Miles Ahead (2016)
"[The Force Awakens] rarely stops moving, yet its action never seems excessive. That's because combatants and targets always remain clear instead of fuzzed up by the hyper-speed visuals hack action directors use."
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Real people and organic settings always capture the eye more fully, and imply higher stakes, than CGI imagery. Miller ups the ante by ensuring all characters and vehicles are visually striking, either in their good looks or their hideousness."
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
While We're Young (2015)
Furious 7 (2015)
"The ramrod-serious Diesel and Statham sell the dialogue, anyway. So do the more lighthearted Johnson and Tyrese Gibson. Johnson and Gibson wring laughs from obvious jokes. The acting champ of 7, though, is Michelle Rodriguez."
It Follows (2015)
Get Hard (2015)
"Even with Blanchett playing her, the stepmother remains the same uncomplicated villain she was in the 1950 Disney animated film. This is even more disappointing than the Cinderella character lacking gumption, since she's always been bland."
McFarland USA (2015)
Still Alice (2015)
The Boy Next Door (2015)
"Gigli exists. Therefore no other Jennifer Lopez movie can be the worst Jennifer Lopez movie ever made. The silly, clichéd, visually irritating The Boy Next Door gives it the ol' high school try, anyhow."
American Sniper (2015)
Inherent Vice (2015)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Top Five (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"Highlighted by an extraordinary performance by Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything offers an easy introduction to Stephen Hawking for people curious about the brilliant astrophysicist but intimidated by the whole "astrophysicist" thing."
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"Visually urgent, inflected by humor and enriched by savvy performances, the film succeeds on a surface storytelling level and as a deeper exploration of culture -- high, low and whatever sub-floor Twitter fame occupies."
The Judge (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
"Though well-acted and at moments thrilling, "Messenger" fails to satisfy as a story of the little guy taking on government corruption -- because the little guy is crushed and there is no bigger narrative payoff."
Gone Girl (2014)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
When The Game Stands Tall (2014)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
"The first sign Magic in the Moonlight will be one of those Woody Allen duds - the ones that always seem to follow successes such as last year's Blue Jasmine -- is how often the topic of napping arises."
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Life Itself (2014)
"The film takes the audience on a visceral trip back to childhood partly because it shows a real child mature on screen. What completes the effect, though, is masterful writing and directing, by Linklater, and editing, by Sandra Adair."
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
"The thought that these animals are digital creations, crafted via CGI from human actors' motion-capture acting, does not occur until close-ups reveal humanlike expressions. Otherwise, the scenes seem to show living, breathing beings in their habitat."
Begin Again (2014)
Earth to Echo (2014)
"It does not reveal too much to say that road leads to something otherworldly, and that the something otherworldly is kind of cute. But considering the whole story rests on it, it's also not all that much to phone home about."
Venus in Fur (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Words And Pictures (2014)