Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Casino Royale (2006)
Black Mass (2015)
The Visit (2015)
"..certainly better directed than many low-budget scare flicks, but it inevitably comes off as secondhand, a mildly entertaining, if clumsy, mix of eeriness and chuckles that arrests Shyamalan's cinematic decline but certainly doesn't reverse it. "
Chloe & Theo (2015)
The Transporter Refueled (2015)
"Stupid. But not in a good way. Just plain, insufferably stupid. The movie objectifies the women in exactly the same way the villains do. In a summer that saw the rise of Imperator Furiosa, I'm sorry, this just won't do."
American Ultra (2015)
"It doesn't work, but I'm impressed with how hard it tries. There's an infectious sincerity to both the writing and the acting that elevates what is otherwise a messy mashup of tone, style, and storytelling."
The End Of The Tour (2015)
"A heartfelt portrait of self-questioning genius and a thinking man's version of bromance. It asks provocative questions about the nature of conversation while engaging in equally provocative conversations. Wallace probably would have hated it."
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Love & Mercy (2015)
"The parallel narratives offer an interesting contrast in persona but ultimately don't really work. Every cut to the '80s is accompanied by a desire to return to the '60s, where we are immersed in Wilson's fevered mental state."
"On one hand, it's energetically directed, well-acted, and reasonably smart. On the other, it's infected by a kind of hipster racism, where the black and female co-stars exist to make a young white male with no actual problems feel better about himself. "
The Wolfpack (2015)
The Overnight (2015)
That Sugar Film (2015)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
"A film loaded with snappy dialogue, winking in-jokes, and a fistful of terrific performances that add a layer of emotional resonance and moral complexity, grounding the material even as it threatens to fly away in a blizzard of flying shrapnel."
"Shouldn't a magical destination be, well, magical? Instead of leaving our jaws agape in wonder, Tomorrowland's architecture looks like a cross between Disney's Epcot Center and a high-end shopping mall."
The D Train (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"The practical effects and stunts give it the kind of bone-jarring, visceral impact that most Hollywood and Marvel superhero movies have largely abandoned. By comparison, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, seems unconvincingly cartoonish."
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Wild Tales (2015)
Merchants Of Doubt (2015)
"The message here is convincingly clear: corporate America is involved in an elaborate and extravagantly funded game of three-card monty, playing the public for the suckers they are all-too willing to be."
Children of Men (2006)
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
It Follows (2015)
" Mitchell reshapes tried-and-true scare conventions - teens in peril, a relentless malevolent force, jarring soundtrack - into an unexpectedly unique creepfest. And his riffs on sex and adulthood are refreshing in their allegorical complexity."
Run All Night (2015)
"...occasionally nails its grizzled '70s tough guy shtick but mostly it delivers a tired jumble of sloppy genre cliches, stupid character choices, and unnecessary action sequences. Neeson is clearly punching below his weight class. "
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
"We actually start to care about these ridiculous characters because, like the rest of us, they're just trying to survive the inanities of everyday life ... and keep the carpets free of unsightly gore stains."
The Artist (2011)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Anyone who knows Leigh's method wouldn't be surprised that Mr. Turner is more of an intuitive collage than a faithful dramatization of reality. It's a fascinating, mostly plotless examination of one man's tortured artistic process."
Still Alice (2015)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Le Week-End (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
The Gambler (2014)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)