The Finest Hours (2016)
"The Pendleton rescue ranks with the most amazing stories in nautical history but Disney tweaked and twisted the facts and added hokey, hammy stuff that never happened to the point this comes off more like a high-seas Hallmark movie."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Boy (2016)
The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
"Abrahamson's film does the virtually unimaginable: It stares down inhumanity and, in the process, emerges as perhaps the year's most uplifting cinematic experience. Room won't win Best Picture but it will win your admiration. Maybe even your heart. "
The Big Short (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"Mangano's rags-to-call-in-riches saga is so kitschy and improbable that you can imagine Tim Burton drooling at the thought of taking a seriocomic stab at it. The problem is Russell decided to tell a different sort of story and much of it is a snooze. "
The Letters (2015)
"The movie's writing, direction and acting are not alone in blowing. Ciaran Hope's overwrought score sounds like a mashup of music from hokey old biblical pictures. If a duller, less inspired film hits the cineplex this season, it will be a miracle."
"Cranston brings style and brio to the part but his character rarely achieves three-dimensionality.The man who gave us Roman Holiday, Spartacus, The Brave One, Exodus, Papillon and dozens more deserves far better film treatment than he receives here. "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
"Exodus is all over the place. Except on one point: Scott delivers the all-important spectacle. The well-staged, emotionally resonant Red Sea climax may send viewers out on a high - even as they wonder what exactly they got high on."
Two Days, One Night (2014)
"Two Days is far from a conventional hero's journey, but it's a compelling parable of the choices we make to survive and thrive at work. And it suggests that some of those choices, in their own small way, do change the world."
Furious 7 (2015)
"Another factor that makes Furious 7 highly watchable is director James Wan's commitment to following the action from several characters' points of view within each set piece, and to making that action legible, if rarely plausible."
D Train (2015)
"The D Train touches on ugly truths about the indignities people will suffer to move up a spot in a senseless social hierarchy, be that Hollywood or high school. Its greatest flaw is that it sees its characters as superficially as they see themselves."
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Jurassic World (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"No one should come to a Mission: Impossible movie for anything but those set pieces, and director Christopher McQuarrie delivers some rich ones this time around, with strong assistance from cinematographer Robert Elswit."
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
"Infinitely Polar Bear is a vivid snapshot of one family surviving in a state of chaotic, affectionate imperfection - and of a time when kids "raising themselves" was seen not as neglect but as normal."
"Unlike last spring's Woman in Gold, Phoenix doesn't offer its protagonist even a symbolic victory over history's horrors. But it does suggest that refusing to ignore the ghosts is a small victory of its own."
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Look of Silence (2015)
"Unlike many documentaries on unpleasant subjects, Silence isn't an ordeal you undergo for the information value. It's no upbeat experience, but it is always absorbing, and it is sometimes disturbingly beautiful."
"Mockingjay is a lengthy demonstration packed with more grief and soul searching than fun, to some readers' dismay... Yet it's hard not to admire the chutzpah of a heroic epic that debunks everything about heroes and epics."
"The filmmakers and cast are careful to focus on the drudgery, dead ends and shoe leather that go into an enterprise of this scale, eschewing sensationalism. Of the film's 128 minutes, not one is wasted on self-righteous grandstanding or speech making."
Love the Coopers (2015)
"Dialogue so dumb it will make your ears bleed-some of it spoken by a pet; one-dimensional characters with zero entertainment value; Keaton, as usual, wearing selections from the Jane Jetson Collection and overacting. Love the Coopers is ho-ho-hopeless. "
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
"Look closely and you'll see this isn't really a movie about computers at all. The machines are there, but the new iterations introduced in the launches-the ones the filmmakers are truly interested in-are the slowly new and improved models of Jobs the man."
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Spielberg's latest is like a double agent: Coded into this tale of Cold War intrigue is a stinging indictment of U.S. policy during our wars in the Middle East. Just exactly where, the film urges viewers to ask, are the James Donovans of today? "
The Walk (2015)
"Having digitally rebuilt the city with astonishing historical accuracy, Zemeckis stages Petit's 45 minutes on a cable, 1,600 feet above the street, as one of the most lovely, terrifying, suspenseful and joyous sequences in movie history."
The Martian (2015)