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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/5
Amy (2015)
2
2/5
Minions (2015)
3
4/5
The Wolfpack (2015)
The boys are bright and funny, and when they do go out together - shades on, long hair flowing down rail-thin bodies - they look like a somewhat awkward but cool rock band you'd like to get to know. Moselle's documentary is the next best thing.
Posted Jul 3, 2015
4
2/5
Someone needs to go back in time and stop movie executives from greenlighting more "Terminator" movies. It's not that Terminator: Genisys is a laughably bad movie. Worse, it's an interminably boring one.
Posted Jun 30, 2015
5
1/5
6
2/5
Big Game (2015)
While [director] Helander probably didn't want to make things too campy or tongue-in-cheek, a little of this attitude might have distracted viewers from the rent-a-villains and generic action.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
7
3/5
Ted 2 (2015)
The uneven and overly long Ted 2 manages to find moments of uproarious, if raunchy and groan-inducing, humor from today's hot-button headlines. At its best, it's better than Ted 1.0. At its worst, it's like, well, a Seth MacFarlane movie.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
8
4/5
Dope (2015)
Be sure to stay for the end credits. No other summer-movie credit crawl is going to get audiences dusting off their old Running Man and Cabbage Patch dance moves like this one. Take that, Jurassic World.
Posted Jun 18, 2015
9
4/5
Inside Out (2015)
10
4/5
A striking portrait of addiction that doesn't say anything new - drugs are bad, kids - but it leaves a lasting and chilling impression.
Posted Jun 11, 2015
11
3/5
Yet, for those who remember both the sheer terror and humor of Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World -- much like the dinosaurs these scientists create -- proves once again that some things are best left alone.
Posted Jun 11, 2015
12
4/5
Love & Mercy (2015)
The Beach Boys' public face in the '60s may have been all about fun, fun, fun, but there was a lot of torment behind the surfboards and T-Birds. It's captured in all of its painful yet musically rhapsodic glory in Love & Mercy.
Posted Jun 4, 2015
13
1/5
Aloha (2015)
14
2/5
San Andreas (2015)
When the earth is roiling and rippling like an angry ocean, it's an impressive sight. It's when the shaking stops though that San Andreas is a different type of disaster.
Posted May 28, 2015
15
4/5
There are no elaborate car chases or dizzyingly choreographed shootouts. Yet it's nonetheless a compelling portrait of two men in a specific time and place.
Posted May 28, 2015
16
3/5
Good Kill (2015)
Directed and written by Andrew Niccol (whose phenomenal 1997 film Gattaca also starred Hawke), and supposedly "based on actual events," Good Kill raises important questions about the nature of modern warfare, but it is a bit heavy-handed and strained.
Posted May 21, 2015
17
3/5
Tomorrowland (2015)
Tomorrowland ultimately dispenses with subtlety altogether and clubs viewers over the head with its It's a Small World After All message (yes, this is a Disney film). Still, there's much to admire.
Posted May 21, 2015
18
4/5
White God (2015)
If someone wants to make a case that our four-legged actor friends deserve to be considered for Oscar consideration, right alongside Streep and McConaughey, they need only offer White God as evidence.
Posted May 14, 2015
19
4/5
It's a surreal, operatic take on the action movie that makes its direct predecessors - Mad Max, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and even the mighty Road Warrior - seem almost timid by comparison.
Posted May 14, 2015
20
3/5
Fans of the franchise will be pleased, but those looking in from the outside of comic-book culture may find themselves also looking at their watches.
Posted May 4, 2015
21
3/5
The moody Man From Reno,/i> is a slow-burn, atmospheric, low-budget thriller that also offers an intriguing blast of culture clash.
Posted Apr 30, 2015
22
3/5
5 to 7 (2015)
23
3/5
There's at least one better film on the topic - Gallipoli - but The Water Diviner has its moments, even if its grasp of reality is all wet.
Posted Apr 23, 2015
24
3/5
True Story (2015)
[An] intermittently fascinating movie version from first-time features director Rupert Goold and stars Jonah Hill and James Franco in roles that, for once, don't ask them to be caricatures of arrested adolescence.
Posted Apr 16, 2015
25
5/5
Ex Machina (2015)
Alex Garland brilliantly brings the past into the present with the near-future tale Ex Machina, a stark but dazzling meditation on intelligence, consciousness and morality that discreetly uses special effects in service of story, dialogue and character.
Posted Apr 16, 2015
26
4/5
A sometimes poignant paean to struggling to age gracefully while time drags you kicking and screaming to the inevitable end, While We're Young effectively balances wry comedy and bittersweet drama.
