Force Of Destiny (2015)
Cut Snake (2015)
"A tough little crime drama full of muted anger, growled dialogue and whispered threats...Much as we applaud the achievements of filmmakers working on small budgets, you can't hand out free passes when those limitations hobble the flow and feel of a film."
The Visit (2015)
Blinky Bill The Movie (2016)
"Sweet-hearted, brightly animated, fun-filled children's film...easily the measure of the stuff we see from mega-studios such as Dreamworks and Pixar, and though the animation doesn't quite have their scale or dazzle it's certainly of world standard."
Another Country (2015)
How To Change The World (2015)
"Packed with high-quality action and superb direction by Wes Ball (who did the first Maze), the film does not feature any of the plot potholes, infuriating inconsistencies or maddening logical leaps that riddle its rival dystopian franchises."
"Pixels really is a well-made, totally harmless, highly enjoyable piece of family film confection, and it's hard to connect the venomous reviews with the film that's up there on the screen...Sandler must be laughing his heads off at his haters. "
The Transporter Refueled (2015)
American Ultra (2015)
"Nerdy Jesse Eisdenberg as an action man? You better believe it as he devours his role as a slacker/CIA sleeper agent who is targeted for termination...A very tight, enjoyable action comedy romp with Kristen Stewart providing great value-add."
A Walk In The Woods (2015)
"In one of the most generous pieces of movie casting ever, travel writer Bill Bryson is portrayed by Robert Redford in this lazy, feather-light adaptation of his book about walking the Appalachian Trail."
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
The Wolfpack (2015)
"Six brothers and a sister locked in a New York apartment...turn to the movies as their main means of connecting to the outside world... An admittedly bizarre documentary, chiefly because of how normal and unaffected they all now seem. "
Best Of Enemies (2015)
"Veteran John Jarratt co-directed this with Kaarin Fairfax, and while they let fly at each other with copious energy, their verbal conflagration could have benefitted from fewer swear words, more jokes and a tighter running time. "
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
"We have become so conditioned to calling Meryl Streep a great actress that we tend to regard any performance she gives as great. This, of course, is not always the case, as her work in this boring, badly made, wafer-thin, tiresome film attests. "
The Gift (2015)
"What starts out as a standard psycho drama soon develops into a deliciously malicious tale of deceit and secrecy, ridden with some ingenious left turns...will hopefully see Edgerton serve more time behind the camera."
Holding The Man (2015)
"Director Neil Armfield sidesteps melodrama to deliver a heart-breaking, sensitive, poignant portrait of love and loss. Anthony LaPaglia and Guy Pearce provide sturdy support as the fathers...2015 is turning into a stellar year for Australian film "
Irrational Man (2015)
"Though much has been made of the physical transformation Jake Gyllenhaal put himself through to look like a real boxer, Southpaw is a fairly standard, by-the-numbers boxing melodrama that hits all those beats we're accustomed to through the Rocky films."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Last Cab To Darwin (2016)
"Touching, topical, emotionally raw and delicately directed, it's a heartfelt road film full of humour and pathos that never puts a foot wrong and never, ever, cheats its audience...The performances throughout resonate with authenticity."
"As with so many of the man-child comedies of the last decade, the film is essentially a cautionary comic tale, its vulgar veneer serving to veil a set of home-spun truths and conservative values about commitment, loyalty, love and common sense."
Fantastic Four (2015)
"A hugely entertaining action thriller from a trusted movie brand...All up, MI:5 is a terrifically kinetic, lean, crowd-pleasing spectacle, and yet another cinematic expression of the deep love Cruise has for his audience."
Far from Men (2015)
Freedom Stories (2015)
"Few people have documented the plight of asylum seekers as comprehensively or as compassionately as director Steve Thomas, whose films Welcome to Woomera (2004) and Hope (2008) set the groundwork for the moving Freedom Stories."
13 Minutes (Elser) (2017)
"In the cool, confident hands of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel - the man behind the definitive Hitler film, Downfall - this measured recounting unspools as an effective thriller rather than as a history lesson."
The Gallows (2015)
"More low-budget, found-footage horror shenanigans as a clutch of high schoolers trapped inside a haunted theatre go running around, screaming. There's a lot of shaky-cam and green night vision, but not much in the way of originality, style or real scares."
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"Toggling seamlessly between the older and elder Holmes, a perfectly cast Ian McKellen is the gleaming centrepiece here, with director Bill Condon being careful to make him the best piece of period detail in the film."
Ruben Guthrie (2015)
"It might be a case of something essential getting lost in the translation, but first-time director Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his play about an alcoholic advertising man on the road to redemption is a well-intentioned mess."
Women He's Undressed (2016)
"Veteran director Gillian Armstrong's wonderfully stylish documentary about Orry-Kelly is a celebration of the once-famous, then-forgotten, now-famous-again Australian costume designer who conquered Hollywood and Cary Grant. Brash, bright and full of cheek"
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Paper Towns (2015)
"Next to Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is easily the most enjoyable, unashamedly fun and least pretentious superhero film to emerge from the computer-generated clutter of the Marvel movie universe."
Madame Bovary (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"It's got to be said that while there's no real story as such in the harmless, totally unnecessary follow-up to the 2012 hit Magic Mike there is an undeniable paleolithic charm to the low-brow lunkhead bromance."
"In the final film of Tom Six's self-consciously sick horror-comedy series, the concept of the "human centipede" - easily the most original and repulsive in modern horror - is merrily taken to its logical conclusion."
"Brutally honest, lovingly made biographical documentary chronicling the rise, fall, recovery and relapse of Amy Winehouse, modern music's most tragic talent... A compelling, absolutely heart-breaking portrait."
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"Astonishingly bad high-tech turkey...director Alan Taylor ditches any emotional connection to the original in favour of the usual 21st century tangle of clashing storylines amidst a blizzard of very expensive, very loud, very boring visual effects."
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
"With the immeasurable aid of a great cast, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen; The Hunt) mounts a very honourable adaptation of Thomas Hardy's sweeping melodrama about lust, doomed romance and how not to pick a husband."
Love & Mercy (2015)