X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Under the Skin (2014)
"Neighbors contains some hilarious sight gags. But other moments get lost in director Nicholas Stoller's inundation of retaliatory scenes punctuated by shaky camera work and frat-house strobe lights."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Other Woman (2014)
Cesar Chavez (2014)
"In its enumeration of victories and setbacks within that time frame, Chavez fails to create a full or even full-ish picture of the man whose bold but nonviolent tactics led to better working conditions in the fields."
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"Lots of stories are derivative yet still exciting to watch. Divergent, though, contains a middle stretch, during which Tris undergoes her training and falls for Four, that does not generate enough audience interest."
Veronica Mars (2014)
About Last Night (2014)
Labor Day (2014)
"Building a plausible love story between an escaped convict and a lonely, depressed single mother at whose house he hides would seem to require delicate, nuanced storytelling. Labor Day hits us with a rolling pin."
The Invisible Woman (2013)
August: Osage County (2013)
"Is it awards-worthy? No. But it's often exciting, the kind of strenuously acted movie that blows the cobwebs off the viewing experience after all those more carefully modulated awards-season dramas."
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"Imbued with a surly magnetism by Isaac, Llewyn is quick witted and shows a way with a song. The film surrounding him ably mixes dark humor, period authenticity and polished yet heartfelt musical performances."
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
"Fire maintains such a consistent dystopian vision by other means -- from fine performances to its accomplished production design -- that the stakes of Katniss' increasingly complex journey are evident even when its violence is obscured."
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
"Greengrass has used his hand-held cameras to lend Phillips great senses of immediacy and place, making us privy to the thought processes and interpersonal conflicts among the pirates and the ship's captain and crew."
Don Jon (2013)
One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
The Spectacular Now (2013)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
We're The Millers (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
World War Z (2013)
"Pitt has hidden his inner John Wayne-Bruce Willis for too long. In the highly engaging World War Z, he proves to be a capable, winning and -- in the great American film tradition -- exceptionally hard-to-kill action hero."
Man of Steel (2013)
Stories We Tell (2013)
Frances Ha (2013)
"A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made."
Spring Breakers (2013)
""Spring Breakers" might engender multiple viewings and a cult status à la "Scarface." Korine, unfortunately, jumps the gun by frequently repeating lines of Franco's dialogue in voiceover, as if "Spring Breakers" already is on repeat."
Phil Spector (2013)
"The movie broadens from Spector's legal case into larger explorations of prejudices people can harbor about celebrities and eccentrics. The result is a thoughtful, sometimes fascinating, purposefully inconclusive character study."
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)