The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)
Three Night Stand (2015)
Blood Brother (2013)
"In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet."
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
"Pleasingly old-school, Thor: The Dark World has a greater kinship with the science-fiction movies of the 1950s or even the first Star Wars cycle than the more earthbound adventures of Tony Stark and the rest of Thor's fellow Avengers."
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
"Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography."
All Is Lost (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
"What opens as an often perceptive study of ordinary men struggling to cope with forces beyond their grasp becomes a juiced-up action thriller, full of angry exchanges of bullets and bullet-point dialogue."
The Dirties (2013)
Under the Skin (2014)
"The most striking passages deliver a heartily Kubrickian dose of science-fiction erotica but the movie's menacing allure evaporates midway through, followed by the last vestiges of a comprehensible plotline."
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
"Though the subject matter inevitably seems a little sexed-up and contrived compared to recent docs like How to Survive a Plague, director Jean-Marc Vallée rarely wastes an ounce of Matthew McConaughey's gusto."
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)
"The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations."
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Muscle Shoals (2013)
"Music docs with untold stories about unsung talents are an increasingly scarce commodity. But Muscle Shoals hits pay dirt with this vivid history of two recording studios that became crucial hotbeds of deep Southern soul and funky rock 'n' roll."
Enough Said (2013)
"Though the general anxiety level doesn't run quite as high in Enough Said as it did in Holofcener's brilliant 2010 effort, Please Give, there's still a fine balance of the same acerbic humour and messy emotional vulnerability."
"Its scenes of bloodied doctors, panicked aides, and devastated Secret Service Agents are gripping, but Parkland is marred by Landesman's efforts to ensure that the historical importance of every moment is not lost on viewers. "
We're The Millers (2013)
"An affable if only passably funny effort that reunites Jason Sudeikis with his Horrible Bosses co-star Jennifer Aniston, We're the Millers rides much the same highway as National Lampoon's Vacation did in an earlier era of raunchy road comedies. "
Iron Man 3 (2013)
I Declare War (2013)
"It's no small feat for the audacity of I Declare War's premise - presenting an afterschool game of war in a way that looks and feels as real to viewers as it does to the youngsters in the thick of it - to be matched by the cunning of its execution"
The Great Gatsby (2013)
"For all of its flash, the movie aims for the utmost sincerity as a grand love story. Alas, Luhrmann doesn't quite have Fitzgerald's finesse when it comes to handling the shift between gilt-edged satire and heart-rending pathos. "
Portrait of Wally (2012)
The Company You Keep (2013)
Tai Chi Hero (2013)
"Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures."
To The Wonder (2013)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013)
Love, Marilyn (2012)
"Garbus' use of Monroe's own words are plenty wrenching at times but they don't add much to our collective understanding of either the enduring myth or the truth about the damaged woman who existed behind that sexpot façade. "
Evil Dead (2013)
"For all of his movie's predictability, director Fede Alvarez finds several ways to increase the creep factor, largely by playing the scares straight and sticking to an unabashedly old-school approach. "
The Host (2013)
"Director Andrew Niccol is completely unable to add any depth or elegance to Meyer's pedestrian storytelling and thin characters. We can only presume that those aliens have already gotten hold of his body already."
Wake in Fright (2012)
Beyond The Hills (2013)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)
New World (2013)
"However familiar its moves may sometimes be, New World continually punches above its weight and that's true even when the screen isn't filled with black-suited extras assaulting each other with knives and baseball bats."
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Blood Pressure (2012)
"Director Sean Garrity fashions something tense, steely, and affecting out of a premise that might've yielded an erotic fantasy if the events here weren't so rooted in its suburbanite heroine's mid-life malaise."
Dead Man Down (2013)
"Snitch's storyline has distinct echoes of Breaking Bad but it's hard to say where to place it on the proverbial TV dial due to its sometimes clumsy shifts between Lifetime-style earnestness and a tougher sensibility better suited to FX."
"Neighbouring Sounds might be considered something of a horror movie for Brazil's urban bourgeoisie. One of Filho's most audacious tactics is to package what might've otherwise been an Altmanesque ensemble drama as a sort of existential thriller."
Identity Thief (2013)