Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
"This Americanized version of Juan Jose Campanella's overrated art-house hit The Secret in Their Eyes is at least as good as the original and, with a running time well under two hours, certainly more concise."
The Night Before (2015)
"Patricio Guzman, who chronicled the military coup against Salvador Allende in his documentary trilogy The Battle of Chile, has begun, in old age, to process his political experiences through stunning personal essay films."
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Madam Phung's Last Journey (2014)
Heart of a Dog (2015)
"Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is not just a movie but a guided meditation, drawing viewers into a state of peaceful contemplation from which they can consider such subjects as death, loss, and unconditional love."
Love the Coopers (2015)
My All American (2015)
The 33 (2015)
"This watchable, straightforward drama recounts the 2010 disaster at the San Jose mine in Chile, which trapped 33 men underground for 69 days and focused the world's attention on the exploitation of miners (for 69 days, anyway)."
"Michael Stuhlbarg steals the movie as a beleagured Edward G. Robinson (who named names before the committee, including Trumbo's); and Helen Mirren is nicely acidic as the red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper."
Chemia (Chemo) (2009)
Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Nasty Baby (2015)
"The hero spends an inordinate amount of time screaming at his kitchen staff and hurling plates of food at the wall, which is more fun to watch than the canned relationships that constitute most of the movie."
"This period drama shows how awful it was to be a working-class woman at that time... [but] scenes dramatizing the political organizing and protests are less effective, bogged down by pedantic dialogue and historical generalizations."
Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)
The Amazing Nina Simone (2015)
"Erwa gets most of the credit for this with his cagey plotting, but he couldn't have pulled it off without veteran actress Tatja Seibt as the woman upstairs; her blunt features suggest a harsh intent but can also soften in vulnerability."
A Perfect Day (2016)
"The low-stakes shaggy-dog plot allows for a variety of vignettes that reveal how the civil conflict eroded people's humanity, but the movie's orthodox antiwar sentiment carries the story only so far."
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Incident (El Incidente) (2014)
Very Semi-Serious (2015)
I Smile Back (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
"Idris Elba gives an intense performance as the boy's commanding officer and eventual father figure; his character comes across as monstrous at first but seems increasingly vulnerable as the story develops."
Bridge of Spies (2015)
"Though it takes a jarring left turn at the end, this bears the same immaculate plot construction and tonal consistency of Audiard's previous films, augmented by sensitive, superlative performances from Jesuthasan and Srinivasan."
"It boasts both a sophisticated understanding of racial politics and a finely attuned ear to the language and behavior of male camaraderie, but it never succumbs to sensationalism and overt moralizing."
The Assassin (2015)
45 Years (2015)