Sight and Sound
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)
"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)