The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
"With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as The Mysteries of Laura, it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984. "
The Maze Runner (2014)
Beyond the Lights (2014)
Top Five (2014)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
The Judge (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Red Army (2015)
The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014)
"Season 4 amps up the misery, assuming that it's inherently the same as profundity. Bleakness doesn't inherently make something deep and compelling, especially not when your central character isn't well-drawn enough to support all this unhappiness. "
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"Legends opens with Martin wrapping up a six-month assignment, but after that, the structure seems to be for him to assume and discard identities in rapid order in a way that removes much of the intrigue and emotional danger of the premise. "
Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"It wants to yield a difficult yarn and it does, but it also wants to make sure you don't fall behind so that when you're guessing, you're puzzled by the things Blick wants you guessing, not by broader things. "
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"The opening scene is gorgeous, and his style blends perfectly in with the period. There are many scenes of characters walking and talking, but also sequences that are extremely tense, or surprising, or strange, simply for the way Schlamme shoots them. "
Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"The whole thing is every bit as joyless, airless and uncomfortable as the marriage it's depicting -- a show filled with miserable, unlikeable characters that doesn't provide them with writing remotely sharp enough to compensate. "
You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)
"That's Boardwalk Empire. It may not have the mystery or emotional depth of The Sopranos, but it lays out its story and makes sure all the pieces fit together very, very well at the end. And when you get to the end, that can feel awfully satisfying. "
Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)
"Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer. "
The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"[TV] needs another vampire drama like the Germans needed extra goals [against] Brazil, but [it] is packed with so much macabre imagery and clever ideas that it doesn't feel like the resuscitation of a tired genre, but the launch of something new and fun. "
The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)
Earth to Echo (2014)
The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"Many will hate it. But there will be viewers in whom it strikes a chord so deeply that they will feel themselves overwhelmed by it in the best possible way: not like they're drowning in the misery, but like it's teaching them a new way to breathe. "
Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)
They Came Together (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
Murder in the First: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010)
Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)
"Man oh man are the first six episodes of season 2 wonderful. In many ways, they're better than their counterparts from the first season, because Jenji Kohan has a better sense of the stories, characters and actors she has on hand. "
22 Jump Street (2014)
"Suffice it to say that it is a cannily-constructed film, and it does have a bigger "movie" feel than the first film. There are places where they swing for some big jokes that don't quite work, but the ambition is dizzying all the way through. "