Black Mass (2015)
Depp's performance as Bulger is as strong, and as energized, as anything he's done on screen for years.
Posted Sep 18, 2015
Sicario opens on a power chord of fear, nausea, and dread that resonates throughout the whole movie.
Posted Sep 17, 2015
The Second Mother isn't just a backdrop for Casé's bravura acting, nor for the equally well-observed performances of the whole ensemble cast. Muylaert's camera -- the cinematography is by Barbara Alvarez --moves with fluid expressiveness.
Posted Aug 31, 2015
Z For Zachariah (2015)
Zobel and Modi have crafted a thoughtful narrative about the experience of navigating and attempting to accommodate others' personalities.
Posted Aug 28, 2015
Queen of Earth (2015)
Watching Queen of Earth, you realize that every single aspect of its production is reflective, meant to refract or clarify the dual personalities at its center.
Posted Aug 26, 2015
American Ultra (2015)
In the end, American Ultra is doomed by its nondescript script.
Posted Aug 20, 2015
It's about grief and the importance of moving on.
Posted Aug 19, 2015
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
While no one will mistake this for a protest film-there are too many pool parties-the movie's portrait of a militarized police force all too eager to assault young black men can't help but resonate in our own moment.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Mistress America (2015)
The script gets stagy, the jokes fall flat, and the manic pacing doesn't make up the difference.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Ricki And The Flash (2015)
The screenplay doesn't lack for memorable zingers, and thanks to Cody's script and Streep's performance, Ricki emerges as a complex, self-contradictory person (even if most of the supporting characters don't).
Posted Aug 6, 2015
The End Of The Tour (2015)
I greatly enjoyed it and would watch it again ...
Posted Jul 30, 2015
The Look of Silence (2015)
[It] isn't quite documentary filmmaking, but it certainly (and sickeningly) isn't fiction either.
Posted Jul 17, 2015
[Schumer] takes the romantic-comedy heroine and the onscreen treatment of feminism to places they've seldom, if ever, been before.
Posted Jul 16, 2015
Blade II (2002)
There's no script to speak of, but del Toro devises every battle to wow even the most jaded martial-arts mavens; the dissolutions and implosions are beautiful.
Posted Jul 14, 2015
There isn't a whisper of spontaneity.
Posted Jul 14, 2015
A sneaky slice-of-life indie that comes on all casual and cinéma-verité in the early scenes, then slowly coalesces into a romantic comedy as intricately constructed as any door-slamming stage farce.
Posted Jul 10, 2015
Dope's biggest strength lies in its affectionate and honest portrait of a different kind of young urban blackness than we're used to seeing on movie screens.
Posted Jun 19, 2015
Inside Out (2015)
Only in the medium of animation could a conceit as elaborate as Inside Out's be dramatized, and only animation this well-designed and executed could bring such a story so vibrantly to life.
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Jurassic World (2015)
You don't go to the fourth Jurassic Park movie for up-to-date gender politics. You go for the crunchy dino-on-human action, and Jurassic World provides plenty of that.
Posted Jun 12, 2015
Spy lampoons sexism without abandoning sex-a tough tone for a comedy to strike but one that Feig and McCarthy manage to accomplish with both a sense of justice and a sense of humor.
Posted Jun 4, 2015
American Sniper (2015)
American Sniper has a perspective that's recognizable from the classic Westerns Eastwood has long been associated with, both as an actor and a director. It's an existential critique of violent machismo that doubles as a celebration of violence.
Posted May 31, 2015
Tomorrowland is a highly original, occasionally even visionary piece of sci-fi filmmaking, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie.
Posted May 21, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
This sequel succumbs to a predictable syndrome and goes big when it should have gone home. Its self-satisfaction is a step toward cynicism, and that is what a Pitch Perfect film must never be.
Posted May 15, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Essentially, the story is one extended, spectacular car chase, which changes directions mid-movie to retrace its own footsteps as the stunts grow bigger and more outrageous with each passing mile.
