The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
The Last Samurai (2003)
"Mostly, though, The Last Samurai aims for, and achieves, epic sweep: the glory of tradition-bound warriors hurling themselves against the modern world, the grandeur of Hollywood offering two points of view on everything."
Colliding Dreams (2016)
"It's as good a feature-length history of Zionism as we're likely to get: judicious, sophisticated, attentive to a range of viewpoints (both Israeli and Palestinian, as the title suggests), and free from teleology."
Rabin, the Last Day (2016)
"You've got the superbly self-possessed Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata; a stern and witty Angela Bassett ... and Nick Cannon, looking very comfortable in the role of the rap artist and gang leader known as Chi-Raq. They are served both chilled and hot. "
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"Fortunately, Russell in his sincerity has his thoughts on the cotton and also something more: the possibility of being oneself and connecting authentically with other people, in a society warped by artifice. In other words, Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence."
"Coogler has carried off some astonishing set pieces in Creed, including a two-round prizefight shot in a single, continuously mobile take. The scene would have been impressive had it been only a stunt; but like all true acts of cinema, it's more."
The Big Short (2015)
"Crude, vulgar, and heartfelt, The Big Short has the messy vitality that comes only when filmmakers are convinced they really need to tell you something and are determined to entertain you so they'll be sure you're listening."
Son of Saul (2015)
Crimson Peak (2015)
"A story about having to find the world in order to find one's place in it, Brooklyn recreates an immigrant experience that is separated from us by 60 years in time, and perhaps an eternity in sensibility, but that feels immediate and true."
Censored Voices (2015)
"Nielsson takes you into their negotiations and private moments alike, revealing some of the hidden realities in a society that operates by blatant pretense, and (even better) movingly documenting the change that came over Mangwana."
The Martian (2015)
Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
"Despite the sarcasm implicit in Panahi's supposed change of career, his smile in this picture does not seem entirely fake. I felt he was taking a communicable pleasure in the slyness of Jafar Panahi's Taxi."
The Walk (2015)
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
"I am all for Trainwreck, if only because it's one of a handful of films that popped up this summer in which a woman played the lead and talked about some of what she wants. But it wasn't quite as funny as I'd hoped."
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)
"Directed by Heller with a winningly light touch, The Diary of a Teenage Girl doesn't aim to shock, but neither does it play for laughs. It's a comedy in the deeper sense: a story about the unstoppable vitality of the young."
Men in Black II (2002)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Sunshine State (2002)
Langrishe, Go Down (2002)
"I don't know whether a real-life Sin-Dee and Alexandra would approve of the way they're presented in Tangerine. But I think they might appreciate the dignity these characters award themselves and the ambiguity they're sometimes allowed. "
Listen To Me Marlon (2015)
"An impressionistic portrait of Marlon Brando that approaches the condition of autobiography, having been drawn from a previously unheard trove of audiotapes the actor recorded for purposes of self-documentation and self-hypnosis."
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
"The intensely thoughtful director of Yella, Jerichow, and Barbara has returned with his favorite actress, Nina Hoss, for another of their immaculately realized dramas of psychological suspense and social culpability."
Scary Movie (2000)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
"Does this picture leap off the screen, or what? Yes, it leaps -- thanks to Melanie Griffith's eager participation in this act of revenge, Stephen Dorff's unbuttoned nuttiness...and Waters's knowing, caring intelligence about movie culture and its decline."
"What can you hold on to in this fog of halfhearted stereotypes and insubstantial settings? Only the confiding, self-deprecating tone of the narrator and the cleverness of the director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon."
The Wolfpack (2015)
"To Moselle's credit, she avoids turning The Wolfpack into a freak show (just barely). And yet, as you sit there gaping, you long for more insight, about the people you're watching but also about how Moselle made this film."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Unlike action directors of the plodding sort, George Miller doesn't ask you to understand the deliriously strange world into which he throws you headlong. He just wants to change the parts you recognize."
Ex Machina (2015)
True Story (2015)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
"I trust Assayas. After watching Clouds of Sils Maria twice, and taking greater pleasure in it the second time, I'm willing to entertain the possibility that the pomposities he's laid onto the movie might be a warning, to himself as much as the audience."
White God (2015)