Into the Inferno (2016)
"The film captures enough remarkable footage of hot magma bursts and erupting volcanoes to make any straight-up nature documentary filmmaker jealous. But Herzog's interests are cultural. And it's all the more fascinating. as seen through his lens."
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"The first Jack Reacher in 2012 was more of a guilty pleasure, reveling in its own trashiness with macho one-liners and over-the-top performances. Never Go Back dials that back a bit and frankly, it's less fun."
The Lobster (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Son of Saul (2015)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Midnight Special (2016)
Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)
"By its nature, this latest Pee-wee film retreads some of the same material, though in the most respectful way. That said, it does the best possible job rekindling the spirit that made Pee-wee's Big Adventure a timeless delight."
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Danish Girl (2015)
The Graduate (1967)
Koshikei (Death by Hanging) (1968)
Steve Jobs (2015)
The Keeping Room (2015)
The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015)
"If you can handle the excessive nihilism, The World of Kanako may reveal itself to be something more than just a punishing journey, revealing a family rot that's been handed down from father to daughter."
I Am Thor (2015)
" It isn't as skillfully put together as the very similar Anvil! The Story of Anvil, but it has undeniable appeal as a strange glimpse of what used to be mainstream and what is now a very small subculture. "
Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) (1949)
"It simply isn't that easy to write off the Jobs' extraordinary drive to succeed at all costs. The difference between Gibney's documentary and other posthumous profiles of Jobs is that it doesn't necessarily maintain a reverential tone toward its subject."
Mistress America (2015)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
"A lurid film featuring throat-slashing, overheated lust, and a too-simple reduction of cross-dressing issues for pulpy purposes. But it also uses grand cinematic gestures to relay the dread and guilt of its characters to great effect."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Night and the City (1950)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
"... unfolds with a refreshing honesty and a sense of surprise to it; being handled more like something embedded within the characters rather than a plot point thrown in just to bring up an issue or an easy conflict point."
"One of the biggest pleasures is its overall subversion of the superhero genre. It still feels like a Marvel product, and it suffers from a typically one-dimensional bad guy, but it also has a lot of fun turning expectation on its head."
The Killers (1964)
The Killers (1946)
"The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up."
"Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake."
Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959)
"There is something about this messy mashup of Robocop, Frankenstein, Short Circuit, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and trashed-up wannabe gangster "zef" culture that just works man, against all odds. Even when it doesn't. Which is often."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Hope is a mistake. But this represents a certain kind of hope that's contagious. As technology continues to improve and digital effects persist, it's refreshing to see an old-school master get back to basics - and use his powers for good."
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
"It shows Montgomery still taking chances, retaining some seriously robust cinematic flair, courtesy director of photography Russell Metty. There are lots of long, fluid takes and a very heavy atmosphere throughout."
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
"There's a numbness to the entire cumulative experience. That's where its true effect lies, and Fellini Satyricon is mostly a reminder of how wide open and full of possibility this particular time in cinema was. "
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Like it's subject, the film has an irascible charm. Leigh strips away the myth of the vaunted artist; the highly evolved being with special knowledge. He also avoids the clichés that come with portraying an artist of Turner's stature."
"Movies don't put themselves together. Every moment, every cut, and every camera angle is an editorial choice. So is the structure of the movie, which builds its mix of fear and danger sure-footedly,"
Still Alice (2015)
"Moore is the real reason Still Alice works. She's so natural and free of vanity. She doesn't telegraph the tragedy of her situation. It's a quiet performance and the uncertainty of how present Alice is undercuts everything, even the joyful moments."
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"Obsession with reincarnation, blurry gender lines, alternate realities, and new modes of action are just some of the reasons that its diversions are where its at. They're baked into the movie's DNA, even as the screenplay tries to follow familiar tropes."
"The plot is pretty standard, if a little herky jerky, but what stands out above everything is the respect and passion all the characters have for the music. To his credit, Dieterle doesn't really play up the soap opera elements of the story either."
The Guest (2014)
"Barrett and Wingard are more about exploring the wish-fulfillment than getting into any deep psychological warfare. Still, the screenplay knows just when to create more menace and move on, and it escalates the craziness right up to the breaking point."
Get On Up (2014)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)