Sight and Sound
"Mine is a minority opinion, but I am convinced that his experiments with video and colour will make Il Mistero di Oberwald the Becky Sharp of cinema's long-promised and long-deferred electronic era."
"With this film, Tarkovsky re-entrusts to the medium a responsibility which in the West is upheld, if at all, only by documentaries (and by a rare maverick work like Pasolini's Salò): that of testifying, of showing."
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
"Spielberg would seem to be groping towards a virtual theology of space, space as Heaven, offering solace to a world which has foolishly renounced its traditional God but still aches to extend its own spiritual frontiers."
Inside Out (2015)
"The latest computer-animation feature from Disney Pixar, Inside Out is an epic journey across a fantastic landscape which also happens to be compellingly concerned with the quotidian experience of an 11-year-old girl."
Estate, a Reverie (2015)
"Estate, A Reverie serves as a graffiti-like reminder of the individuals and personal histories, so easily overlooked, that are as important as the buildings that house them in making up a community."
The Wonders (2015)
"Without any of the self-importance, maudlin sentimentality or winking reflexivity that characterises most coming-of-age tales, Alice Rohrwacher's second feature is a patient argument for, and quiet toast to, a rapidly disappearing way of life."
Song Of The Sea (2014)
Dear White People (2014)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
"For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm."
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Disaster Playground (2015)
"Armed with a copy of Jean Baudrillard's America, a disarmingly playful spirit and an arsenal of toys for use as props in absurd reenactments, Hayoun['s documentary] takes a postmodern approach to this very American apocalypse. "
Above And Below (2016)
Noah's Ark (2015)
"this devilishly tense, increasingly hallucinatory thriller uses a vessel stalled at sea as a vivid allegory for a world on credit and in economic meltdown, with nobody truly responsible at the helm."
Welcome To Leith (2015)
"Nichols and Walker's documentary... demonstrates not only the insidious manner in which Cobb and co. operate on the very edge of legality, but also their toxic effect on a community which ends up crudely mirroring the methods of the enemy within. "
"a coming-of-age film... that bucks convention by daring to suggest that the connections between us will remain strong amidst global disaster, and that every winter - even a post-apocalyptic one - is followed by a new spring."
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Before Midnight (2013)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"There has been a debunking tendency in Holmes films and fiction since Wilder... But Mr. Holmes plays a subtler, more affecting game while retaining a fondness for Doyle's characters and their depths."
The Look of Silence (2015)
"One might say that The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence... are two halves of a diptych - or uneasy neighbours, like the former members of the Komando Aksi killing squads and their families, and the families of their victims."
Listen Up Philip (2014)
"Happily stuck in a literary era from before he was born, Perry never seems starry-eyed -- Listen Up Philip may be the most lucid film ever made about the modern fiction publishing industry, not that it has much competition."
"located in the uncanny valley where humanity ends and artificial intelligence begins... it is a dead-eyed, voyeuristic glare into a future where technological advance is driven by the very worst kind of masculine imperatives."
Closer To God (2015)
"This modern spin on Frankenstein... openly wears its influences (especially David Cronenberg's The Brood), but mutates them into something very much of the now while striking just the right tone of tragic gravitas."
Deep Dark (2015)
"Tonally, the film is all over the place & overplays its own quirkiness to often irritating effect - but as a showcase for Gaudio's mastery of different cinematic forms, it's an impressive calling card. It also, appropriately, comes with a good ending"
The Incident (El Incidente) (2014)
"Channeling Escher, Philip K. Dick and Groundhog Day, these parallel stories, bound irrationally together in their own Möbius-strip-like interrelationship, entrap characters for decades in infernal loops..."
Movement And Location (2015)
"The drama that emerges from these broken, fugitive lives is as an allegory of exile, immigration and assimilation, while defamiliarising the things (food, water, space) that we take for granted in our own times."
Man Vs. (2015)
The Quiet Hour (2014)
"Archetypal and resonant precisely for the bare simplicity of its narrative architecture, the infrequency of its dialogue and the sparse beauty of its dark mise en scène, Dawn is a moody, minimalist alternative to Miller's mad maximalism."
"There are few filmmakers alive today wearing a mantle of moral authority comparable to that which Sissako has taken upon himself, and if his film has been met with an extraordinary amount of acclaim, it is because he manages to wear this mantle lightly."
The Tribe (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is a hammer-down, cast-iron-plated, diesel-exhaust-belching manifesto on the physics of screen action, a metamechanics monster truck show with everything but a Robosaurus."