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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
Anomalisa (2015)
2
3.5/4
Carol (2015)
Haynes directs with a subtle precision, the script by Phyllis Nagy is a well-crafted gem, and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara make for one of the most intriguing and memorable movie couples of the year.
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3
4/4
This is one of the best movies of the year.
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4
1.5/4
Sisters (2015)
It's with no small reluctance I report Sisters is a depressing, overlong, repetitive slapstick disaster in which two of the most appealing stars around wallow in the muck AND the mire, figuratively and literally.
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5
3/4
Almost There (2015)
6
4/4
The Force Awakens pops with memorable battle sequences, gives us chills with encore appearances by stars from the original trilogy and introduces more than a half-dozen terrific Next Generation characters.
Posted Dec 16, 2015
7
3/4
Concussion (2015)
Concussion is a sobering, sometimes infuriating look at one doctor's discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and his crusade to tell the country its favored game was causing the deaths of many a former hero.
Posted Dec 15, 2015
8
3/4
Joy (2015)
[Lawrence gives] a wonderfully layered performance that carries the film through its rough spots and sometime dubious detours.
Posted Dec 15, 2015
9
3/4
10
1/4
Thanks for nothing, Netflix.
Posted Dec 15, 2015
11
3.5/4
12
3/4
A well-told, well-acted, well-photographed period piece.
Posted Dec 10, 2015
13
3.5/4
Youth (2015)
How much better is it to experience a film overflowing with so many elements than one that has to stretch its content just to get to the finish line?
Posted Dec 10, 2015
14
4/4
Some movies contain one or two scenes you always think about when you think about that movie. With The Big Short, there are a dozen such scenes.
Posted Dec 10, 2015
15
3.5/4
Movement and Location has some clear-cut parallels to the stories of immigrants who are in the States illegally and are trying to live quiet, productive lives... But it also works as a Rod Serling-esque sci-fi adventure of the mind.
Posted Dec 3, 2015
16
3/4
Life (2015)
I loved Ben Kingsley's over-the-top work as studio head Jack Warner, who in one scene explains the lay of the land to Mr. Dean in a manner that would inspire envy from Don Corleone. This guy isn't messing around.
Posted Dec 3, 2015
17
3/4
Tab Hunter Confidential is a well-crafted if not particularly deep bio-documentary of the genial actor, who is now 84 years old and provides a number of on-camera recollections.
Posted Dec 1, 2015
18
3/4
Takin' Place (2014)
There's a lot of raucous humor, some chilling moments and some insightful glimpses into the lives of special people navigating everyday life in neighborhoods where survival is always on one's mind.
Posted Dec 1, 2015
19
2.5/4
Legend (2015)
20
2/4
Inconsistent and weird, The Good Dinosaur is second-level Pixar all the way.
Posted Nov 24, 2015
21
3.5/4
Chi-Raq (2015)
It's a shattering, thunderous wake-up alarm, a call to lay down arms, a gutsy social satire and a highly stylized work of fiction that sometimes feels as accurate and sobering as the crime reporting you see on the front page of this newspaper.
Posted Nov 23, 2015
22
3.5/4
Creed (2015)
23
3.5/4
What DOESN'T get lost in translation is what made "El Secreto De Sus Ojos" so effective: the visceral, devastating empathy we feel when a horrible injustice is committed and it ruins multiple lives.
Posted Nov 20, 2015
24
3/4
Mockingjay - Part 2 is a grim, dark, trippy, violent and sometimes just plain bizarre journey, which makes for a fitting if uneven conclusion to a film series that's always been weird.
Posted Nov 18, 2015
25
2.5/4
26
3.5/4
Spotlight (2015)
27
1/4
By The Sea (2015)
By the Sea is awfully pretty and mostly dreadful.
Posted Nov 12, 2015
28
3/4
Trumbo (2015)
Trumbo is a corny, well-made B-movie about an A-list screenwriter who had to take jobs writing B-movies after he was blacklisted, but eventually worked his way back to writing A-movies with Kirk Douglas a.k.a. Spartacus as his champion.
Posted Nov 12, 2015
29
0/4
Heist (2015)
Heist goes from lousy to even worse. The screenplay is so clunky, not a single cast member manages to sound believable. Familiar, likable actors from Kate Bosworth to Gina Carano to Morris Chestnut are buried under an avalanche of awful.
Posted Nov 12, 2015
30
2/4
Love (2015)
The symbolism here is not subtle, extending even to the names of the characters.
Posted Nov 5, 2015
31
3/4
I Smile Back (2015)
A tough, unbending, sometimes brutally truthful profile of one woman's addiction and the havoc it wreaks on herself and just about everyone who matters to her.
Posted Nov 5, 2015
32
3.5/4
To my great relief and only the best kind of good grief, I'm pleased to report this is a meticulously faithful and clearly loving tribute to America's favorite blockhead.
Posted Nov 5, 2015
33
3/4
Spectre (2015)
A slick, beautifully photographed, action-packed, international thriller with a number of wonderfully, ludicrously entertaining set pieces, a sprinkling of dry wit, myriad gorgeous women and a classic psycho-villain.
Posted Nov 3, 2015
34
3/4
Truth (2015)
Robert Redford plays Dan Rather. I know. Just reading that out loud seems odd -- but Redford does a terrific job of capturing Rather's on-air cadence and his larger-than-life off-air persona.
Posted Oct 29, 2015
35
3/4
Meadowland (2015)
The filmmaking is sure-handed, the performances authentic.
Posted Oct 29, 2015
36
2/4
Burnt (2015)
You could leave halfway through the story and get an early dinner and, save for the details, you'd pretty much know how it all works out with the movie.
Posted Oct 29, 2015
37
2.5/4
Experimenter (2015)
38
0.5/4
The screenplay by a trio of writers is muddled and goofy and riddled with clichés.
Posted Oct 22, 2015
39
4/4
Room (2015)
This is one of the best movies of the decade.
Posted Oct 22, 2015
40
1/4
This movie is all over the place.
Posted Oct 22, 2015
41
2/4
Crimson Peak (2015)
All the carefully orchestrated color schemes and all the dark corridors and secret chambers and all the flowing red metaphors in the world can't accelerate the slow patches, or make us care about lead characters.
Posted Oct 22, 2015
42
3.5/4
Steve Jobs (2015)
Michael Fassbender will be in every best actor conversation from now until Oscar night (and deservedly so) for his mesmerizing turn as the legendary and legendarily difficult visionary Jobs.
Posted Oct 14, 2015
43
3/4
Goosebumps (2015)
44
4/4
When the titles of the five-plus films nominated for best picture are announced, it will be a surprise if Bridge of Spies doesn't make the cut.
Posted Oct 14, 2015
45
1/4
By the time we get to the final, borderline ludicrous moments in Big Stone Gap, I wasn't even surprised by the overwhelming sappiness of it all.
Posted Oct 14, 2015
46
3/4
F for Fake (1974)
47
3/4
Knock Knock (2015)
One of the most entertainingly ludicrous movies of the year.
Posted Oct 8, 2015
48
3/4
Pan (2015)
49
2.5/4
Freeheld (2015)
It's just a shame Freeheld couldn't state its case without STATING ITS CASE so often.
Posted Oct 8, 2015
50
3/4