"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)
90 Minutes In Heaven (2015)
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
The Perfect Guy (2015)
""The Perfect Guy" - which was, it must be pointed out, deliberately not screened for critics prior to release - is a perfect example of how lame, lazy material strands good actors, resulting in a movie that looks great and feels less so. "
De Palma (2016)
"While I wouldn't willingly subject myself to a second viewing of The Bonfire of the Vanities or Snake Eyes, I would happily listen to De Palma expound on what works and what doesn't in those movies."
The Visit (2015)
"Startling but never terrifying, "The Visit" may make a little money, but it does not mark a return to long-lost greatness for Shyamalan. It's more of the same, presented on a smaller, cheaper canvas where you can see every flaw all the more clearly."
Steve Jobs (2015)
A Bigger Splash (2016)
"Feels cobbled together from George Orwell, "THX-1138," "The Giver," perfume commercials and the Apple Store. Heck, before this thing's over, Parker even steals one of Shakespeare's better-known end-of-Act-II plot twists."
The Danish Girl (2015)
A Walk In The Woods (2015)
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
A Sinner in Mecca (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
"If Spotlight were merely about putting the pieces together to break a big news story, it would be interesting enough, but the film gracefully, without overplaying its hand, delves into many provocative ideas and subplots."
The Transporter Refueled (2015)
"The original "Transporter" films were hardy filet mignon - more like Hamburger Helper. "The Transporter Refueled" feels even more bulked up and bland, Hamburger Helper Helper, a re-launch of a franchise that didn't really need, or deserve, one. "
"Tries and fails to spin too many plates. Each of those real-life climbers no doubt had an interesting story to tell, but when shoved together like this they're all reduced to types rather than people. "
Z For Zachariah (2015)
We Are Your Friends (2015)
"Besides Bentley's performance, the only thing "We Are Your Friends" has going for it is the occasional directorial flourish. These jolts are few and far between, but they're most welcome when they arise."
No Escape (2015)
"Between the script and the superior editing by Elliot Greenberg, there's an enormous amount of tension and thrills to be found here; unfortunately, they're all in the service of a movie that's reprehensible to the core."
Digging For Fire (2015)
"With all the pretty, vapid Los Angeles navel-gazers lounging by swimming pools and engaging in pointless (and seemingly endless) conversations, the results feel like a sub-par Henry Jaglom movie, conceived on the quick after a location became available."
She's Funny That Way (2015)
"Despite the farcical set-ups (involving adjoining hotel rooms, private detectives, and a brusque, busybody therapist played with aching exaggeration by Jennifer Aniston), there's very little here that brings the funny."
"Smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters' flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year's best films, even as it lands in theaters amidst the late-summer doldrums."
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
American Ultra (2015)
"The director and screenwriter lose their way, allowing the film's sensibility to degenerate from outrageous to cartoony, and piling up plot contrivances and corpses in stacks so high that they obscure whatever charms the film once might have held."
Mistress America (2015)
"What makes Mistress America so lovely is its balance of compassion and scrutiny: Baumbach and Gerwig don't let these characters get away with their shortcomings, but neither does the film condemn these people or present them as irredeemable."
Fort Tilden (2015)
"The near-miracle that 2014 SXSW prize-winner "Fort Tilden" pulls off is eventually making [its central] familiar and easily hateable pair into nuanced, melancholic and disastrously overcompensating individuals worth getting to know."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
"Refreshingly for children (but especially for adults), there are no lessons to learn and no faults to admonish. Instead, it's an 84-minute, dialogue-free distillation of all the innocent fun we wish childhood could be."
Fantastic Four (2015)
"Director Josh Trank has assembled a quartet of engaging, charismatic performers and stranded them in a miasma of exposition and set-up. So much time is spent putting the pieces on the board that there's barely any time to play with them."
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Best Of Enemies (2015)
The End Of The Tour (2015)