Appropriate Behavior (2015)
""Unbroken" is a rousing old-fashioned yarn with numerous exciting set-pieces and an uncomplicated hero you root for all the way through. It's entertaining throughout and made with a high level of technical skill."
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"It's a quasi-religious fable about a man haunted by the past and facing a profound moral and existential crisis in the present, and it's a dazzling display of virtuoso cinematic technique and showboat performances."
"If "Selma" is limited by the kind of film it needed to be and by what its studio proprietors wanted to sell, it's still the best and most intimate fictional portrayal of the civil rights movement, by a long shot."
The Gambler (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Winter Sleep (2014)
"Considered as contemporary CGI-driven action-adventure cinema, and as the template for a new generation of video games, they are rich and entertaining. Even in the decadent phase of his genius, Jackson remains an expert world-builder and image-maker."
Top Five (2014)
Still Alice (2015)
The Imitation Game (2014)
""Mockingjay - Part 1" is a penultimate chapter without a real ending, but it's also a thrilling ride full of potent emotions, new characters and major twists of fate, built around another commanding star performance."
Happy Valley (2014)
""Happy Valley" does not try to lead you to any firm conclusion about who or what is to blame for what went wrong in the football-crazed farmland of central Pennsylvania, and viewers with different perspectives will understand it in different ways."
The Homesman (2014)
Bad Turn Worse (2014)
"Southern does a nice job balancing out the super-obvious plot twists with the ones you don't see coming, and even when the characters more cannily constructed than realistic, the Hawkins brothers and the cast play it pretty straight."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)
""Nightcrawler" executes its ideas with tremendous craft and cool, and the courageous and counterintuitive pairing of its leads - Russo is 60, and Gyllenhaal 33 - produces two electrical, interlocking performances and undeniable erotic chemistry."
The Great Invisible (2014)
Force Majeure (2014)
Listen Up Philip (2014)
"Hardly anyone will feel neutral about this deliberately unfriendly film, but if you don't respond to it with revulsion you'll probably think it's one of the most ambitious and exciting American films of the year."
The Overnighters (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
"We want the sentimentality without the education, forgiveness without expiation; we want assurance that there are no evil people, so that we don't have to consider whether we have tolerated them, enabled them or become them."
The Judge (2014)
Inherent Vice (2015)
The Decent One (2014)
The Blue Room (2014)
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)
"A flawed, ambitious and deeply peculiar portrait of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic musical talents, in the year before he ascended to rock-god status, that resembles no other pop-music biopic you've ever seen."
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
"I'm not sure it can be considered a documentary at all, at least not all the way through. But "20,000 Days" offers an exceptionally intimate portrait of an artist who has sometimes sought to resist explication."
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
The Guest (2014)
The Drop (2014)
"I found this dark odyssey through an amoral dream Brooklyn curiously invigorating; it's a masterful construction that held me rapt from first shot to last, that builds intense electrical energy and then releases it."
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
God Help the Girl (2014)
Last Days in Vietnam (2014)