Looking for Grace (2015)
"Told in a fractured, non-linear style, with overlapping narratives retelling the story from different perspectives, the parts can be tantilising but the whole doesn't come together the way it should, the payoff being more of a whimper than a bang."
The Danish Girl (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"For all his good intentions and adoration of old-school filmmakers, Tarantino has overreached here - a hard thing for a guy with so much talent to do. That said, one thing Tarantino can never be faulted on is the commitment he gets from his players. "
The Big Short (2015)
"It's a dizzying semi-comic, totally serious ride through the canyons of finance, and while you might not comprehend every single turn of phrase...[Director Adam] McKay is careful to keep the emphasis on the character drama."
The 5th Wave (2016)
"What begins with the giddy prospect of a fun apocalyptic alien invasion movie steadily morphs into yet another futuristic heavy-browed teens-vs-grown-ups movie. As its young, reluctant action star Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie; Kick Ass) gives it her all. "
"Director Todd Haynes steers away from the melodrama that drove Far From Heaven (2002), the emphasis here being on restraint, mood and beautifully nuanced performances, all framed by the type of exacting period recreation that has now become standard."
The Revenant (2015)
"The first few minutes will leave you in absolutely no doubt as to the type of visceral, vivid, immersive, armrest-clutching movie experience you're in for...Think of the opening battle sequence in Saving Private Ryan, but with muskets and arrows."
"In what can be taken as an extended and belated apology for their woeful 2008 comedy Baby Mama, funny femmes Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) team up as sisters for another girls-behaving-badly slapstick comedy. "
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
"Anyone who possesses even a passing familiarity with Charlie Brown and the gang from Peanuts should find some appreciable measure of delight with this super-faithful feature film adaptation...a perfectly fine, perfectly safe big-screen translation. "
Point Break (2015)
"There's no disputing the visual quality of the film's stunt sequences: people dive out of planes, through buildings, off cliffs...Unfortunately, there's no trace of the homo-erotic bromance that fuelled the original. "
"A winning, warts-and-all account of how Joy Mangano fought sexism, exploitation and innumerable set backs to get her mop on the Home Shopping Network...Consumed by a defiantly triumphant drive, Jennifer Lawrence out-does herself as a domestic heroine."
"The ham-fisted performances and drifts into cliche keep this from being the powerhouse historical drama it should have been. One wonders what a brilliant social-realist director such as Ken Loach could have done with this. "
Daddy's Home (2015)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
"As bright and fast-moving as it is, The Good Dinosaur is very much a colour-by-numbers effort. Pixar has covered this sort of territory so many times now that recurring themes [about being yourself] have become rote to all but the youngest Pixar fans."
"Delivers precisely what is expected to its fans...The super-high quality of the animation, which places Alvin, Theodore and Simon in the real world, remains a real highlight in these innocuous adventures - it really is an unrecognised art. "
"Dramatically, the film does pull some great aces from up its sleeve...The film also proves what a lot of Star Wars fans have long suspected - that the best thing that could happen to Star Wars would be to take George Lucas out of it."
99 Homes (2015)
Mississippi Grind (2015)
The End Of The Tour (2015)
The Night Before (2015)
" Loaded with party drugs and with Rogen putting in yet another of his rote man-child performances - really, Seth, enough already - it's a pleasant enough time-killer though all the improvised scenes with over-lapping dialogue are a little hard to make out"
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"If it's a rollicking sea adventure you're after, it's hard to beat Ron Howard's wave-riding jaunt across the ocean...Howard keeps at bay any retro-fitted enviro-friendly agenda by making the whale the type of villain who doesn't know when to stop. "
"Heartfelt, respectful franchise extender...The film chiefly uses the events of Rocky III as foreshadowing for this well-thought over story...It's very difficult to imagine anyone with even a passing interest in the Rocky films not enjoying Creed. "
The Program (1993)
"Very good, revealing film about the extraordinary pressure of modern competitive sport and the man who has become something of a negative role model, even though his backstory as a cancer survivor does allow room for sympathy."
The Look of Silence (2015)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
By The Sea (2015)
"[The] direction is so leaden and the pace so slow the film largely unwinds as dramatically inert and uninteresting...one wonders how much better this film would have been had somebody had the nerve to tell [Angelina Jolie Pitt] to lose 20 minutes."
Kaakkaa Muttai (2014)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
"A rousing profile of the teenage Pakistani girl the Taliban tried to kill for her belief in education and equality...one of the unintended pleasures is registering how Malala has become the worst possible nightmare to her failed murderers."
"Despite the novel setting it's remarkable how familiar the film's romantic drama feels. It's like Jane Austen in the Jungle as the characters defy tradition, cause social upheaval and follow their hearts in the quest for happiness."
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Absolutely Anything (2015)
"Ubiquitous British funnyman Simon Pegg in a crazy sci-fi lark directed by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame? Sounds like a match made in Heaven, yeah? Unfortunately, once this tale gets going it feels more like a match made in purgatory."
"An exceedingly mediocre exercise in corporate filmmaking that often feels tired and lazy, just like Craig's performance...Spectre promptly plops into the quicksand of Bond cliches, undoing much of the good work of 2012's Skyfall. What a shame. "
Only The Dead (2015)
"Absolutely outstanding, piercing documentary about the war in Iraq pieced together by Australian war correspondent Michael Ware from the seven years' worth of camcorder footage he took... Easily one of the best accounts of the war so far."
Man Up (2015)
Now Add Honey (2015)
The Dressmaker (2016)
"A winning, whacky, hugely enjoyable slice of Australiana that begins with a whisper and ends with a heck of a bang...unspools as a big, boisterous period comedy driven by a thirst for revenge, a desire for romance and a hunger to entertain. "
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
"An all-but-incomprehensible supernatural action mish-mash in which Vin Diesel plays an immortal modern-day witch hunter... A passable time killer that will lose nothing once it hits the vending machines."
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
The Lobster (2016)
Alex & Eve (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Somehow Steven Spielberg - once the most enthralling, populist and cinematic of all mainstream directors - has turned an exciting page in Cold War intrigue into a dry, turgid history lesson...largely boring."
The Walk (2015)
"Most people should find the film's finale stunning as The Walk fulfils its unstated though obvious brief to present a factually based urban fairy tale designed to recast the towers as beacons of wonder and beauty rather than as symbols of terror."
"There's no denying the film's upbeat feel, and it would be lovely to see the film make a killing here and in India as a reward for its sweet intentions, though it's hard to imagine even Lee's stature in India overcoming his stiffness on screen."
Crimson Peak (2015)