The Wedding Ringer (2015)
"As a film about self-discovery, Wild doesn't have the beauty, depth or spiritual appeal of Sean Penn's modest masterpiece Into the Wild (2007). Still, it is a gorgeously filmed paean to determination and the ever-elusive goal of self-improvement."
American Sniper (2015)
"The film is not, by any fair measure, a battle hymn or a call to arms. As with The Hurt Locker the film's intent is to engender respect for those doing the fighting, not to justify the reasons for the fighting. American Sniper is pro-warrior, not pro-war."
St. Vincent (2014)
"Bill Murray does insouciance so well it's hard to complain, even when watching him go through his well-worn motions yet again in the first half of this enjoyable, if routine, bitter-sweet suburban comedy."
Mr. Turner (2014)
The Water Diviner (2015)
"The moving message of The Water Diviner is humane and, thankfully, not delivered with a hamfist. Given the formidable list of great directors Crowe had worked with, Ron Howard appears to be the one who has had the most influence on his emerging style."
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"Visually, the film is 21st century digital filmmaking at its best... Magnificently realised with what appears to be a limitless budget...director Peter Jackson and his team have gone all out with the staging of Middle-earth war."
"As much as we fear remakes of classic films there are, on occasion, heartening examples where it's done right. Here we have a nicely updated, jazzed-up version of the unfairly maligned 1982 John Huston musical."
Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)
"Stamped out by the Hollywood animation cookie cutter, the film will no doubt please kids but, one dares suggest, adults might find the film's non-stop movement and noise somewhat tiring this time around."
The Imitation Game (2014)
"Deftly directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film does a great job building tension as these eggheads bond in a common cause against the Nazis. Yet as a cinematic celebration of the work Turing and his team did, the film is heavily qualified. "
Taken 3 (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
"Disney's enthralling, enormously entertaining film version of Stephen Sondheim's 1987 Broadway musical comedy is such a joy it makes you wonder what took them so long...Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) never puts a foot, or a note, wrong. "
"To be frank, as an actress Jolie has disappointed more than she has pleased. Thus, it would be a welcome mid-life shift to see less of her work before the camera and more of her work as a serious filmmaker whose defining trait is clearly compassion."
"Michael Keaton is astounding in this brilliantly conjured piece of stream-of-consciousness cinema by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu...Prepare to be enthralled, dazzled, delighted and disturbed."
Paper Planes (2015)
"In one of the great career gear shifts in recent memory, Melbourne director Robert Connolly, who gave us such searing dramas as The Bank, Three Dollars and Balibo, delivers an adorable family film that is uplifting, warm, winning and, most of all, funny."
Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
"Absolutely fascinating doco about the secret life of Vivian Maier, a plain-looking Chicago nanny who secretly took hundreds of thousands of street photographs during her life without telling or showing anyone. "
Love, Rosie (2015)
"As romantic-comedies go, this worthwhile, incident-packed effort deserves credit for spending the balance of its time exploring the underside of love...The last time we saw that done this well was 27 Dresses. "
My Mistress (2014)
"Debut director Stephen Lance makes it all look pretty enough, but the film is so staid, safe and polite it's often just plain dull. If only the film had a real taste for the transgressions it gingerly depicts, it could have been Australia's Blue Velvet. "
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
For No Good Reason (2014)
"The process of creating a painting isn't as automatically intertesting as, say, that of making a film, but...the technical and artistic inspirations that fuel an artist can sometimes be as fascinating as the finished work."
"What makes Interstellar one of the best, most enthralling, intelligent and moving science-fiction films of modern cinema is not so much the inter-galactic journey it takes you on as the emotional journey."
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
"Terrific ensemble family comedy-drama...Directed by comedy specialist Shawn Levy who slowly, skilfully shifts gear from comedy to drama as the issues get deeper and ever more complicated. A very satisfying trip. "
Son of a Gun (2015)
Force Majeure (2014)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
"Director Rowan Joffe, who adapted the screenplay from the best-seller by S.J. Watson, pulls off a stylish mystery for most of its duration, though the self-serious tone adds tarnish rather than polish to this otherwise engaging, diverting affair."
"When Melissa McCarthy tries cracking wise in front of the camera in what are obviously attempts at improvisation, man, those moments feel like they go on forever. And there's way too many of them. She strives for punchlines that never eventuate."
The Judge (2014)
"Thankfully out of his Iron Man suit and away from his usual pantry of excuses to ham it up, Robert Downey Jr reminds us what a fine dramatic actor he is in David Dobkin's finely honed, prestige legal drama. "
"Given how good Smith can be with actors, it's a surprise he didn't make good on the promise of his premise and turn this into a full-blooded comic-horror lark. The first half-hour of Tusk has some terrifically creepy moments that are just not paid off. "
The Case Against 8 (2014)
"While you've got to admire the chutzpah of a feature documentary that declares its bias by only showing half of a decidedly two-sided story, the downside is that...the constant repetition of arguments and pounding of rhetoric can become wearying. "
"An excellent prequel to The Conjuring, this frightfest, beautifully directed by John R. Leonetti, takes us back to the early 1970s for an nerve-jangling, first-class haunting stuffed to the gills with old-school spookery."
Gone Girl (2014)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Advanced Style (2014)
In Bloom (2014)
"Portraying lives a universe away from the malls and frippery of their Western counterparts, Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria) cope with food shortages, bullying, bad families, a ramshackle education system [and] forced marriages. "
The Equalizer (2014)
The Little Death (2015)
"In lesser hands The Little Death could easily have been a misguided mess, yet [writer/director] Lawson shows an uncanny sureness of touch with difficult scenes and is able to toggle the tone from story to story. "
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Life Of Crime (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)