"Each of these nesting narratives is completely fascinating and Jarecki, Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier approach the layered fabulation with the confidence of people who have put seven years of work into this and know how they want every beat to play out. "
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"Fresh Off The Boat is significant for the vacuum it fills in a TV landscape that is belatedly being forced to realize that if you fill a vacuum you can make money. But maybe you should just watch Fresh Off The Boat because it's funny. "
Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There are times when Backstrom comes very close to feeling like a functional light-hearted mystery series. But then Backstrom wanders into frame, puffing on his cigar and tossing around some creaky insult, and the fun goes away in a hurry. "
Justified: Season 6 (TV, 2015)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Broad City: Season 2 (TV, 2015)
"It's one of the most purely funny shows on television -- where many "comedies" are really dramas in half-hour form, and others are likable but rarely laugh-out-loud funny -- and it's only more confident, sharp and its own thing in the new season. "
Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (TV, 2015)
"The time jump doesn't turn [it] into a new show, nor does it dunk the series in some kind of comic fountain of youth, but it does provide a fresh enough start to get us through 13 more episodes without feeling like we've seen it all too many times before. "
Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There is, like so many of the shows in this indie comedy wave, a sense of great intimacy to Togetherness, as if we're spying on these people as they watch their lives fall apart and try to reassemble them. But there's also assured storytelling. "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode)
Inherent Vice (2015)
"You'll read plenty of comparisons to Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye or The Big Lebowski by the Coens, but it's really not doing the same thing either of those films did. This is a singular thing, and it is gorgeous. "
Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Galavant: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There are enough solid pieces here -- primarily Omundson and the songs (which I enjoyed as I watched, even if I couldn't hum a bar of them a week later) -- that I would hope Galavant could, like The Neighbors, figure itself out in time. "
Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"Atwell is so good, and the show has so much fun with the period setting, that it's a really promising start for Agent Carter -- and also a very encouraging sign for all the upcoming Marvel TV shows. "
Banshee: Season 3 (TV, 2015)
"I've seen six episodes, each of them offering me some kind of visual or stunt or other flourish that I hadn't seen in quite that way before, and bringing in more interesting actors and characters to play in this strange, fun, dangerous sandbox. "
Cougar Town: Season 6 (TV, 2015)
Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode)
"Bleak or not, this is an amazing television show -- and one that, with few exceptions, doesn't wallow in the misery being suffered by its characters -- as demonstrated by an excellent episode like "Mockingbird." "
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode)
"Marvelous episode. Even though the first half featured a lot of the B-team, those scenes looked wonderful, and the show always picks up such steam when it gets to stay in one place for a while as it did here. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Rogues' Gallery (TV Episode)
"The problem with keeping things simple, though, is that if your main storyline is a dud, there's precious little else to keep things interesting, which was unfortunately the case with "Rogues' Gallery." "
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode)
""The Lion and the Rose" felt no need to rush, and the rest of it -- both the intersection of so many characters, and the mounting tension that erupted in Joffrey's assassination -- was so much more satisfying for it. "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
The Guest (2014)
"Stevens has a great ability to turn on the charm in one moment, then drop it and go deadly serious in the next, and the way you're never sure what's actually coming out of David is one of the film's pleasures. "
"The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully. "
"The script certainly couldn't give more of itself to its leading lady, and Chilean TV star Garcia accepts with a wondrous star turn that makes plain Gloria's inner vitality, but doesn't stint on the petty insecurities holding her back in other respects. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - Waterloo (TV Episode)
"The achievement of "Waterloo" is in some ways more impressive, because the show has given us this exact episode two times previously and yet managed to do one that was more exciting and emotionally satisfying than the ones before. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Strategy (TV Episode)
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Runaways (TV Episode)
"In a traditional Mad Men season, an off-kilter episode might still have value in building momentum for [what's to come.] But we only have two more episodes of the show in 2014, and the ones that don't entirely work stick out more in a smaller sample size. "
Mad Men: Season 7 - The Monolith (TV Episode)
The Brass Teapot (2013)
Mad Men: Season 7 - Field Trip (TV Episode)
The LEGO Movie (2014)