Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
" By its very construction Guardians of the Galaxy is trying to both be smug and self-aware, but also heroic and adventurous. For the most part the film manages to pull off this balance, making for a fun and many ways laudable film."
"If I'm to be the only one, I'll jump up and proudly say I'm on team Zombeaver. It's some of the most fun I've had in a theatre all year, and it provides a terrific time if you'll give it and its hairy creatures a chance to get under your skin."
"Bold and brash. It's an action movie with plenty of ideas... There's a Shakespearean motif this time 'round, with plenty of court betrayal and the like (I admit to thinking "Et tu, you filthy brute?" as a particularly appalling pun midway through)."
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
"Faggedaboutit, just throw on some of Four Seasons' many songs (including several excellent numbers that couldn't be pigeonholed awkwardly into this narrative) as a far better way of getting to what made these guys so memorable in the first place."
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
22 Jump Street (2014)
"No, the film's not as funny, or fresh as the previous version, but it's charmingly aware of said fact. It's a film that says "fuck it" and does it anyway, throwing caution to the wind and yelling "something cool!" along the way."
The Salt of the Earth (2015)
Red Army (2015)
The Rover (2014)
" Some may not have the patience to stick with the film while it almost floats along, but for those willing to enjoy the remarkable performances and restrained direction, there is plenty to reward a committed audience."
Wild Tales (2015)
The Salvation (2015)
Maps to the Stars (2015)
It Follows (2015)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Grace Of Monaco (2014)
Brick Mansions (2014)
"No one is going to confuse Brick Mansions with art, nor even an action film that lives up to the standards of its contemporaries or the original on which it's based. It is, however, kind of fun, and in this case, maybe that's enough."
Alex of Venice (2015)
The Final Member (2014)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Need For Speed (2014)
The Cold Lands (2014)
Wolf at the Door (2015)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
The LEGO Movie (2014)
"Skeptics, leave your grumblings at home. The LEGO Movie is a blast, a plaything for any age, an exquisite assembly that's literally more than the sum of its parts. For as per the song that runs throughout: 'Everything is awesome, everything is cool.'"
The Green Prince (2014)
"Suffice it to say, there has rarely been a work, documentary or no, that so thoroughly details both the inner machinations of the Hamas operations, or the interrogation and handling efforts of the hyper secretive Shin Bet."
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"It is on Philip Seymour Hoffman's shoulders that much of the film sits, and his disheveled, cigarette-fueled German spy character provides another of his inimitable sad-sack characters that he brings to the screen better than pretty much anyone."
Camp X-Ray (2014)
"As a work of moral ambivalence, it's extremely interesting. As a jingoistic apology for imprisonment, it's flawed. I choose to believe based on the pedigree of those involved that my former reading is...the more accurate analysis of the film"
Imperial Dreams (2014)
The Overnighters (2014)
"The Overnighters is a shattering experience; a masterwork of unbridled honesty as it delves into the messy ambivalence of regular lives. Provocative, unsettling, energizing and immensely sorrowful. An exceptional, haunting film, and one not to be missed."
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Life Itself (2014)
"I think it's fair to conjecture - Roger would have liked the film very much... It's pretty clear that he would have smiled, done that "happy dance" he would use to express his joy, and raise once more his thumb to the sky."
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
"Anchorman 2 may not be the best film in the history of forever, but it presents itself like it is...This is a film unafraid to stick a nipple into the maw of a writhing shark...It is a legend that has continued."
American Hustle (2013)
"It's possible that the lackluster script, with its go-nowhere plotting and surface-level emotions, could have been rendered watchable by a talented and charismatic actor. But with Walker, it never stood a chance. "
"Frozen is the best animated film of the year, a wonderful celebration of music and story....It is a work to be embraced without cynicism, one that can simply be taken on its own merits as a charming, funny, musical experience."
The Book Thief (2013)