This Never HappenedThe first film by the creator of Mad Men plummets to Earth.
SamenessThe Giver claims to oppose conformity but warps its source material to resemble every other teen-marketed dystopia.
The Designing WomanThe perfect career of Lauren Bacall—an exquisite beauty with the quickest mind in the room—in five films.
Brendan Gleeson Gets BiblicalThe great Irish actor gets a black-humored, faith-obsessed showcase in Calvary.
The Most Wanted ManAs he did so many times before, Philip Seymour Hoffman elevates the movie around him.
We Are the Best!A wonderful Swedish comedy about girls in a punk band.
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesThe primate revolution enters its Reign of Terror phase.
Life ItselfRoger Ebert at the movies, at home, and in the hospital.
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionTwo Slate staffers try—and fail—to explain what happens in the franchise’s fourth film.
They Came TogetherThere’s not enough pepper in this paprikash.
Venus in FurA sharp, sexy comedy about the complex theater of contemporary gender relations.
The RoverGuy Pearce really wants his car back.
The Fault In Our StarsI didn’t cry once. What is wrong with me?
Obvious ChildA modest little comedy about an abortion.
MaleficentA fairy tale about the evil spell Angelina Jolie has cast on America.
The NewlywedsJohn Lithgow and Alfred Molina in the enchanting, romantic Love Is Strange.
If You Have to MaskMichael Fassbender, in search of a new challenge, covers up in Frank.
The Art House in Your Living RoomFilm lovers, it's time to cede the summer to multiplexes and watch strange little movies at home. These three make a great start.
Guardians of the GalaxySure, it’s a Marvel spoof from Marvel, but it’s surprisingly light on its feet.
ÜberfrauTurn off 90 percent of your brain to watch Lucy.
Sex TapeThe sex tape in Sex Tape seems much more entertaining than Sex Tape.
BoyhoodAs transcendent as it is ordinary—just like life.
TammyMelissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon have terrific comic chemistry.
SnowpiercerThis train makes stops at bleak political allegory, elaborately choreographed ax battles, and goofy comic pratfalls. All aboard!
Jersey BoysAs I recall it ended none too soon.
Pixote’s GameSpike Lee’s misguided World Cup joint.
22 Jump StreetCan the bromance survive without bromophobia?
Edge of TomorrowWatch out for that alien tentacle—it’s a doozy!
Night MovesA slow-burning suspense thriller from Kelly Reichardt, with an ending you’ll argue about all night.
The Book Every Movie Lover Should OwnThe sixth—and possibly last—edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film.