Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
"Astro Boy stands on its own as a nifty piece of animated fun, full of good lessons, brisk pacing and humour and sweetness the original anime sometimes lacked. It does Osamu Tezuka's source creation proud. "
Ong Bak 2 (2009)
"Moaning about the overlong, sloppily told story seems petty nitpicking when all I really want to see is Tony Jaa doing what he does best - beating the tar out of people, and we get that in spades in Ong Bak 2. "
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
"A two-hour op-ed piece raging against the hijacking of the American Dream by special interests, Moore's a canny enough filmmaker to balance entertainment and foursquare truths to keep the audience entertained and fascinated. "
"A familiar feeling mash-up of many films, Surrogates is enjoyable as the slight popcorn chomper it's meant to be. Won't tax the brain overmuch, but is enjoyable as the modern day 1950's B-movie that it is. "
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
"The only biopic approved by the House of Chanel, clearly for its utter topicality and lack of challenge to Chanel's mythos. Amazing how a life so thoroughly lived could come off so flat and listless onscreen. "
All About Steve (2009)
"Still Walking is a triumph of mood and storytelling imbued with fine performances. Kore-eda creates more bombast in the quiet of a living room than I've seen from all this year's summer blockbusters. "
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Pure Tarantino with the brash pop culture flourishes and disbelief suspension that entails, yet fine performances and memorable characters show real heart and thought behind Inglourious Basterds. I had a blast. "
"Not the spectacle that Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away are, Ponyo's beautiful, hand-drawn storybook pastels, mesmerising swirls of colourful action and sweet message of friendship are a gentle delight. "
District 9 (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
"When is a movie remake not a movie remake? When the filmmakers involved know what they've made is so wretched they don't dare admit it. The most oblivious MTV viewer won't miss the blatant plagiarism. "
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Cool as a melty Creamsicle on a hot summer day and a sweet surprise in the middle of blockbuster season. Gordon-Levitt's performance is as starmaking as John Cusack's in the romcom opus, Say Anything. "
"Funnier and looser than previous sequels, it entertains like the blockbuster it's meant to be. If Deathly Hallows is anywhere as enjoyable as Half-Blood Prince, I just might miss this series when it's over. "
Public Enemies (2009)
Year One (2009)
"Instead of anything clever or original as one might expect from Harold Ramis; we're subjected to gross-out jokes. Note to Mr. Ramis; the Fountain of Comedy Youth is probably not located in a sewer. "
Whatever Works (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Land of the Lost (2009)
Okuribito (Departures) (2009)
"More engaging and better-paced than its predecessor, relocated to the world's largest repository of history, art and pop culture, the sequel ups the ante on all sides to deliver delightful family fun. "
Terminator Salvation (2009)
"At New York Comic Con, McG implored fans to stand behind this film as the Terminator love letter that it is, and by neither offending nor innovating, he's made a fun summer blockbuster, but not much more. "
Angels & Demons (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
"Much of it is straight-up silly, yet in all its completely visceral, popcorn-glutting, over the top action, I'd take ten X-Men Origins: Wolverines over the hot mess of X-Men: The Last Stand, any day. "
State of Play (2009)
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
"Bitter, ugly and painful to watch. Given the choice between a repeated bludgeoning with a tire iron and sitting through Observe and Report, go with the tire iron, you'll feel better when it's over. "
Fast & Furious (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
American Swing (2009)
Sin Nombre (2009)
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
"An overlong, overstuffed endurance test with precious few highs. Being an adaptation of this particular graphic novel, I can forgive many things, but I can't forgive a film version of Watchmen for being boring. "
The International (2009)
Owl and the Sparrow (2009)