Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
"The cleverness of "10 Cloverfield Lane" is that it continually keeps the audience guessing, offering crumbs of hints, but never revealing its hand - at least for the first 95 of its 105-minute run time."
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
"The movie seems to lack a solid point of view; it basically offers a series of vignettes without any unifying theme or common thread - except that these adrenaline junkies in a foreign land drink and screw around a lot. ..."
London Has Fallen (2016)
Eddie The Eagle (2016)
The Witch (2016)
" 'The Witch' holds your attention as (Robert) Eggers, in his (directorial) debut, creates a stifling atmosphere of tension, anticipation and jolts. You wait for the other shoe to drop as occurrences slowly grow more and more unsettling."
The Lady In The Van (2015)
Where to Invade Next (2016)
Son of Saul (2015)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
45 Years (2015)
The Finest Hours (2016)
"Throughout the film, (Michael) Bay seems to display anger and frustration with an antiquated U.S. foreign policy that fails to realize that the old ways of operating do not apply in a changing world rife with religious and national radicalism."
The Revenant (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
" 'Concussion' may make you think twice about letting your child participate in football. It also may change the way you view the professional gladiators who, it now seems, put their lives at risk to entertain and thrill us."
"It's not the story so much that is striking as Haynes' re-creation of the era. And it is not just in costumes and sets; it's the way he uses his camera to capture knowing glances, furtive looks, gestures and silences that speak volumes."
The Big Short (2015)
"While "Legend" definitely has its drawbacks, you basically overlook or ignore them because of Hardy. His characterizations are superb, showing the contradictions and nuances of brotherly sociopaths who are laws unto themselves."
" 'The Force Awakens,' written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, offers enough salutes and nods to the original trilogy to please those fans, while introducing interesting and likable characters that will entice new followers to the series."
"Despite some jokes falling flat, "Sisters" is nearly nonstop laughter that makes you hope for more pairings of Fey and Poehler, and perhaps a stronger script that could really take advantage of their comic personalities."
The Danish Girl (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
" 'In the Heart of the Sea' is a solid adventure that fails to reach the heroic heights it aims for. The film's uneven pace, at times, keeps you at arm's length, while it moves toward reconciling its two plotlines."
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (2006)
Paper Towns (2015)
Flowers in the Attic (2014)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Night Before (2015)
"For a film that is supposed to be about the holiday spirit, "The Night Before" is rife with selfish and self-centered behavior by its major protagonists who, at times, seem to be friends simply because the script says so."
The 33 (2015)
" 'Truth' works hard to make a profound statement about journalism in the vein of "All the President's Men" or "The Insider," but it falls short mainly because it refuses to admit that the report was simply shoddy journalism."
"The abundance of older features on Blu-rays and DVDs have helped give younger filmgoers an appreciation of classic movies. "They can learn so much more on how to pace and set a scene from Tod Browning over Michael Bay," Mankiweicz said."
Coming Home (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Peace Officer (2015)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
" 'He Named Me Malala' would have been a much-improved film if (director Davis) Guggenheim had been more objective and given us a fuller and deeper portrait of this extraordinary and exquisite role model."
The Martian (2015)
The Walk (2015)