Sight and Sound
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)
"Elegant yet utterly over the top, this shrill film requires a high tolerance for melodrama - yet while it barely hides its narrative secrets, it does conceal allegory of an adolescent Spain struggling to break free from the sins of the father."
Welp (Cub) (2014)
"This follow-up to Blackburn's Donkey Punch is beautifully shot, and sets its mostly familiar stalk-and-dash material within the context of contemporary online anomie and a broader debate about chance versus causality."
In Darkness We Fall (2014)
Wu ren qu (No Man's Land) (2013)
"a western & Coens-esque caper of collisions deliberate & accidental... comes with allegorical undercurrents, as the most extortionate, exploitative aspects of unchecked capitalism come to define the wild borderlands of this "story about animals""
Tokyo Tribe (2015)
"their dogged pursuit of the bottom line & the lowest common denominator, combined with genuine cinephilia, artistic ambitions & a staggering lack of good taste, would engender delirious genre mashups alongside the odd, unexpected masterpiece."
Beyond Clueless (2014)
The Book of Life (2014)
"Drawing on Mexican folklore and other Latin American traditions, Jorge R. Gutiérrez's version of death in his beautiful, witty 3D-animated debut The Book of Life is bursting with vibrant colours and magic -- a constantly expanding, neverending party."
Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
"For all its flaws '71 offers a lapel-grabbing, immersive viewing experience likely to shake up audiences who couldn't otherwise care less about the boredom-factor whys and wherefores of Northern Ireland's bitterest years."
Gone Girl (2014)
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
"Accompanied by a valuable ruminative voiceover from Cave himself, pondering the interconnectedness of his many narrative songs, the whole artefact offers a fascinating portrait of an artist and performer with a relentless drive to create."
Finding Fela! (2014)
"Finding Fela fully earns its two-hour running time, and could easily have sustained more, such is the wealth of material and music, and such is the brisk momentum maintained by Gibney and editor Lindy Jankura."
Night Moves (2014)
"Here's how good a filmmaker Kelly Reichardt is. She can pack an entire movie's worth of meaning into a sliver of onscreen space, and do it so subtly that even attentive viewers might miss the trick."
Two Days, One Night (2014)
"As usual in Dardenne films, such melodramatic contrivances are softened by their integration into the naturalistic flow of incidents, by the overall sensitivity to social and economic realities and by the generally credible performances."
Underdogs (Metegol) (2015)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Norte, the End of History (2014)
"Diaz's most vocal fans do him no favours in this regard: he might become a better, more self-critical director if people stopped reassuring him that every new film he makes is a deathless masterpiece."
Bicycling with Moliere (2014)
Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)
"This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other."
Pain & Gain (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
"It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work."
Venus in Fur (2014)
The Punk Singer (2013)
How To Disappear Completely (2014)
"Shot wide, and made to resound to a throbbing electro pulse... How To Disappear Completely is a haunting, apocalyptic vision that hypnotises the viewer into a trance state while establishing an almost tangible sense of approaching dread."
On The Job (2013)
"This is the first Filipino film to have been shot entirely on green-screen chroma key, so at least there are oddly stylised backgrounds against which all the one-dimensional characters can play out their sub-Night of the Living Dead siege routines."
The Search For Weng Weng (2014)