Sight and Sound
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"For all its evocation of the 'classical' western, Jauja also, at moments, conjures a chilled-out Alejandro Jodorowsky -- less obviously surrealistic but no less provocative in its core propositions."
While We're Young (2015)
Wild Tales (2015)
"Each morsel of well-rounded, perfectly structured storytelling becomes part of a coherent, exuberant whole, linked as much as anything by a potent political anger directed against inequality and abuse, be it emotional, physical or economic."
"While the characters feel very simplified at times, there are scenes that put great weight on performance and subtle expressions, in a way that's nearer to the classical Disney tradition than most Japanese animation."
"Kes, admirably photographed by Chris Menges (who was camera operator on Poor Cow) is not to be lightly dismissed; and Loach's success with young players especially makes one eager to see his forthcoming film for the Save the Children Fund."
Run All Night (2015)
"From street to cell, this is a precise, thoroughgoing indictment of the systemic sexism, racism and classism that creates a climate of endemic sex work, and it combines this with bold and revelatory strategies for making change."
It Follows (2015)
"One of this film's many intriguing aspects is the emphasis it places on the continuation of ordinary, busy, trivial life in the midst of a crisis -- as well as the adrenalised, carnival atmosphere that can accompany one."
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Love Is Strange (2014)
The Man In The Orange Jacket (2015)
National Gallery (2014)
"We're used to documentaries having a pedagogical or activist itinerary, but Wiseman's have become fastidiously unpedantic -- his simple Terence-like interest in what other human beings do and how they do it is more than enough."
Inherent Vice (2015)
Gangs of Wasseypur (2014)
"Gangs of Wasseypur is, then, an adrenalin shot of a film, powered along by an inventive score by Sneha Khanwalkar that's a grab-bag of diverse genres including north Indian folk, electronica and even Indo-Caribbean reggae."
"Gyllenhaal faces the tricky task of conveying the subtle differences of two men whose identities are thrown into flux. The result is his most nuanced performance since playing another sleuth caught out of his depth in Zodiac."
Le Week-End (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Gam-si-ja-deul (Cold Eyes) (2013)
"remake of Eye In The Sky (2007) redressed in Korean clothing, Cold Eyes concerns undercover cops who blend in with the armed robbers they're pursuing, & organised criminals who are indistinguishable from crooked politicians and 'fat-ass executives'."
Il-dae-il (One on One) (2014)
"Kim lays bare the trappings - and traps - of power, although by making his characters inhabit overschematic scenarios & speak endlessly in big, capital-letter themes, his agitprop will leave many longing for the mute personae of his earlier works. "
Man On High Heels (Hai-hil) (2014)
Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015)
"The film plays like Jang Chul-soo's Bedevilled (2010), only without ever quite allowing its bunny to boil. A deep moral ambiguity comes cloaked in a happy-seeming ending that cannot quite keep off the rainy chill."
Last Shift (2015)
ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
The Pact II (2014)
"rather like a modern giallo with its twisty whodunnit plotting and irrational elements, but likely to prove incomprehensible, at least through its first third, to anyone who's not seen Nicholas McCarthy's original and better The Pact (20121). "
The Editor (2014)
"a knowing pastiche of the giallo genre, so incoherent and ridiculous it could almost pass for the genuine article... felt at times overstretched and perhaps could have done after all with the touch of "the world's greatest editor"."
"My relationship with Goodbye to Language has not been a honeymoon of unruffled bliss, but I'm glad to have had it, and can say unequivocally that it should be seen in an environment where its 3D effects can do their work -- that is to say, in a cinema."
Winter Sleep (2014)
Concerning Violence (2014)
The Grandmaster (2013)
Life Itself (2014)
When Animals Dream (2015)
"Riffing on Carrie (1976) and Ginger Snaps (2000), and set almost entirely in wintry fog and mist, Jonas Alexander Arnby's film depicts a young woman embracing the monstrous feminine even as she is confronted by smalltown fear and prejudice."
Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)
"Jamie's death [is] a shifting, formative influence on Gracie and Adam's future life. Smith conjures this bizarre love triangle without recourse to any special effects, and maintains a wintry melancholy throughout."
"Like the Scream films, [this] is a self-conscious reimagining; unlike Craven's films it revisits not just a former slasher movie but also a genuine cause célèbre, & shows the way that stories about the latter ramify to create their own casualties."
Musarañas (Shrew's Nest) (2014)