Where to Invade Next (2016)
"If you're in a self-loathing mood, you might find yourself nodding along with Moore, a host and narrator who benefits from a jaunty tone and briskly paced editing. But I found the film intellectually facile and politically delusional."
Son of Saul (2015)
"Abrams has adopted the relatively cautious strategy of essentially remaking the original "Star Wars," which allows him to delight fans by bringing back the original players while laying down the groundwork of the new ones."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Christmas, Again (2015)
"Stands in marked contrast to many of the heavily-improvised bro comedies of the last few years, actually taking time over its comic bits rather than just throwing every rambling, shambling improv routine up on the screen."
The Revenant (2015)
The Wiz Live! (2015)
The Lady In The Van (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"Lovers of spectacle for spectacle's sake will come away from the film with sequences to admire, but there's not enough human element to bridge them together. In terms of lasting power, it roars in like a great tide, but then just as quickly dissipates."
The Letters (2015)
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
"It's... made with verve, style, and sparing gore by Tara Subkoff, whose overwrought concern for kids today is more than made up for by her promising debut's grimly mysterious mood and flair for the hipster grotesque."
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
"Certainly aims high in its attempts to marry the personal and the political, but by the time you hit the movie's big third-act twists, the film's inconsistencies and artificialities prevent those moments from playing as anything other than gimmicky."
"That one-two punch of expectations - energizing a franchise and burnishing the acclaim heaped upon Fruitvale Station - seems to have gotten the best of Ryan Coogler, so that Creed emerges as a reverent entry but never a truly refreshed one."
The Night Before (2015)
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
James White (2015)
"Writer-director Josh Mond's feature debut is a devastating portrait of the stress of being a caregiver, particularly one so young, that's remarkably free of sentimentality or a typical tearjerker's cues."
My All American (2015)
"Even those who love inspirational sports films might have to flinch from "My All American" is a movie so square, conservative and humorless that it winds up playing like a brutally straight-faced "South Park" parody of gridiron schmaltz.""
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
"A fantastic and frequently exhilarating feature that showcases Pixar's greatest strengths: technical brilliance, emotional texture, crossover appeal, and an impish sense of humor that takes the utmost advantage of the animated form."
The Big Short (2015)
"The [film]'s Niagara-like cascade of information can be exhausting and impossible to keep up with, but its ambitious and innovative format serves both its subject matter and its dramatic core rather well."
Love the Coopers (2015)
Song Of Lahore (2015)
By The Sea (2015)
Miss You Already (2015)
"Unflinching yet unburdened, "Miss You Already" is like the best kind of hug: warm, reassuring, cathartic, and a fleeting but vital reminder that there's at least as much good in the world as there is bad."
"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)