Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)
"Delivers adrenaline, chutzpah, and fake blood by the bucket-load, continually confounding audience expectations while offering up a twisted valentine to moviemaking in general and the disappearing medium of 35mm film in particular. "
The Way He Looks (2014)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"Just when we're settling into the film being a Lumet-ian character-driven drama, Chandor will, on more than one occasion, organically segue to an adrenaline-packed truck chase that's as exciting as any big action-movie moment of recent memory. "
A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)
"Even with a powerhouse ensemble that includes Williams, Joel McHale, Candice Bergen, Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Clark Duke, and Tim Heidecker, there are almost no Friggin' laughs to be found. "
The Better Angels (2014)
"Those who appreciate Mr. Edwards' appropriation of Mr. Malick's approach will find "The Better Angels" lives up to its aspirations; those with no patience for shots of wind on crops will find the film crashes on the sharp-rocked shore of its pretensions. "
Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014)
"Olive Kitteridge is as flinty, and gloriously thorny, as the title character: HBO's miniseries adaptation starring Frances McDormand doesn't coddle the audience any more than Olive would, unfolding at its own pace, character flaws resolutely on display. "
The McCarthys: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
"Strangely enough, in its thorough devotion to its premise, "Horns" winds up taking concepts of good and evil, god and the devil, and salvation and damnation more seriously than many of the so-called faith-based movies that have come out this year. "
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
"Before I Go To Sleep's combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent Gone Girl, it's hardly a snooze. "
Camp X-Ray (2014)
"Has a great idea behind it - a young female soldier assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay forms a kinship with one of the incarcerated Muslims - but first-time writer-director Peter Sattler doesn't go anywhere interesting with that notion. "
Constantine: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"Citizenfour finds its strength in both the story and the telling: The information about government spying is chilling, of course, but the movie also gives us the opportunity to get to know the elusive Snowden. "
Force Majeure (2014)
"Given its double burden of being both a toy adaptation and a bloodless kiddie horror show, Ouija winds up being more fun than you might think, even if it's the sort of film you can't really take seriously for a second. "
Big Hero 6 (2014)
John Wick (2014)
Listen Up Philip (2014)
The Best Of Me (2014)
""The Best of Me" to actual romance what pro wrestling is to actual sports: A loud, overdone mix of sweaty clinches and implausible events leading to a conclusion you knew well before the start, never mind before the end. "
Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
"There's no mystery that Annie and Jake are meant to be with each other. They're going to get married. The series will just need to draw that inevitability out as long as it can with a whole lot of, well, comedy. "
Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
The Walking Dead: Season 5 (TV, 2014-2015)
The Book of Life (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
""Autómata" is a movie that's all look and no feel, all sizzle and no steak; while it's remarkably easy to appreciate a film with such nimble visuals, the lead-footed storytelling makes it difficult to care. "
Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
"Balasco has created a fully realized world of believable characters that like to express themselves with their fists. The resulting drama makes for compelling viewing... when you don't have to duck your eyes for cover. "
The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
"Mulaney's child-man act just doesn't translate here. He looks so uncomfortable throughout the pilot, over-enunciating each word with a talk-yell approach and stiff movements, which made me uncomfortable too. "
Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014)
Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
The Good Lie (2014)
"Most of the time, Hollywood applies so much energy to warming your heart, the excess energy turns your brain to mush. The Good Lie works as well as it does precisely because of an intelligence, humanity and restraint we rarely see in Hollywood films. "
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
"Occasionally, Hollywood will step forward with a family drama that actually manages to tinker with actual pain... "This Is Where I Leave You" has no edge, no darkness, no texture, no character to speak of. "
Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)
Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2015)
Family Guy: Season 13 (TV, 2014-2015)
Men, Women & Children (2014)
"Reitman clearly wants to get at something human in his films - connection, family, humanity - but he lacks the artistic tools to explore those things; a man stabbing at the stony soil of an archaeological dig with only a Q-tip to uncover its wonders. "
Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)