The Revenant (2015)
Point Break (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
"In Carol, all the elements dovetail perfectly to create a movie that is as irresistible as its title character. The movie has an allure that is almost trancelike, mimicking for the viewers the inescapable attraction experienced by the two main characters."
Daddy's Home (2015)
"The film showcases the remarkable way [Lawrence] can command a movie, even when it gets sidetracked. Her focus never wavers in bringing out the best of this version of the American dream. What a joy for any moviegoer to witness."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"Rather than find a way for opposing ideas to coexist and overlap in the same scene, Russell's movie staggers from one theme to the next, shrilly insisting all along the way that the viewer feel something."
The Danish Girl (2015)
"Despite The Danish Girl's lack of specificity regarding what motivates Einar's transformation into Lili Elbe, the film is still quite lovely. Its compositions are lovely to look at, and the performances engaging. "
"Rumination and regret dominate the proceedings, but the exquisite visual splendor of the film is a character in its own right and lightens the tone just enough to keep it from tipping over into the maudlin. Certain perfect sequences stay with you."
"As a nostalgia trip that knows exactly what die-hard Star Wars fans want and then layers in some memorable new characters, The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big."
"Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw's vision is one of pummeling beauty. You could drop out the sound and be content with their red- and blue-bathed sceneries of mayhem, the white fog that obscures a blighted land."
A Royal Night Out (2015)
Don Verdean (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
"Director Howard, his actors, and indeed the entire salty sweep of the film are all aided tremendously by visual-effects supervisor Jody Johnson and his team's spectacular combination of live action and flawless, awe-inspiring CGI creations."
"Viewed from the perspective of this young Bedouin, Theeb presages both the treacherous partitioning of Arab lands at the end of the Great War, as well as all the terrible echoes of the colonialism that continue to plague us today."
The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015)
"It's a rush, albeit a dark and ever more disturbing one, kind of like taking some bad acid and mainlining Seijun Suzuki's greatest hits while being battered about the face and neck by a gang of yakuza thugs rolling hard on equally awful ecstasy."
The Letters (2015)
"The movie simply doesn't act on the dare to portray Mother Teresa as someone more complicated than the way the world otherwise views her, leaving you to wonder why it's titled The Letters in the first place."
"Two Tom Hardys for the price of one certainly sounds like a steal of a deal. But if this movie makes it into his future highlight reel, it'll be for level of difficulty, not because the film itself has made much of a bid for posterity."
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
"Nods to Jack Pierce's iconic, Karloffian monster design of 1931, Victorian opium consumption, and even Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein pop out all over the place, nicely placed and often when you least expect them."
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
"The re-creation of the American Northwest scenery is stunning to behold. Mountains, rivers, rocky expanses, woolly mammoth herds, a field of fireflies -- there's always something sumptuous to look at."
By The Sea (2015)
"While the film has about two endings too many, it's an entertaining and exciting dystopian adventure that should satisfy fans of the series. It sets a high bar for YA adaptations that doesn't look like it's going to be raised anytime soon."
The Night Before (2015)
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
"For some, watching a movie like this can be hard, but Shults does the audience the favor of attacking his story head on. His unflinching eye gives us a cathartic view of the very real pain that can exist in domestic life troubled by addiction."
Love the Coopers (2015)
Dangerous Men (2015)
The 33 (2015)
"Solomon's skills as a raconteur, the employees' unabashed love for their work, and the constant stream of rock music playing in the background advance the film into something much more than a talking-heads documentary."
"Baijnauth struck gold with his five baristas. Their collective passion steers the sometimes-unfocused narrative, and their perfectionist brushes with madness give this celebratory portrait a slight edge."
Miss You Already (2015)
The Peanuts Movie (2015)