Posted May 12, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Age of Ultron, then, shows what happens when an unstoppable force (Joss Whedon's imagination) meets an immovable object (the Disney/Marvel behemoth).
Posted Apr 28, 2015
Last Knights (2015)
Once upon a time, filmmakers had the luxury of giving their genre movies time to breathe; you don't see much of that on a big scale any more. I loved this movie, warts and all.
Posted Apr 3, 2015
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)
I can't say that this austere, beautiful movie satisfied my impatient desire for answers. (It seems, in fact, to be a rebuttal to that desire.) But I'll be thinking about Kumiko's journey for a long time.
Posted Mar 20, 2015
[Branagh] manages to de-toxify Disney's flagship fairy tale without overcorrecting away its prettiness, sincerity, or charm.
Posted Mar 12, 2015
The Hunting Ground (2015)
By refusing to engage the current conversation about this issue, the film does its subjects-and us all-a disservice.
Posted Feb 27, 2015
Maps to the Stars (2015)
The cast offers up an impressive variety of grotesques, even if no performance seems to occupy quite the same tonal register as any other.
Posted Feb 26, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
A generic romance cynically engineered to appeal to the lowest common denominator of female fantasy.
Posted Feb 12, 2015
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine seeks to restore Shepard's humanity to his name, to tell the story of the person who was murdered for being who he was.
Posted Feb 9, 2015
The Voices (2015)
The film is mostly a mess, albeit an occasionally endearing one.
Posted Feb 6, 2015
Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
Posted Jan 17, 2015
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
One of the countless sad things about losing Hoffman is the realization that we'll never get to watch him single-handedly elevate an otherwise OK movie again.
Posted Jan 5, 2015
The Imitation Game (2014)
This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.
Posted Jan 4, 2015
It seems like a lot of satirical hue and cry about a social problem I'm not sure the nation is currently plagued by. Are local TV news stations really conducting daily bidding wars over the goriest footage random freelancers can bring them?
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A Most Violent Year (2015)
For me A Most Violent Year remained an abstract idea of a great period crime drama, rather than a fleshly incarnation of one.
Posted Jan 2, 2015
The Interview (2014)
If you like your dictator mockery served on a sharper, smarter dish, you should probably just do what everyone else seems to be doing, and rewatch Team America: World Police.
Posted Dec 24, 2014
Into the Woods (2014)
Instead of being a rueful meditation on the inevitable disappointments of adulthood, the last act plays out as a generic dystopian bummer.
Posted Dec 24, 2014
By focusing on the power of cannily staged collective action to turn the tide of public opinion, Selma achieves a contemporary relevance that few historical dramas can ...
Posted Dec 19, 2014
Mr. Turner (2014)
Writing about Mr. Turner a few weeks after seeing it, I feel a craving to be again immersed in its world, which is rich with colors, textures, and, it sometimes almost seems, smells ...
Posted Dec 18, 2014
It may occasionally seem to be aware of its undiluted preposterousness, but that hardly eases the experience of sitting through its endless cartoonish action sequences and overwrought emotional payoffs.
Posted Dec 17, 2014
Top Five (2014)
Extremely enjoyable ...
Posted Dec 12, 2014
Zero Motivation (2014)
Zero Motivation is what you would get if the Coen brothers directed an episode of Broad City in Israel.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
Still Alice (2015)
Glatzer and Westmoreland don't need to stack the emotional deck on Alice's behalf ... They just leave the camera on Moore's beautiful but increasingly faraway face, and our tears come on their own.
Posted Dec 5, 2014
The story Wild cares about, and tells with admirable honesty and cinematic grace, has less to do with the out-of-doors than with the inside-of-head.
Posted Dec 4, 2014
The Babadook (2014)
The Babadook makes everyday domestic life seem like the most natural possible place to encounter monsters of every description, including the monsters that we ourselves have the capacity to become.
Posted Nov 28, 2014
IMockingjay's placeholder status is a little too evident in its choppy, shapeless structure, this dark third chapter does have stretches of somber beauty.
Posted Nov 20, 2014
Beyond the Lights (2014)