The Imitation Game (2014)
Mina Walking ()
"The narrative trajectory is a little familiar, but Nawabi's steely performance will keep you invested in Mina's plight."
"It's not exceptional filmmaking - the characters are particularly thin - but that doesn't make it anything less than necessary viewing."
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"There's room for Charlie Brown in the imaginations of a new generation completely unfamiliar with his embarrassing dilemmas and resilient efforts to dust himself off, haters like Lucy be damned. Charlie Brown is the Dirt Off Your Shoulder OG."
Off The Menu: Asian America (2016)
"Even if Ally Was Screaming occasionally feels like a short film that doesn't know when to stop, I was always curious to see what happened next."
Of Men And War (2015)
"There is no battle footage or graphic imagery, but it's excruciating to watch -- a series of devastating, nakedly human moments showing the cost of war on the men sent to fight it."
"The result is an engaging portrait of a confident young woman, set against the backdrop of a changing India."
"Al-Hwietat, who is in almost every frame, can express a range of feeling without saying a word. The sound is startling, and the landscapes are spectacularly shot by cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler. "
"The opening sequence, set against the chaotic sprawl of Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, is technically impeccable and immediately involving. But then there's the franchise's less appealing baggage."
Nasty Baby (2015)
"Dramatically undercooked and shot in a way that makes the whole thing feel random and amateurish."
"It took four screenwriters to craft this lazy genre entry, which steals the premise and structure of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's 2004 masterwork but doesn't understand it at all."
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
"It's not Octopussy bad -- parts of Quantum are as thrilling as any in the 22-film franchise -- but it's a huge disappointment, especially after Casino Royale renewed 007's licence to thrill."
The Keeping Room (2015)
"When Brit Marling's Augusta wields her rifle in scenes that are both shocking and completely unconvincing, it feels superficially provocative but not the least bit empowering."
"It's an interesting choice, but it isn't handled in a compelling way."
The Assassin (2015)
"The Assassin may seem placid on its surface, but it heaves with tension and feeling."
"As a regular viewer of the franchise, I was especially happy to see the refrigerator-door gag make an appearance this time around, and once again not pay off. Gotta hold something back for the seventh one."
"It never comes close to being as funny, human and insightful about the restaurant industry as a TV series from 2005."
The Price We Pay (2015)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
"Intercutting the story's action with eclectic performance clips from YouTube delivers the film's most intriguing point. You're going to find much more raw talent online than anywhere else in this movie."
"It's of strictly historical interest."
"One of the more inventively framed documentaries of this or any other year."
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
"Everyone loves Bill Murray, right? So we can all agree the guy deserves better than Rock The Kasbah."
Northern Soul (2015)
"Every last detail feels authentic, from the slightly unfashionable clothes to the cramped rooms in which John and his friends sort through records and piles of pills."
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"Jupiter Ascending is kind of goony and more than a little cheesy. But it has some absolutely spectacular highs, including an astonishingly complicated chase over and through Chicago that seems like the reason IMAX 3D was invented."
"If you're going to call your movie Momentum, it really ought to move."
Crimson Peak (2015)
"Whatever it is, it's a pleasure to spend two hours inside it."
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"The film bears comparison to Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon and Prince Of The City for its sense of place and time, and to Coppola's first Godfather for its depiction of a man who places himself at a moral crossroads in defence of his family."
"Aside from a playful structure and some game performances, it doesn't yield fruit."
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
"I love pretty much everything in Sleeping With Other People: Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Andrea Savage, New York City, all of it. And yet this is a contrived, witless, utterly infuriating movie."
Meet The Patels (2015)
"There's a touch of vanity project about the enterprise, but Ravi makes an entertaining narrator, imaginative use is made of animation, and the film sheds light on timeless themes like love, family and honesty. "
Steve Jobs (2015)
"How do you make a Steve Jobs movie in a world where there are already two Steve Jobs movies? You think different, and you turn it into an Aaron Sorkin movie."
"Experimenter may lack the fireworks of this year's other true-life psychological drama, The Stanford Prison Experiment, but that's just fine. It simply takes a different route into the soul of its subject, one that's no less effective."
" Feels like a visit to those kid-friendly haunted houses where brightly coloured ghouls jump out to say "Boo!" - the effect more amusing than scary. "
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Someone will inevitably call Bridge Of Spies "old-fashioned," but don't buy it. The values are vintage, sure, but the storytelling is state of the art."
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"At two hours and 24 minutes it's the shortest of the trilogy, but it still feels longer than it needs to be."
"There's a stylistic gambit at the end that doesn't work at all, but right up until that point People Hold On is a fine little picture. Count me in for Seater's next one."
Red Army (2015)
"If you weren't around in the 80s to hear the tales of the Soviet Union's hockey squad, Gabe Polsky's Red Army brings them to vivid life."
Hyena Road (2016)
"The film acknowledges political and moral quandaries in Canada's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan but then applies the most disingenuous tropes from old-school combat films and westerns to gloss over the grey areas."
"Eadweard is beautifully shot and makes the most of its settings -- Rideout is also the film's production designer -- but the dialogue is utterly on-the-nose, and the performances are all over the place. "
Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)
"Labyrinth Of Lies takes a complex piece of German history --the path to the 1963-65 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials of former Nazis who'd run the infamous Polish death camp -- and reduces it to a glossy, Hollywood-friendly procedural. "
Knock Knock (2015)
"This one has "straight to VOD" written all over it."
99 Homes (2015)
"Garfield and Shannon are both great, though, and Laura Dern contributes a fine supporting turn as Garfield's mother. But they can only do so much with that third act."
The Creeping Garden (2015)
"The Creeping Garden is a serious scientific inquiry that also functions as a trippy philosophical exploration of our place in the world and the really weird things that exist just beneath us."