Posted Apr 9, 2015
27
4/5
Furious 7 (2015)
James Wan came up in the horror ranks and gave the world the first Saw... If "F&F" fans feared that he would tamper with the box-office formula and end up slaying and gutting this cinematic golden goose for shocks and giggles, they can rest easy.
Posted Apr 2, 2015
28
4/5
A Girl Like Her may not rank with Lee Hirsch's 2011 award-winning film Bully - a real documentary about real students being harassed - but it still packs a punch.
Posted Mar 26, 2015
29
3/5
Home (2015)
30
2/5
Get Hard (2015)
Since anyone who has seen the trailer has already seen many of the film's best moments, making it through to the end does feel like something of a life sentence.
Posted Mar 26, 2015
31
1/5
It's a slop bucket of lazy writing and uninspired jokes...If you want to laugh at zombies, seek out Zombieland instead.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
32
4/5
It Follows (2015)
Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, from last year, turned parenthood into the scariest story of all, and now comes David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, which merges paranoia and teen sexuality into an exercise in delicious dread.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
33
4/5
'71 (2015)
Shot by first-time feature director Yann Demange on the gritty streets of Sheffield and Liverpool in a style that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of the action, '71 is bracing from beginning to end.
Posted Mar 12, 2015
34
3/5
Cinderella (2015)
35
3/5
The low-budget Australian apocalyptic drama has such a terrific start - an adrenaline rush of panic and dread as a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth sends a wall of fire around the planet. It's a shame the movie peters out about halfway through.
Posted Mar 5, 2015
36
3/5
Chappie (2015)
Never mind that Weaver and Jackman are totally wasted or the laughable lapses in logic, or that it lacks the social resonance of District 9. It's a fun little ride, for at least part of the way.
Posted Mar 5, 2015
37
5/5
Timbuktu (2015)
Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. Timbuktu...is a moving, haunting and beautifully shot peek behind the closed cultural curtain.
Posted Feb 26, 2015
38
4/5
Shadows takes what could have been a one-joke sketch and turns it into a very funny, and occasionally even touching, take on brotherhood and friendship...It's certainly more authentic and realistic than recent seasons of The Real World.
Posted Feb 26, 2015
39
3/5
Focus (2015)
The story is ludicrous...Yet Focus, Will Smith's mea culpa to moviegoers after the post-apocalyptic tedium of After Earth two years ago, is more breezily enjoyable than it has a right to be.
Posted Feb 26, 2015
40
The Artist (2011)
Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white, mostly silent comedy The Artist is a gorgeously made curiosity -- a film that functions as a testament to its own obsession with other movies.
Posted Feb 17, 2015
41
2/5
Ultimately, there's little to care about in Kingsman, a spy film that's all dressed up with no place to go.
Posted Feb 12, 2015
42
2/5
Yet the film's biggest problem is its two stars. Despite all the ripped abs and exposed breasts, blindfolds and cuffs, there are few sparks between them. Without that, Fifty Shades of Grey feels as cold and sterile as Grey's sleek penthouse.
Posted Feb 12, 2015
43
2/5
For the sake of Neo, Morpheus, the red pill, [and] the blue pill... it would be great to report that the Wachowskis indeed got their groove back. But the only groove they're going to see is the one on multiplex floors as moviegoers stampede the exits.
Posted Feb 5, 2015
44
3/5
Black Sea (2015)
While the film doesn't cut nearly as deep as [the director's] The Last King of Scotland, it's nevertheless a suspenseful, taut thriller with political undertones that delivers on its low-key promises.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
45
4/5
Still Alice (2015)
It's Moore who really brings the film home. It's in her expression when the doctor gives his diagnosis and pessimistic prognosis. It's in the way she looks at her family, knowing there will come a time when she won't recognize them.
Posted Jan 22, 2015
46
3/5
Paddington (2015)
47
1/4
Blackhat (2015)
A dim-witted, dullard of a thriller about hacking and terrorism for profit that has one saving grace: timeliness...Being current only gets you so far when the script is techno-babble nonsense and the acting is as wooden as the Sequoia National Forest.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
48
5/5
Selma (2015)
It may be coincidence that Selma reverberates with a particular timeliness...Still, it's thanks to director DuVernay and first-time features writer Paul Webb that the film has more than the luck of timing on its side.
Posted Jan 8, 2015
49
3/5
The performances are strong... and Earle is particularly memorable. The film glows with a dark energy when he's on screen. But it's too long, has a musical soundtrack that's often intrusive, and sometimes sags when it should be taut with tension
Posted Jan 8, 2015
50
3/5
John Wick (2014)
Yet, for all the film's stylishness and a body count worthy of a small civil war, there's no getting around the fact that stiff, stoic Reeves -- who is capable of a few funny, deadpan lines -- isn't a particularly compelling lead action figure.
Posted Jan 5, 2015