Inside Out (2015)
"Yes, this is heady stuff, which is apt since the film takes place in a young girl's head. Inside Out is tremendous, an instant animation classic that's a far cry from being kids stuff. This is Pixar growing up, and it's all the better for it."
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Irrational Man (2015)
Son of Saul (2015)
"This is a film that easily stands with the giants that have tackled the subject matter, crafting a new and vital facet of an impossibly complex story, and doing so in a way that's both riveting and revealing."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Mad Max: Fury Road is Miller's masterpiece. It's a tour-de-force film, an action romp par excellence...A wonderous blast of fun that's sure to warm the heart of even the most jaded anti-blockbuster audience member."
Adult Beginners (2015)
Night Owls (2015)
"A confident, effective piece, Night Owls may not be a hoot, but it's a film that earns every emotional beat it drums out. With commendable performances and assured direction, this is the cream of what these Indie films can present."
The Wrecking Crew (2015)
"The Wrecking Crew is a vital part of the narrative of the golden age of popular music recording, and contains elements that will certainly be used for future, perhaps more sophisticated tellings of this period."
"best enjoyed as a crazy, sub-Tarantino explosion of clashing styles, brazen flourishes and grand genre gestures on the backroads of American cinema, with the plot really just a hinge for all manner of B-movie posturings."
The Atticus Institute (2015)
Best Of Enemies (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
"Like the best music docs, movies where the tunes aren't doing the heavy lifting, there's much to admire about the film. [Yet] a few of the clips are just bonkers; a rendition of "Ain't Got No" from the musical Hair literally made me gasp."
Call Me Lucky (2015)
"We're lucky that Call Me Lucky was helmed by Goldthwait, lucky that a filmmaker with this much clarity of vision and ability to cut through the shit was able to tell it like it is. Kudos to Crimmins, kudos to Goldthwait, kudos to this film."
Slow West (2015)
The Forbidden Room (2015)
"The irony of a work titled The Forbidden Room is that it's actually an inviting film, welcoming you in to spend some time being bombarded by sound and vision elements that are fragmented and obscure yet delightfully amusing."
People Places Things (2015)
"People, Places, Things radiates a warmth and calm which is comforting, a lovely little film that's both entertaining and sweet. It's a bit bleak without being cynical, and moving without being saccharine."
Cartel Land (2015)
"This is a film that's both timely and timeless, an examination of what appears to be an unassailable cycle of awfulness...Matthew Heineman's film feels like a peek into a gaping maw of wretchedness."
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)
Listen To Me Marlon (2015)
Z For Zachariah (2015)
"An effort that firmly establishes Zobel as one of the more dynamic and exhilarating directors working today.... Z for Zachariah is a gem of a film, a deeply affecting and effective work that's not to be missed."
Strange Magic (2015)
American Sniper (2015)
"Taken as a whole, it feels far more like a missed opportunity to bring something with sophistication and grit to the screen. "American Sniper" has lots of targets to shoot at, it just feels in the end that it's firing blanks."
The Interview (2014)
" I love the idea of colliding the profane with the profound, and even if the film doesn't always quite work, I applaud the chutzpah to make it happen. I want more, not less of this stuff, more idols smashed, more balloons pricked."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"There's a heart of a European art film beating within this tale, and it's this collision between its various sensibilities that might not make Fury a great film, but it's certainly an interesting one."
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Welp (Cub) (2014)
"If it was just tripe it'd be easy to simply forget this film, but Cub is even more frustrating as it seems that it really could have been something special. In the end we're left with a simple, spooky campfire story that quickly fizzles out."
St. Vincent (2014)
"A unique and powerful film, Lacôte demonstrates fine craft, and has assembled an extraordinary cast to tell a compelling, raw and revealing film. A bold look at an area of the world whose stories too seldom reach the international stage."
The Voices (2015)
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Look of Silence (2015)
The Dead Lands (2015)
"Expectations should be tempered, as the film defies easy categorization, and those expecting a simple action film may be disappointed. For those willing to take the journey, The Dead Lands proves to be a memorable, rewarding experience."
The Connection (2015)
"Given that the only real enjoyment for The Connection is its connection to Friedkin's epic films (let's not forget the under-loved sequel), this examination of the Marseille heroin lords, with their political and police corruption, is entirely redundant."
The Last 5 Years (2015)
"A moving, at times magnificent work, The Last Five Years showcases some pretty immense talents in a fairly intimate setting, combining a witty libretto with memorable tunes and a well-structured story. One of the best musicals in many years."
Charlie's Country (2015)
"Charlie's Country comes across as far more than some tourist destination, we are invited into his land to experience the highs and lows of the life he has made there...Remarkable performances and assured direction, definitely worth visiting if you can."
Big Game (2015)
"It feels like one of those ideas that feels like it should have been done long ago... Big Game is big fun, a terrific genre film that once again shows that the Finns can make films of this nature that rival those from anywhere else in the world."
"Deeply philosophical while remaining both captivating and entertaining, Nightcrawler is that rare breed of worm, one with an Art Film heart and a Hollywood shine...Easily one of this year's best films."
"Stewart's passion for the project comes out in almost every frame of film. While not quite the masterpiece I was perhaps unfairly hoping for, this directorial debut from one of the great comedic minds of this era is still something well worth seeking out."