional performance...it might be a chick flick, but it's a good one. It might not be for everyone, but I liked it."
Ex Machina (2015)
"This is the best, most credible, of the artificial intelligence movies to date. Garland keeps the tension up and the pace moving by tackling many thought-provoking existential issues. I was pleasantly surprised, rewarded, by what I had just seen."
Furious 7 (2015)
"This is a cockamamie amalgamation of absurd car chases, ridiculous fights, and more noise than you can tolerate blasting away at you for almost 2 1/2 hours with no coherent plot or raison d'être outside of big box office."
Woman in Gold (2015)
"a brilliant movie...with many flashbacks to 1938 Vienna...that includes enticing cinematography of the Austrian locations...and fine acting. Just watching Helen Mirren is, as always, worth the price of admission. "
While We're Young (2015)
"This is advertised as a comedy, but...what it really is, is the story of idealism facing up to the real world in the movie industry. Terrific performances, well directed, great script...the ending is surprising but in touch with the real world. "
The Salt of the Earth (2015)
"... a picture of the brutal life of survival in the worlds far beyond our shores...disasters, international conflicts, starvation, and exodus, even showing the Zo'é tribe hunting in the uncharted rainforest...a mesmerizing film not to be missed."
Get Hard (2015)
"If the silly, juvenile double-entendre title isn't enough to warn you,...this is an enormously dispiriting movie. I'd like to see Will Ferrell devote his God-given talent to uplifting erudite comedies instead of this unfunny jejune low class junk."
The Gunman (2015)
3 Hearts (3 coeurs) (2015)