The New Republic
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Paris Blues (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
"A completely weird, off-kilter, bizarro-land version of a romantic comedy, writer/director Andrew Bujalski finally cracks the Broadcast News code moony filmmakers have been trying to break for three decades."
"This is about two people who didn't know what their lives were until they met each other, then scrambling, in their muted, buttoned-up way, to figure out what happens next. Haynes loves them so much that he believes they can. You will too."
The Tribe (2015)
"Concussion isn't angry enough for a polemic, and it isn't interesting enough to be an uplifting Hollywood message movie, which means it's just competent enough to fail on two separate, parallel fronts. "
The Hateful Eight (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)
In Jackson Heights (2015)
"Wiseman's work takes on the moral density of a Dickens novel. It's smart enough to find the moments that show our civilization, as big and complex and troubled as it is, is still worth fighting for."
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
"Capably shot, well acted (notwithstanding Kate Winslet's shape-shifting accent), its score propulsive, if a little too insistent, it's a finely crafted piece of work. But as a film, I found it nearly insufferable."
He Named Me Malala (2015)
The Walk (2015)
Queen of Earth (2015)
Mistress America (2015)
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
"There were plenty of decent jokes, but I've already forgotten most of them; I suspect within a month's time I'll be hard pressed to recall much about the movie at all beyond a vague sense of disappointment."
"People who go into Trainwreck looking for that Amy --the subversive truth-teller, the feminist role model -- are likely to be disappointed. Their loss. Trainwreck is a surprisingly old-fashioned romantic comedy, the kind that rarely gets made anymore."
Jimmy's Hall (2015)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
"The movie is capably directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh's longtime producer and assistant director, who lovingly captures sweaty bodies and glistening beaches and retains the original's loose, relaxed style."
Testament Of Youth (2015)
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
"The cinema, so infatuated with loud bangs and flowering orange blasts, does, as Ivo says, cheat us. Director/writer Zaza Urushadze instead gives us a clever, claustrophobic plot befitting a three-act play."
Furious 7 (2015)
"For a franchise known for cheesy, heavy-handed lines, Furious 7 served up a classy, heartbreaking send-off for its departed star, one that acknowledged the tragedy of real life without allowing it to overwhelm the fictional world."
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
La Signora Senza Camelie (1953)
"I thought Lady very weak, with little hint in it of the Antonioni to come, which was surprising because even earlier Antonioni, Story of a Love, seemed stranger and more prophetic of the giant en route."
"[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe."
The Godfather (1972)
Wild Tales (2015)
The Theory of Everything (2014)