Run All Night (2015)
"Well directed with nonstop action highlighted by tension-enhancing music, exceptional cinematography, and good dialogue. This is a chase film that should have the entire audience shaking in its boots throughout."
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)
"Crime journalist Peter DeVries ...refused to option his book to anyone unless he could be assured that what happened would be presented on film as accurately as possible...so what you see is apparently pretty close to the truth with relatively good pace."
Deli Man (2015)
"...this film surprised the heck out of me...a lot of action but is still appealing and humorous at the same time, with some sub-themes of personal identity and the ability to take control of one's own existence."
"Anyone who liked the first won't be disappointed with the sequel. Added to the story and the fine acting is the eye-popping color that is so typical of Bollywood...closing with a wonderful dance involving the entire cast."
Merchants Of Doubt (2015)
"The filmmakers use the same techniques to influence you to buy into the theory that climate change is caused by actions of man as they claim those they criticize use to influence people to believe the idea that climate change caused by man is a hoax."
"...not a scintilla of chemistry between Smith and Robbie...nauseatingly awful love scenes...preposterous situations...dialogue neither clever nor funny...deficient acting (but what could anybody do with this script?)...an ending that is worse than absurd."
McFarland USA (2015)
"Despite being too long and with a totally bogus Hollywood backstory that diminishes its credibility, this is a heartwarming tale that captures the hard life of Hispanic farmworkers in California's San Joaquin Valley and Coach Jim White's amazing success."
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Johnson does a lot of moaning and groaning...leading me to visualize a director wearing plus fours with a megaphone...out of camera range, yelling, "Moan!" and "Groan!" The idea of sitting through two sequels is almost more than one can bear."
Seventh Son (2015)
"With an estimated budget of $70-100 million, the only way this dog will make a profit is to reap as much as possible out of the opening weekend, before people can spread the word, and get out of town fast."
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"The only reason to see this movie is to watch the 3-D and the special effects but, good as they are, they are certainly not worth 127 minutes trapped in a theater with Channing Tatum and this story."
Song One (2015)
" When the film mercifully cuts from Hathaway sitting by her brother's bedside to scenes of her having a love affair with a popular folk singer, one realizes how comparatively action-packed it was to watch her sitting by the bedside. "
Black Sea (2015)
"Despite the fact that it's too long and has a submarine big enough to play basketball in, it still creates a sufficient amount of tension along with a plot twist that make it entertaining. Frankly, though, the plot twist made little sense to me."
Taken 3 (2015)
"...formulaic, often preposterous...Director Luc Besson has clearly lost his way in this film. Oh, well, all good things must come to an end, and that's what's happened to this franchise. Too bad. With new blood it could continue for a long time. "
Big Eyes (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
"The music left this non-Sondheim fan cold, but the film does not have to rely on the music. I normally don't like fantasy, but I liked this, despite a 180 degree turn from light to dark in the third act. That said, this is a movie that begs for 3D."
American Sniper (2015)
"Eastwood produces stunningly realistic battle scenes and gets terrific performances from Cooper and Miller. Dealing with actual war and its effect on a family, in a less political Hollywood, this would sweep the Oscars (R)."
"How could anybody make a film of Louie's story and omit his Billy Graham-inspired renaissance? Without this, Louie's story is just the story of every POW brutalized by the Japanese. What makes Louie's story unique is that he forgave."
"I can't remember when a movie has surprised me as much as this one. I was so much not a fan of the first two but with new writers and a sparkling performance by Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot it has lots of laugh out loud lines."
"Why would a mediocre musical like Annie get another shot?...lackluster...until (it) closes with a smashing reprise of "Tomorrow" by the full cast under the closing credits, which is too little too late."
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Miss Julie (2014)
"...long, actionless, and slow...annoying and inscrutable...There were a couple of things good about it, however. Samantha Morton gives a fine performance...and the cinematography of late 19th Century Ireland is rewarding."
"Director Erik Skjolbjærg knows how to create a claustrophobic setting and he gets first class performances from his cast. The physical discomfort shown by the crew is palpable. Despite some plotholes it holds interest until just before the ending."
"Witherspoon and Vallée capture Strayed's flawed life truthfully and without equivocation...the Pacific Crest Trail is as much a character as Cheryl...fine handheld cinematography provides spectacular scenery and realistic shots of Cheryl as she's walking."
The Imitation Game (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
"This is your quintessential Hollywood long, boring movie...without an iota of pace...with the further detraction that it doesn't explain a thing about Olympic wrestling, a sport with arcane rules that could use some explaining."
The Homesman (2014)
"It was a stark life in the plains, and director/star Jones, Swank, and the rest of the cast, along with cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, have done an admirable job of making a Western as realistic as any you will ever see."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"Fine performances by Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne highlight this whitewashed account of Stephen Hawking's marriage to Jane Hawking, based on her second book. A film on her first book, which told the real story, would have been far more interesting."
Force Majeure (2014)
"...tightly written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal gives a tour de force...buttressed by atmospheric cinematography and tension-enhancing music. It is also an homage to Los Angeles with 75 different locations."
"Extremely well directed by Lynn Shelton with Andrea Seigel's poignant, intuitive, and funny script. Keira Knightley is an amazing actress. She does things with her eyes that provide mirrors to the soul of her characters. This is a winner."
Dracula Untold (2014)
"It's hard to comprehend how a movie could have been so well made with so many realistic scenes of the brutality and hopelessness of war, and then throw in an ending that is almost straight out of the Hollywood playbook."
Kill the Messenger (2014)
"If you aren't concerned about whether or not what you are watching actually happened the way this film tells it, this is a pretty entertaining film. Who knows the truth? But, as Robert DeNiro said in The Last Tycoon (1976), that's the movies!"
St. Vincent (2014)
The Judge (2014)
"Finally Robert Downey gets an intelligent script, a fine director, and the opportunity to act opposite someone like Robert Duvall. It's scintillating to see these two outstanding actors parry with one another, buttressed by a good supporting cast."
Gone Girl (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
"... barely more than a run of the mill action film, hardly worthy of the talent involved, and a story that certainly shouldn't have taken more than two hours to tell. Still, it's entertaining and emotionally rewarding."
The Two Faces of January (2014)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
"This film has so many facets to it, so many characters, all with their own set of problems, that the fact that Tropper and Levy have made it into such a cohesive, entertaining movie is an admirable feat."
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
"Almost annually since his breakout hit, Taken, in 2008, Neeson has come out with a terrific thriller and this one does not disappoint, highlighted by high tension and outstanding gritty cinematography of Brooklyn. "
The Drop (2014)
"The tension crackles constantly, with potential violence seething just below the surface in almost every scene. Regardless of the story, and this is a good one, this film would be worth seeing if only for the acting."
The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)
The Notebook (2014)