"It's certainly a compliment to director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby (adapting the novel by Colm Tóibín) that the film calls to mind Steven Spielberg and even John Ford in its willingness to commit to the grand gesture."
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)
"At the doc's centerpiece is a newly discovered set of audio interviews. ... Those tapes reveal a wealth of biographical detail that never adds up to a full portrait. ... "Art Addict" may be encyclopedic, but it's all-too-rarely insightful."
The Leisure Class (2015)
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"The documentary grows to feel like a parent describing their daughter's involvement in an international competition. The girls' achievements are impressive, but you definitely don't want to hear about them for nearly two hours."
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
"Much of what the film considers fodder for satire is too familiar to feel revelatory or shocking, while characters that start out believable behave in unrecognizably ludicrous ways simply because the script forces them to. "
Nasty Baby (2015)
The 33 (2015)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
""Suffragette" derives its considerable intellectual and emotional might from recognizing the symbolic nature of the vote. ... That practical view makes the [film] not just an urgent history lesson but also a perceptive human drama. "
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
""The Last Witch Hunter" aims for pulpy, comic-book fun, but it's never as fleet, funny, or detailed as it needs to be. If you're looking for something above middling in terms of plot, characters, [or] world-building, you'll need to seek it elsewhere."
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
I Smile Back (2015)
"Laney's medley of maladies would ring terrifyingly true in real life, but on screen, the character comes across as opaque and underdeveloped despite a vulnerable and committed performance by Silverman."
"A film that's about the importance of asking questions and speaking truth to power - and we know this because every other scene has a character launching into a monologue about the importance of asking questions and speaking truth to power. "
The Assassin (2015)
Crimson Peak (2015)
"The insanely lush Gothic romance and ghost story plays like a hitherto unrecorded collaboration between Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, the designers of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and whoever directed all those Bonnie Tyler music videos in the 1980s. "
Knock Knock (2015)
""Director Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," a remake of the 1977 exploitation picture "Death Game," sometimes plays more like a comedy than like the grungy thriller that inspired it, but that's often all to the good.""
"Shot in a single, 138-minute take and set in real time, "Victoria" is immersive but rarely insightful about its protagonist. The title is a misnomer anyway; this uneven but funny and engrossing drama is less about Victoria than about time itself."
Steve Jobs (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Addicted To Fresno (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
The Martian (2015)
"Not only does the film stress the importance of using math and physics to solve problems, but it also makes a plot based on scientific inquiry as exciting and unpredictable as the kind that involves punching everyone and then blowing everything up."
The Walk (2015)
""'The Walk' is that rare movie that might please practically everyone, from viewers just looking for a thrill to those who might enjoy a story that sounds like a tall tale but winds up being discreetly poignant.""
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
"Whereas the jokes in the Grown Ups series feel reactionary and bullying, the family-friendly Hotel Transylvania gags instead come off as clever and humane, even when they're making fun of helicopter moms and lawsuit-sensitive summer camps."
The Green Inferno (2015)
Brand: A Second Coming (2015)
"The tone is so erratic and artificial that it wouldn't feel surprising if the movie suddenly became a musical. And as the film gets duller and duller, you find yourself wishing these characters would break into song, just for variety's sake."
The Intern (2015)
" Considering the movie's fortune-cookie-style "insights" that old and young have much to learn from each other, it's only appropriate that De Niro and Hathaway's charms, and those alone, comprise the saving graces of "The Intern.""
"Ugly to look at, shrill to listen to, and performed by actors who have been encouraged to camp it up madly in the style usually favored by aging British sitcom stars playing storybook characters in Christmas panto productions."
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
The New Girlfriend (2015)
"It's a politically timid work, but an unabashedly emotional experience. By turns suspenseful, aching, and exuberant, it offers a buoyant tale of self-discovery that's rooted in questionable modes of mourning."
Son of Saul (2015)
Louder Than Bombs (2016)