The Age (Australia)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
John Wick (2014)
The Best Of Me (2014)
"There's something heavy-handed, even for Sparks, in the telling of the couple's story, particularly when it comes to Dawson's family: they are leering, brutal embodiments of evil who function as handy plot devices. "
"It's a project that could easily be weighed down with nostalgia or over-determination, but there's a generosity and humour about the performances and the direction that keep the film light and buoyant. "
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Son of a Gun (2015)
"The action sequences are tense and well-executed and the performances are strong, but the film slips away a little in the later stages, caught up in too many plot twists, turns and somewhat unlikely contrivances. "
John Doe: Vigilante (2014)
"John Doe: Vigilante starts in promising fashion then fizzles. Dolen and writer Stephen M. Coates give Doe a narrow focus: his targets are obvious malefactors, all male, ranging from paedophiles to sadists. "
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
"With David Fincher's Gone Girl a bona fide hit, multiplexes will probably soon be flooded with further examples of what is now being referred to as the "marriage thriller". If so, it's a trend I can get behind."
The Golden Era (2014)
The Case Against 8 (2014)
"The Case Against 8 documents, quietly and without histrionics, a long-drawn-out process of advocacy. It presents not only the legal conduct of the case, but also the daily lives of those most intimately affected by it."
"Annabelle drifts away from these potentially interesting elements into a more predictable collage of frights, demons and flickering lights, a grab bag of set pieces, red herrings and familiar occult tropes that never add up to much."
In Bloom (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
"The Maze Runner might seem at first to have echoes of Lord Of The Flies, with its community of boys forced to survive in the wild. But it seems to have ingredients of a World War II POW movie, of The Great Escape or Stalag 13."
The Giver (2014)
Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
The Grandmaster (2013)
The Reckoning (2014)
The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (2014)
"The focus remains firmly on the delusional quartet, confidently drawn and depicted. Things fall away around them, however: the supporting characters are less deftly written, and the female characters are particularly disposable."
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Material Girls (2006)
"The themes are dealt with rather hastily, however. The martial arts action also feels a little truncated. But it's the central relationship, the intense, transforming romantic encounter between warrior and witch, that is the least successful element. "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"It's difficult to separate A Most Wanted Man from its central performance, to watch the film without seeing it as an affirmation of Hoffman's singular gifts, of his ability to create a fragile yet powerful character caught between dedication and despair."
Once My Mother (2014)
Devil's Knot (2014)
"In literary adaptations such as Felicia's Journey and The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan has shown that he can depict darkness and explore loss. But here, he feels mired in stereotypes, or dependent on images that documentaries have already created."
Words And Pictures (2014)
The French Minister (2014)
"Snowpiercer feels both heightened and grounded, allegorical yet familiar, able to be experienced. The confined space in no way inhibits tension or excitement, or a sense of forward momentum. It's a film not to be missed."
Reaching for the Moon (2013)
Rio 2 (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
"It's just that there's a particular combination of looseness, swagger, camaraderie, melancholy and melody in the last sequence; the film itself is solid and entertaining, but right at the end it all comes together in a moment of imaginative flight."
"It's intriguing to contemplate the nature of Fassbender's performance, focused on voice and body language, as a fragile man who finds life easier to endure when he's both hidden and highly visible at the same time. "
Ernest & Célestine (2014)
"From its opening credits, [it] proclaims its hand-drawn, delicate, watercolour aesthetic. But it's not all sweetness and light: there's a dark strand of humour and some sly visual gags in this clever tale of opposites."
The Last Impresario (2014)
Gardening With Soul (2014)
My Sweet Pepper Land (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)