Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
"Caught between straight-up James Bond and the Austin Powers parody version, Kingsman is a high-octane combo of action and comedy that breathes surreal new life into the big-screen spy game where Bond meets Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"I'm shocked - shocked, do you hear me?!? - that the film version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is such a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn. Strictly intended for gluttons for punishment-by boredom. "
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Gotham: Season 1 - The Scarecrow (TV Episode)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 - Mijo (TV Episode)
"Would it be weird to call Better Call Saul lovely? Okay, not during the leg-breaking. Or the screaming about the leg-breaking. Or the vomiting after the leg-breaking. But still! After tonight's episode "Mijo," that's the word that comes to mind. "
Apartment Zero (1989)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 - Uno (TV Episode)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"This kind of pandering FX padding, unnurtured by humor or heart, is what shifts Jupiter Ascending from a shambles to a fiasco. The Wachowskis wind up where you never expected to find them creatively: on the ropes. "
Gotham: Season 1 - The Fearsome Dr. Crane (TV Episode)
The Humbling (2015)
"This is Pacino's best film performance in years. In playing an actor who has lost the art of fooling himself, he reveals with mordant wit the terrors of diminished capacity. To watch him do it is a master class. "
Song One (2015)
Black or White (2015)
"Kevin Costner gives everything he's got to the role, but writer-director Mike Binder, who worked beautifully with Costner on 2005's The Upside of Anger, finds himself on the downside of juggling stereotypes. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon (TV Episode)
Black Sea (2015)
Red Army (2015)
Gotham: Season 1 - What the Little Bird Told Him (TV Episode)
Still Alice (2015)
Girls: Season 4 (TV, 2015)
Broad City: Season 2 (TV, 2015)
"The failure of life to imitate Broad City is something most of us have to accept at some point. But not Abbi and Ilana - it's never even occurred to them that life isn't supposed to be this. That's what makes hanging out with them such a joy. "
Taken 3 (2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode)
"Sometimes Game of Thrones is a widescreen epic fantasy, other times it's a small-scale study of violent lives. At its best -- and "The Children" is certainly this show at its wide and wild best -- Game of Thrones is all of these things, simultaneously. "
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode)
"Sam shooting down Jon's rote description of his ex-girlfriend's appearance by sarcastically asking about the size of her feet, insisting on finding out what it's like to love and be loved, was perhaps the show's sharpest work yet on the subject. "
"Gruesome even by the standards of today's ultraviolent Prestige TV, the climax of "The Mountain and the Viper" proves the power of gore to do more than just gross people out. Which it did - oh boy, did it ever. "
Hindsight: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode)
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)