Sight and Sound
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."
"This is no quietly incremental coming-of-age narrative, but a brash, at times distressing series of snapshots of the life of undereducated black working-class girls on the bottom rung of every social and economic ladder."
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
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)