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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
3.5/4
After a late wobble or two, Irrational Man packs a final, farcical punch that feels just right.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
2.5/4
Dark Places (2015)
13
1/4
Vacation (2015)
14
3.5/4
Cop Car (2015)
[Cop Car features] the most evil monologue of the year. Perfectly, horribly, fantastically chilling.
Posted Aug 13, 2015
15
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
16
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
17
3/4
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
3.5/4
Mr. Holmes (2015)
24
4/4
Amy (2015)
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
4.0
"Jurassic World" is pure, dumb, wall-to-wall fun. When they hand you your 3-D glasses, you can check your brain at the door and pick it up on your way out.
Posted Jun 10, 2015
33
3.5
Love & Mercy (2015)
After seeing "Love & Mercy," you'll find it nearly impossible to resist the urge to download (or re-listen to) a dozen Beach Boys classics.
Posted Jun 5, 2015
34
1.5
Aloft (2015)
Some movies practically dare you to give up. "Aloft" is a beautifully shot, frustratingly vague and deeply ponderous mystery/spiritual journey about terminally unhappy souls.
Posted Jun 5, 2015
35
3.5
Spy (2015)
What does work, in every scene, is Melissa McCarthy's performance. She's as funny and as winning as anyone in the movies these days.
Posted Jun 5, 2015
36
2.0
Entourage (2015)
It's like catching up with an old friend and remembering why you don't hang out with him anymore: He's stuck in a rut and he has nothing new to say.
Posted Jun 2, 2015
37
3.5/4
38
3.5/4
Although Cooper succeeds in resembling and sounding like the real Kyle, this isn't some cheap impersonation trick. Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career.
Posted May 29, 2015
39
3/4
Aloha (2015)
Aloha is a great-looking movie with just enough bright spots to get us past the cloudy moments.
Posted May 29, 2015
40
Animals (2015)
"Animals" is a stark, brilliant, uncompromising, beautifully acted piece of work.
Posted May 22, 2015
41
3.0
Good Kill (2015)
But the visuals pack a visceral punch. Every time Tom zeroes in on a target, every time he pushes that button, what we see on those monitors is brutally authentic.
Posted May 22, 2015
42
2.0
Tomorrowland (2015)
This is the first major disappointment of the summer movie season. (Box office aside, I wasn't really expecting "Pitch Perfect 2" to be the "Godfather 2" of a cappella musicals.)
Posted May 19, 2015
43
3.5
These sobering moments aside, the great bulk of "I Am Big Bird" is a Sunny Day, Sweepin' the Clouds Away, brightly colored tribute to the man and his art.
Posted May 14, 2015
44
2.0
Despite those credentials from the filmmakers and an excellent cast that includes Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Nate Parker and Dakota Fanning, "Every Secret Thing" feels flat and unfocused.
Posted May 14, 2015
45
3/4
46
2.0
For a movie about the cheerfully bizarre world of competition a cappella singing, "Pitch Perfect 2" seems just as obsessed, if not more so, with characters who seem to be sexually confused.
Posted May 13, 2015
47
4.0
It speaks volumes for the sheer ferocious awesome insane greatness of "Mad Max: Fury Road" that I'm not even ticked off about Tom Hardy getting stuck wearing a face mask for a good chunk of the film.
Posted May 13, 2015
48
2.0
5 Flights Up (2015)
Sometimes you see a play and you can imagine it being a movie. Sometimes you see a small movie like this, and you can imagine it working better as an intimate stage play.
Posted May 8, 2015
49
1.0
Hot Pursuit (2015)
"Hot Pursuit" features one of the worst and most forced performances of Reese Witherspoon's career, an irritating performance by Sofia Vergara(whom I love on 'Modern Family') and a seemingly endless parade of lazy and arbitrary plot twists and turns.
Posted May 8, 2015
50
1.0
The D Train (2015)
Nothing about "The D Train" feels the least bit authentic, and worse, little about it is funny. That's a deadly recipe for a dark comedy.
Posted May 8, 2015