The Night Before manages to be both an irreverent and sincere Christmas movie, sure to be a holiday favorite (albeit a zany one) for years to come.
Z for Zachariah uses its post-apocalyptic backdrop to craft a compelling and moody character study.
Straight Outta Compton hurtles toward greatness only to fall short in execution. Yet, aiming high and falling short still results in a very good film.
Mr. Holmes is a solid (if unremarkable) period drama that is anchored by a great Ian McKellen performance as an old Sherlock Holmes.
Trainwreck is an honest film that defies gender stereotypes; though, more often than not, it still adheres to familiar romantic comedy tropes.
Though being a formulaic Marvel superhero origin tale, Ant-Man gets a boost from a good ensemble cast and an overall tone of fun and creativity from director Peyton Reed.
Magic Mike XXL may not be an insightful continuation of its predecessor, but it delivers an experience that many wanted the first time around.
Jurassic World is a big, shiny, and entertaining roller coaster ride, though the 'World' is more interesting than the people.
Spy is a very good showcase for Melissa McCarthy and another successful collaboration between her and director Paul Feig.
It misses the bar of classic movie greatness but Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most exciting and entertaining Marvel entries.
Furious 7 is another solid Fast and the Furious installment - one that (flaws aside) provides a nice farewell to star Paul Walker.
The film might not be as deep as it aspires to be, but It Follows is one retro horror movie that's quite creepy and has style to spare.
The combined power of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell is enough to make 'Get Hard's raunchy and juvenile look at prison life a whole lot of depraved fun.
Chappie succeeds in Blomkamp's principle goal: exploring a heightened version of childhood development told through the lens of gritty science-fiction and gangster stereotypes.
Even though Project Almanac does not reinvent the found footage format, the movie still manages to tell a gripping (and stylish) time travel story.
'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' is solid DC superhero entertainment and a great introduction to the Aquaman character.
Tim Burton buttons down his kooky expressiveness with Big Eyes, but the resulting film is one of his better (and more self-reflective) in recent memory.
'Into the Woods' struggles in fine tuning prior iterations for the big screen, and finding its own identity as a film, but it's still an overall enchanting and entertaining musical experience for all ages.
It's a solid entry in the series, and lays an intriguing foundation for Part 2, but on its own Mockingjay - Part 1 is rarely as entertaining or rewarding as its predecessors.