Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Much of Valkyrie works, but not quite enough."
Yes Man (2008)
"Much of the time we are watching a middle-aged man hoping to recapture the glory of his youth. Yes Man is Carrey's cinematic substitute for a little red sports car."
"It is a pleasure, and not a guilty one, to place ourselves in the hands of a mischievous director who wants to push screen dimensions back to the era of CinemaScope, Technicolor and stereophonic sound."
"The longer the revelations drag out, the duller Twilight gets. And the revelations drag on a long time - three quarters of the movie."
Quantum of Solace (2008)
"With his cool blue-eyed gaze and assured athletic moves, Craig holds this insanely uneven movie together."
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
"Except for the moronic title (Madagascar is part of Africa, so it's not much of an escape, is it?), the sequel is more enjoyable than the original."
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
"The most offensive aspect of Zack and Miri is not the language or the subject matter, but the agonizing predictability of the story."
"How could a film with so much turmoil, drama and pulp elements become boring? Because it contains too much of all of the above."
"Stone miscalculates by wanting to talk about George W. Bush just as he has become the lamest of lame ducks."
Body of Lies (2008)
"Body of Lies proves as generic as its title."
"Cera and Denning are a winning team."
Eagle Eye (2008)
"Eagle Eye occupies a treacherous middle ground. It isn't credible enough to work as a thriller and isn't ridiculous enough to work as a spoof."
Ghost Town (2008)
"Despite the high-concept premise, Ghost Town has a low-concept feel. The jokes are small, sly and sometimes gentle."
Burn After Reading (2008)
"Burn After Reading is part spy spoof and part rumination of middle-aged loneliness, which goes a long way to explain why its elements never cohere."
"Like The Fugitive, Traitor is a thriller where both the pursuer and the pursued are well-developed, compelling and sympathetic figures."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
"Despite Ahsoka's cloying presence, The Clone Wars is still easier to take than Attack of the Clones."
Pineapple Express (2008)
"Pineapple Express is funny, but it's not outrageously funny. Such material needs to be outrageously funny to succeed."
"Another enjoyable bit of high adventure and malarkey."
Step Brothers (2008)
"When Step Brothers is funny, it's hilarious. But when it isn't funny, the second hand of your watch sounds peculiarly loud."
Space Chimps (2008)
"Some days you just can't resist cartoon chimps mocking William Shatner's delivery."
"Journey to the Center of the Earth isn't playing in 3-D in every theater, but that's the only way to see it. Even then you have to wait until the last half-hour for the good stuff."
"The attempts to deepen the emotions turn Hancock into a strange, conflicted and often joyless film."
"If you can imagine Buster Keaton as a small box with binoculars for eyes and tank treads for legs -- and WALL-E makes this easy to imagine -- then the movie's first half represents the purest visual storytelling since movies started to talk."
Get Smart (2008)
"After four decades of technological improvements, the Cone of Silence still doesn't work, but Get Smart still does - mostly."
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
"Essentially, this Incredible Hulk is a science fiction, Jekyll and Hyde version of The Bourne Identity."
Chaos Theory (2008)
"As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year."
Street Kings (2008)
""Street Kings" is 107 minutes long and most casual viewers will know the bad guy's identity 100 minutes before Reeves does."
Smart People (2008)
"Without a clear-cut plot to lead him, first-time director Noam Murro gets muddled in the perpetual sadness of too many characters."
"Glib, sophisticated and silly."
"For a movie about high-stakes gambling, 21 settles for penny-ante dramatics."
"Peirce ... dramatizes the problems of the Iraqi War vet with more subtlety than we've seen from other filmmakers."
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
"With his laconic attitude, Owen Wilson has a talent for making dumb material funny. That talent serves him greatly in Drillbit Taylor."
"After two painful messes, Hollywood gets Dr. Seuss right with Horton Hears a Who!"
Married Life (2008)
"Asks the audience to spend a lot of time waiting for not much to happen."
"Adams channels every dizzy 1930s ingénue as she sashays about in silk and exclaims, 'Jeepers!' at every opportunity."
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
"All the lush sets and elaborate costumes cannot disguise the fact that Portman is terribly cast."
"The material is flawed, to be sure, but the story is less predictable than you would guess and it exudes an easy-going wit."
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
"Even though there's some smart stuff in Charlie Bartlett, there's a lot more dumb stuff that keeps the worthy elements from aligning."
Vantage Point (2008)
"Vantage Point requires three simultaneous coincidences for the ending to work. That may be a record."
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
"The Spiderwick Chronicles is a terrific ride for children who crave genuine excitement, not that tepid Scooby Doo stuff."
"The opening of Jumper is so similar to the opening of Spider-Man that Stan Lee's copyright infringement sense must be tingling."
The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)
"Except for Hilton's delusion that she has comic (or any) talent, the movie's worst sin is that it is inept 95 percent of the time. The remaining 5 percent is kind of cute."
Fool's Gold (2008)
"Thought it falters almost as often as it succeeds, Fool's Gold has an odd, low-key appeal."
Over Her Dead Body (2008)
"About a dozen other movies have used variations on this plot. And every single one of them has been smarter and more entertaining than Over Her Dead Body."
How She Move (2008)
"Newcomer Rutina Wesley brings dynamite physicality and haunted intellect to How She Move."
"Exploits the very trend it condemns."
"A monster movie for the YouTube era."
27 Dresses (2008)
"It proves that with the right cast and creative team in place, even an old formula can still entertain."
First Sunday (2008)
"Getting religion in the end is no excuse for a parade of bad taste."
The Bucket List (2007)
"When actors as great as Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't make dialogue sound natural, you know the script is a stinkeroo."