Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
"Bigelow pulls us into the twilight world of terrorism, betrayal and the sudden shock of violence and it's a tribute to her art that we're on the edge of our seats even though we know how it all turns out."
Quantum of Solace (2008)
"Skyfall is highly aware of the earlier stuff, and even pays direct homage to the work of previous Bonds via props and plot, ensuring any true 007 fan will feel a tickle from every Aston Martin reference."
Django Unchained (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Wolverine (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
"Neither the message nor the sparingly used special effects get in the way of entertainment, proving Iron Man really is a throwback to a kinder, gentler and decidedly more fun era of subversive filmmaking."
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Star Trek (2009)
"As far as performance goes, Pine and Karl Urban -- Kirk and Bones, respectively -- do offer up moments of tongue-in-cheek allusion, but they sell it straight-up, and save the movie from becoming a list of inside jokes."
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
"A compelling piece of entertainment that poses bigger questions than it answers, Slumdog Millionaire is a modern version of the Cinderella story with some spicy food for thought, and an undeniably sweet core."
No Country for Old Men (2007)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
Still Alice (2015)
"Thanks to some intuitive direction from the filmmakers and a truly inspired performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice articulates the very specific type of loss that Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders represent."
Winter Sleep (2014)
"In many ways, Ceylan turns Aydin's hotel into a model ant colony where we can watch pockets of activity in isolation, and with its earthen cavities and clay cubbyholes, it's an image that fits, right down to the struggle for power."
Two Days, One Night (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
Inherent Vice (2015)
"Instead of melting into the holes of the story like so much warm butter, the audience gets scraped across Anderson's room-temperature toast. There's no chemical reaction, which has the effect of leaving the audience cold."
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Into the Woods (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
"The movie starts off strong thanks to its star's sheer charisma and our desire to see the parting of the Red Sea in digital high-def, but it can't keep our interest for the near-three-hour running time."
Top Five (2014)
The Babadook (2014)
"We can't help but follow because we empathize with every character -- even the big black sharp-fingered monster that pops up from the dark depths of the subconscious to wreak havoc in the supposed safety of daylight."
"In the hands of Adams, the evolution elicits as much sympathy as it does laughter, largely because she grounds every pivotal moment in wide-eyed kindness and generosity, pushing us to care about her fate."
"The adolescent subplot is treated sweetly by Newell. The awkward dances and dating faux pas at the school ball feel like additions from some other, less mythic series, and form a welcome respite from the intense magic-making of the rest of the film."
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
"Much like the film itself, the actress wears her heart on her sleeve then wipes her runny nose on it, offering the viewer all the human poetry of heartache, and all the goofy comedy of getting over it."
Gemma Bovery (2015)
Force Majeure (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
"The Homesman is a story of faith versus the void, civilization versus the frontier, life versus death. It's dark matter, but Jones and Swank bring some sparkle to the dust with their perfectly balanced performances."
" Rosewater, Stewart's first feature, is a sentimental mess that registers as a consistent flat line, but we can still respect him and star Gael García Bernal because it's obvious they had their hearts, minds and money in the right place."
Low Down (2014)