August: Osage County (2013)
"Nothing makes you feel better about your dysfunctional family at the holidays than watching a messed-up clan unravel on screen, only armed with better zingers and prettier faces. That describes this adaptation of Tracy Letts's star-studded drama. "
At Middleton (2014)
"The college visit is a day trip fraught with tension and expectations played out by parents and children across America. In Adam Rodgers' comedy "At Middleton," unexpected love blossoms between the parental units in a single day on a verdant campus. "
"When an ambitious young musician (Miles Teller) strives to be a Buddy Rich class drummer, he nearly dies trying in a charged battle of wills with his thorny professor (J. K. Simmons). The buzzy Sundance hit vibrates with life lived at fever pitch."
"In director Dan Gilroy's sleek crime-thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal has found a role in which he can act against his good looks and buff bod. He throws himself out there and falls - until something darker and deeper kicks in."
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's visually stunning biopic. The round-faced British character actor took Best Actor at Cannes for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout."
"A revolting, creepy, and enthralling metamorphosis movie that toys with the audience's ideas of horror and retribution, while presenting a stream of verbal and visual jokes with a great turn by Michael Parks. Kevin Smith is back!"
Two Days, One Night (2014)
"Naturalistic and probing, in Two Days, One Night, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne tell an apparently simple, linear story with astonishing depth bolstered by another Oscar-worthy turn from Marion Cotillard."
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014)
The Invisible Woman (2013)
The Book Thief (2013)
The Bling Ring (2013)
"To criticize that the script doesn't go deep enough is to get the point: with all that swag out there for repeat-offenders like Lohan, why shouldn't a girl walk up to an empty house and liberate its contents for the sheer joy of material possession? "
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
Before Midnight (2013)
Frances Ha (2013)
A Hijacking (2013)
I'm So Excited! (2013)
The Way Way Back (2013)
"If you're first act was writing the Oscar winning screenplay for "The Descendants," looking for an encore can be tough. But Nat Faxon and Jim Rash leveraged that win and made the leap to directing their own small-budget, bighearted coming of age comedy."
The Hunt (2013)
Only God Forgives (2013)
"Those who are less judgmental, or less enamored of the sentimentality of "Drive" -- and "Bronson" die-hards -- will know to lower their expectations and see what strange, stylized crime drama the Danish director is serving up this time."
Short Term 12 (2013)
"The film succeeds by its simple storytelling technique - no explosions, no sweeping music signaling emotional peaks, no big reveals. It's just unsuperhumans...hoping to scratch out some joy and ward off the shadow of loneliness."
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)
"Maybe it's me, but after all the bloated, clanging, FX-driven summer tent poles, I'm partial to a gentle genre horror comedy that has gooey guts - but doesn't throw the heart out with the steaming entrails."
All Is Lost (2013)
"As a solo sailor on a hostile sea, Robert Redford doesn't so much play to the camera, as tolerate it, showing that, even at 77, he's so much more than a pretty face, a buttery voice and an athletic physique. "
Don Jon (2013)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
"Clad throughout most of the film donning nothing but his retractable knuckle-claws, muttonchops, and a body cut enough to put Ginsu out of business, Jackman actually does a great job of portraying the human, emotional side of the eponymous mutant."
The Purge (2013)
London The Modern Babylon (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Die Wand (The Wall) (2013)
The East (2013)
"What makes The East a necessary destination is that it explores the personal why's behind these homegrown terrorists, and discovers each individual's mixed motives for taking the law into their own hands."
Lucky Bastard (2014)
My Amityville Horror (2013)
Shadow People (The Door) (2012)
The Truth (A Dark Truth) (2013)
Le moine (The Monk) (2013)
Vanishing Waves (2013)
Upside Down (2013)
The Frankenstein Theory (2013)
The Iceman (2013)
Lay the Favorite (2012)