Christian Science Monitor
Seymour: An Introduction (2015)
"The unfortunate disconnect between great artistry and great commercial success runs throughout history. But Bernstein is a special case because, unlike so many great musicians who fell unwillingly by the wayside, he chose his own path."
The Graduate (1967)
The Crying Game (1992)
All of Me (1984)
"It's a ridiculous story, and the screenplay stuffs it with low jokes and bathroom humor. Yet a number of scenes are sly as well as silly, and director Carl Reiner knows when to inject a little pathos for a change of pace."
Windy City (1984)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Merchants Of Doubt (2015)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
"Its characters are often abrasive; its language is consistently foul; and it takes a complicated view of race-related violence. Yet it's an attractive and even beguiling film in many ways, too, with large resources of humor and intelligence."
The Salvation (2015)
"This is the kind of movie where we're not supposed to know at any time who is playing whom, but since the characterizations are glossy and paper-thin, it's difficult to get worked up about who gets fleeced."
"[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined."
Queen and Country (2015)
McFarland USA (2015)
Wild Tales (2015)
Ballet 422 (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Johnson is rather sweet, though, and if she played a role that required her to look more than alternately smitten and poleaxed, she could score big. But now that Fifty Shades is poised to be a franchise, will she have that chance?"
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
"Like the nuclear submarine it's named after, The Hunt for Red October is big, shiny, and expensive. But it's also hard, cold, and cumbersome, just when it's trying hardest to be likable and even friendly."
"Directed by Milos Forman, this film is livelier, more absorbing, and generally better acted than Dangerous Liaisons, which arrived a year ago. But it runs out of inspiration long before it runs out of plot twists."
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Red Army (2015)
Black Sea (2015)
Winter Sleep (2014)
The Humbling (2015)
"Given our brave new cyber world, someone in Hollywood is going to have to come up with a better way to do it. Watching actors tap out code as big buzzing screens of digital data flash on the screen just doesn't cut it."
Song Of The Sea (2014)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Under the Skin (2014)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"For all his failings, Kolya, in the movie's terms, is a natural man, and so his fate in fighting his implacable enemies in the state has a mythic resonance. The movie would not be as powerful as it is if he were haloed."
American Sniper (2015)
Big Eyes (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
"Revolution has been dazzlingly shot by cinematographer Bernard Lutic in a process called System 35, but so much visual grandeur seems more embarrassing than engaging when the dramatic element is such a mess."
Inherent Vice (2015)