Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode)
"Once again, the camera tells the tale: It circles like a vulture as actor Peter Dinklage swivels this way and that, turning his head over his shoulders to track down and berate the gazing, gawking eyes of the audience he's forced to endure. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Rogues' Gallery (TV Episode)
"Episodes like tonight's return from winter break -- "Rogues' Gallery" -- recreate the experience of reading a mediocre Bat-book so perfectly that they all but feel plucked from a back-issue bin at a Comic-Con dealer's table. "
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode)
"Delicately treading through that rape-culture minefield made the romp through the Sansa-Littlefinger storyline feel all the stranger -- or more invigorating, if you're into bad daddies and hot-for-teacher fetishism. "
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode)
"[In the] novels, Jaime and Brienne don't make it back to King's Landing until after the wedding, [so] some of the episode's best exchanges wouldn't be possible without the show's changes. But many of its strengths do originate with the originals. "
Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - Eldorado (TV Episode)
"As any actor from Hollywood's hyper-regulated Golden Age could tell you, crime does not pay. Which, as all but the most blinkered of bluenoses recognized even back then, is not to say that crime can't be entertaining. It is, and so was "Eldorado." "
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - Friendless Child (TV Episode)
"[In] Boardwalk Empire's penultimate episode ever -- "Friendless Child" -- walked Nucky Thompson right up to the edge of the great unknown. He's lost everything now, or close enough not to make much of a difference. "
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - Devil You Know (TV Episode)
"Michael K. Williams has always been a master at boiling Chalky alive in his own emotions... he never boils over; he simply burns hotter and hotter. In facing his imminent death, Chalky finally allows himself the luxury of turning off the heat. "
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - King of Norway (TV Episode)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - Cuanto (TV Episode)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - What Jesus Said (TV Episode)
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 - The Good Listener (TV Episode)
"It's a neat little mob morality tale, a one-and-done storyline studded with real-life icons that wraps up the arc of a memorable supporting character and reveals new wrinkles to Nucky's shrewd ruthlessness. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Lovecraft (TV Episode)
Gotham: Season 1 - Harvey Dent (TV Episode)
The Gambler (2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
"For all its tonal shifts and erratic pacing, the film is Burton's heartfelt tribute to the yearning that drives even the most marginalized artist to self expression no matter what the hell anyone thinks. "
Gotham: Season 1 - The Mask (TV Episode)
"Sionis' story is more a "perverse abuse of wealth and power" tale. It's a nice, unexpected palate cleanser, this -- a villain who's just a pure, icky nihilist, and not a broken man with warped ideals. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Penguin's Umbrella (TV Episode)
"It takes a bit of a nose dive as some of the show's dullest half-baked characters bogarted the spotlight for one very undercooked hour -- an installment that stepped outside the Murder of the Week format for the first time yet fell flat on its face. "
A Most Violent Year (2015)
The Interview (2014)
"It's stupid. It's in bad taste. It impossible. I know all that. But Rogen's instinct to try anything for giggles and sticking it to dictatorial assholes is worth fighting for. Screw Kim if he can't take a joke. "
American Sniper (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
"DuVernay's look at Martin Luther King's 1965 voting-rights march against racial injustice stings with relevance to the here and now. Oyelowo's stirring, soulful performance as King deserves superlatives. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Spirit of the Goat (TV Episode)
Gotham: Season 1 - Viper (TV Episode)
"The episode's overall pacing is sluggish; apparently, the folks behind Gotham have been watching Game of Thrones, and its imitation of that masterpiece's scheming-plotting-drinking-eating format is pretty threadbare. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Arkham (TV Episode)
"Terribly fanciful villains are virtually guaranteed to show up in every episode... they're getting more violent every time. Those villains are also the thing helping Gotham hopscotch over the perils of becoming another paint-by-numbers cop show. "
"Director Andrey Zvyagintsev puts contemporary Russia, as up-to-the-minute as Putin and Pussy Riot, under the microscope. Leviathan is a stupendous piece of work that transcends language and borders. "
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his Lord of the Rings triumph, Peter Jackson has sadly saved the worst for last. The Battle of the Five Armies is 20 percent inspiration, 80 percent desperation. "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Top Five (2014)
" The sweetest surprise in this raunchy comic ride is how artfully Rock lets down his guard. His confident, prowling wit as a stand-up has finally found its way to the screen, enhanced by a bracing vulnerability. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
"Inherent Vice, brilliantly scored by Jonny Greenwood, is an Anderson head trip, impure jazz with a reverb that can leave you dazed, confused and even annoyed. But at no time do you doubt that you are in the hands of a master. "
"With the help of a scrappy script by Nick Hornby that allows bursts of humor to break through the darkness, Witherspoon cuts to the bruised core of Cheryl's heart, rattling between desperation and determination. "
The Babadook (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Beyond the Lights (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
"Steve Carell offers a tour de force of slow-burning menace. Foxcatcher, one of the year's very best films, exposes the diseased underbelly of American exceptionalism and knocks the ground out from under you. "
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"The breakthrough star of the season is here. His name is Baymax and he's impossible not to love. The 3-D animated Big Hero 6 would be a ton less fun without this irresistible blob of roly-poly, robot charisma. "
The Theory of Everything (2014)