"With animation art that is both minimalist and fascinating, the girl power throbs in this old-timey riff on courage and adventure. To a teen and under, the motive and the wonderment will take you far."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The Trust (2016)
"A bit of light larceny and a trippy ride-along with more than a little magical realism featuring an outlandish interpretation by Nicolas Cage of a corrupt detective who mentors and depraves a junior officer with off-the-charts avarice."
The Hateful Eight (2015)
"The creative team is to be commended for a franchise resurrection that catches the spirit of what knocked the socks off a prior generation of galactic film fans. Epic entertainment. Epic movie event."
The Revenant (2015)
"In a rare performance that intertwines the character with an appreciation of what the actor had to do to achieve it, DiCaprio sets a new standard of physical sacrifice for the realization of a role."
The Big Short (2015)
"Told the way it is, the story is both expose' and entertainment. The traders taking the biggest profits come off as sympathetic heroes. We tend to like stories about underestimated people who get the last laugh or which expose corruption in high places."
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
The Martian (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
Adult Beginners (2015)
"The melodrama is absorbing and well directed, but I have to take points away for indulging so much in jacked up brutality of sustained fight scenes... and behavioral swings on the extremes of sympathetic acceptance."
Jurassic World (2015)
"A pitch against genetic modification of animals, ancient or otherwise? An indictment of corporate greed at any cost to others? To the extent it's seen that way, the purposes of entertainment override the "messages.""
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
The Theory of Everything (2014)
American Sniper (2015)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"Chandor continuously raises the stakes on defying the violent, capturing our sympathies and commanding our engagement. That comes with the enjoyment of penetrating character insight and expression without compromise or exaggeration."
Inherent Vice (2015)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
"With the exceptional commercial pedigree of its source material, this is overwritten in all aspects--presumably for being crafted for the screen by a novelist determined not to compromise her work for the sake of the medium."
The Equalizer (2014)
The Drop (2014)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
"Call it an offbeat psychological comedy, an off-balance dramedy with instrumental backing, a study in psychopathy, an amusement from a dark mind, or an adventure with a wannabe musician who gets a gig in the wrong (or, right) band."
Upside Down (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Ha-shoter (Policeman) (2014)
"If you can believe that repetitions of death/life can be used as a slow build toward gaining on an invincible enemy, you'll appreciate that this creative team has made a movie in which there isn't a dull moment."
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Unbelievers (2013)
Lone Survivor (2014)