Dances With Wolves (1990)
The DUFF (2015)
"You know what would be revolutionary? Making a really good movie about a three-dimensional teenage female character that doesn't start and finish with both eyes on the same old punishing character types."
The Last 5 Years (2015)
McFarland USA (2015)
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)
"The result asserts the two-headed truism: Artists in many countries will always find grim, sometimes deadly opposition, and those same artists will continue to risk everything to remain alive inside."
Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
""Fifty Shades of Grey" turns out to be an intriguing tussle - not in the sack, or in the Red Room of Pain, but in its internal war between the dubious erotica of James' novel (the first of three) and the far craftier trash offered by the movie."
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Apartment Zero (1989)
Cosmic Africa (2003)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
"Visionaries often lose their way in their own visions. The majority of moviemakers and movies stick to outdated, predictable formulas and conventions. The Wachowskis, on the other hand, are not afraid to strand you early and often in Jupiter Ascending."
Black Sea (2015)
"Handled artfully by Macdonald, whose earlier work includes "The Last King of Scotland," Dennis Kelly's script pulls bits and pieces from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "The Wages of Fear" and its remake, "Sorcerer.""
Still Life (2015)
"Marsan's technical precision as an actor is formidable, and he's wonderful to watch. But when the material's synthetic, as it is here, you wish Marsan could bust loose at the expense of the movie's obsessively orderly nature."
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
The Boy Next Door (2015)
"I wish "The Boy Next Door" were a different, zingier sort of mediocrity, but whenever it threatens to go the full Zalman King "Two Moon Junction" route, it pulls back and behaves itself and settles for a grindingly predictable series of escalations."
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"Chandor has yet to learn the fine points of screw-turning when a story's momentum calls for it. But he knows a great deal about writing effective, striving, eagle-eyed characters caught in tricky situations."
Two Days, One Night (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
"There's a difference between a film about a man reluctant to acknowledge the psychological toll of what he endured and a movie that basically doesn't want to talk about it or question it, or think about it, period."
Inherent Vice (2015)
Le Week-End (2014)
"Before long the movie -- as neatly constructed as it is -- isn't really behaving like a movie, but more like life, as it's lived by a fractious pair of empty nesters who find themselves at a crossroads."
Under the Skin (2014)
Winter Sleep (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
"For years, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's 1987 fairy tale mashup, written with librettist James Lapine, has hacked its way through the thicket of Hollywood development. And the movie now before us? Here's a relief: It's good."
"The overall vibe of this folly is curdled and utterly blase; it's a 118-minute foregone conclusion, finesse-free and perilously low on the simple performance pleasures we look for in any musical, of any period."
The Babadook (2014)
"Rohmer's style, over the years, has become so easy and natural that, at its best, his work never seems like fabricated drama... While this low-budget Tale of Winter may seem simple, it's a masterly simplicity."
Batman Returns (1992)