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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
The Runner (2015)
The Runner never approaches the keen insight and social satire of political films such as The Candidate, Primary Colors or Bulworth.
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2
1.5/4
Zipper (2015)
Lurid and cheesy and sometimes unintentionally funny.
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3
2/4
We Are Your Friends is one of the worst titles of the year, and the trailer was just awful. The actual product is a step up, squarely in land of Below Average.
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4
1.5/4
No Escape (2015)
No Escape is an outlandish, sometimes brutally violent, exploitative, fast-paced white-knuckler featuring your classic American everyman who suddenly develops action-hero skills when his family is placed in danger.
Posted Aug 26, 2015
5
4/4
Interstellar (2014)
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.
Posted Aug 21, 2015
6
2.5/4
Gerwig is a magnetic actress, but it feels as if she's overplaying it here. Even in Brooke's best moments, she's not all that charming or interesting.
Posted Aug 20, 2015
7
3.5/4
Equal parts film noir, relationship drama, dark comedy and mood piece, Digging for Fire is a movie made by someone who clearly loves the art of movies.
Posted Aug 20, 2015
8
1.5/4
9
3/4
I, the Jury (1982)
10
2/4
Grease 2 (1982)
11
4/4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has those handkerchief moments, but the laughs far outnumber the hard and sad punches. This is a movie that's grounded in reality, has just enough whimsy and soars to the stars. It's one of the best films of 2015.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
12
2/4
Occasionally Winterbottom delivers a haunting, effective moment, giving a hint of a different, more compelling film. But then it's back to the self-righteous, self-indulgent, muddled metaphors.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
13
3/4
Results (2015)
Bujalski's script is smarter and much weirder (in a good way) than the standard romantic comedy.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
14
2.5/4
Nguyen does fine work illustrating how SNL went from the ultimate outsider show to the ultimate institution, stopping along the way to touch briefly on controversies .
Posted Aug 14, 2015
15
4/4
Inside Out (2015)
Inside Out [is] a bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure that deserves an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
16
3/4
17
3.5/4
Trainwreck (2015)
Schumer's performance is a tour de force of razor-sharp comedic timing.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
18
1/4
It's an unmitigated disaster, not even worth a spin as a curiosity piece.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
19
2/4
Ant-Man (2015)
[Ants are] pests, and that's just a weird place to start for a superhero, especially if he never strays too far from his origins.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
20
1/4
Strangerland (2015)
Strangerland runs out of gas, leaving us with a couple of final "Forget You" (shall we say) moments. Thanks. Thanks for nothing.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
21
2/4
The deeper we go into Dana Nachman's unquestioning, feature-length cheerleading film, the more uncomfortable I felt about the reaction of one person to that magical and overwhelming day. Miles.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
22
3/4
The Gallows (2015)
In a quick 80 minutes, we get the back story, we meet the four core characters (all of the young actors do fine work), get the wits scared out of us about a half-dozen times and wind up with a VERY creepy ending.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
23
2/4
Lila & Eve (2015)
Davis (who was an executive producer on the film) gives a strong performance, as if she were acting in one of those many prestige projects lighting up her resume. It's a noble try, but this dreck is beyond saving.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
24
3/4
Ardor (2015)
By the time we reached the climactic and fantastically over-the-top showdown, I realized that while the characters were indeed trying to corner the market on smoldering glances, faux-Shakespearean proclamations and in-your-face symbolism.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
25
3.5/4
After a late wobble or two, Irrational Man packs a final, farcical punch that feels just right.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
26
2/4
Pixels (2015)
Pixels is devoid of cynicism and it has a cheerfully cheesy vibe, and it's the kind of movie you'll forget about a week after seeing it.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
27
3.5/4
Paper Towns (2015)
Paper Towns is particularly good at pinpointing that certain point in teenage male friendships where the guys are getting older, but they still sometimes resort to silly voices and goofy humor when the girls aren't around.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
28
3.5/4
The Stanford Prison Experiment is the kind of movie that raises as many questions as it answers. It's also the kind of film where you want to budget some time for discussion afterward. You won't be able to shake this one off easily.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
29
4/4
The End of the Tour is so effective because it's far too smart to engage in ominous foreshadowing.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
30
2/4
The documentary is so relentlessly upbeat and told with such cheerleading verve, the style and tone detract from the undeniably interesting material.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
31
2.5/4
Dark Places (2015)
32
1/4
Vacation (2015)
33
3.5/4
Cop Car (2015)
[Cop Car features] the most evil monologue of the year. Perfectly, horribly, fantastically chilling.
Posted Aug 13, 2015
34
1.5/4
A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.
Posted Aug 13, 2015
35
3/4
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. plays like a lower key, vintage edition of a Mission: Impossible movie. It's a good movie with a great look.
Posted Aug 13, 2015
36
3/4
37
3.5/4
The casting in Straight Outta Compton is universally pitch perfect, including brief cameos by Keith Stanfield as Snoop and Marcc Rose as Tupac that are fantastically spot on.
Posted Aug 12, 2015
38
3.5/4
The Gift (2015)
Just when we think we know where The Gift is going, we're surprised. And then surprised again.
Posted Aug 7, 2015
39
3/4
The skilled veteran Demme alternates dysfunctional family confrontations with easy comedy, expertly peppering in just the right rock tunes along the way. It's hard not to like Ricki, but the film makes no excuses for her actions.
Posted Aug 7, 2015
40
3/4
Unexpected (2015)
Smulders gives one of the most natural performances of her career, and Bean's subtle, strong work announces her as a young actress to watch.
Posted Jul 24, 2015
41
3.5/4
Southpaw (2015)
Even when we're aware our emotions are being manipulated, we're rooting hard for Billy Hope to beat the odds and climb the mountain, because have you seen how movie-adorable his daughter is? Don't they deserve some happiness?
Posted Jul 24, 2015
42
3.5/4
Mr. Holmes (2015)
43
4/4
Amy (2015)
44
1.0
Tatum has come a long way since his "Step Up" days (he was excellent in last year's "Foxcatcher"), but he makes a number of unfortunate choices here.
Posted Jul 3, 2015
45
2.0
Of course the special effects are more impressive than ever. But nearly every curveball offered up in this new parallel-universe version of the Terminator world isn't as interesting or as original as the timeline we loved in the first place.
Posted Jul 3, 2015
46
3.0
Ruffalo does a magnificent job of conveying Cam's charm and undeniable love for his wife and children - as well as the devastating effects of serious, incurable mental illness.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
47
3.0
Big Game (2015)
"Big Game" never once feels credible, and that's why it's so entertaining. Almost nothing that takes place in this movie could occur in the real world, and there's something comforting about that.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
48
4.0
The delivery is unorthodox. You might think you know what's coming, but then comes another curveball that catches you by surprise. You're kept guessing throughout - and it's a real kick when you're wrong yet again.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
49
2.0
Ted 2 (2015)
Mostly though, "Ted 2" feels like far too many other sequels: born of box office expectations more than a bona fide reason to return to the characters we loved the first time around.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
50
3/4
Heaven Knows What feels like an authentic, sometimes painfully accurate portrait of life in New York City as experienced by the homeless, ever-hustling teenagers.
Posted Jun 19, 2015