Comedy of horrors

What We Do in the Shadows

Comedy Rated R

"...mixes the documentary format with fantasy elements to create some fantastically funny stuff."
Playing it safe

Fifty Shades of Grey

Drama Rated R

"...a lukewarm exercise in timidity that - if not exactly embarrassed by its subject matter - is extremely wary of diving too deeply into it."
Bloody mess

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Horror Rated NR

"...less eerily disorienting than disjointed."
Wiggy stardust

Jupiter Ascending

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

"...concludes in a gigantic fireball of insignificance."
Space in the crowd

Blackhat

Action/Adventure Rated R

"...manages an idiosyncratic pulse for a cyber-thriller, and that’s due largely to Mann."
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Song of the Sea

Family Rated PG

“…argues that grief and sadness have their proper place in the childhood experience.”

American Sniper

Drama Rated R

“…a sturdy study of masculinity, from an icon of the topic.”

Selma

Drama Rated R

“…founded on a communal sense of historical accomplishment.”

The Imitation Game

Drama Rated PG-13

“Nearly every moment is infused with Importance.”

Into the Woods

Musical Rated PG

“…musical numbers that veer toward the operatic, then turgid.”

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

“The equivalent of watching a game of Risk, with all the emotional involvement such an activity would hold.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

“…both a drag and a hoot (and unfortunately more of the former than the latter).”

Inherent Vice

Comedy Rated R

“…a witty, bleak and affectionate riff on the gumshoe genre.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I

Action/Adventure Rated PG-13

“With Mockingjay – Part I, the series becomes a clever commentary on the genre it helped cement.”

The Theory of Everything

Drama Rated PG-13

“…the noble patient, served up with heavy doses of tea and sympathy.”