"Hardwicke has shrewdly made a film that will appeal to the audience that could make or break it. But there's little here to win over those of us without dog-eared copies of Twilight under our beds. "
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
"Easily entertained children will probably be amused enough by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but their parents may find themselves growing restless at this overly fussy, shticky movie and will no doubt look forward to an Escape 2 the Lobby. "
Soul Men (2008)
Role Models (2008)
"The Haunting of Molly Hartley flirts with having something to say about budding female sexuality and evangelical religion, but it winds up being a pale copy of several of Roman Polanski's more chilling films. "
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
What Just Happened? (2008)
Max Payne (2008)
"Eventually, Max pieces together a conspiracy, but Max Payne spells it all out so obviously that the densest audience members will put the pieces together at least half an hour before the hero finally does. "
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
City of Ember (2008)
Body of Lies (2008)
"If it's adrenaline, over-the-top violence and cheeky gangsters you're after, RocknRolla definitely delivers. But don't be shocked if you find yourself wanting some aspirins and a cold compress once it's all over... "
"[D]espite an appealing cast and a tone of mildly sardonic sweetness, the movie is missing that X factor that makes you understand why the characters fall for each other and gets you to root for them being together. "
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
"[T]he film is a compelling mix of painful comedy and revelatory tragedy, but when we get to the wedding reception, director Jonathan Demme gets completely distracted by the musicians he's cast to perform in the film. "
Eagle Eye (2008)
"What might have been a zeitgeist-fueled paranoid thriller along the lines of The Conversation or Three Days of the Condor winds up an unintentionally hilarious exercise in the suspension of disbelief, peppered with confusingly edited car cha "
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
"Many critics will no doubt tar this film with the dreaded "Lifetime movie" epithet, but I'd venture a bit further -- Nights in Rodanthe is the world's longest General Foods International Coffee commercial. "
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
"Want to spend a seemingly endless 100 minutes watching a dullard trying to decide between a douchebag and a eunuch? Then run, don't walk, to My Best Friend's Girl, a supremely irritating movie about idiots and their dull quest for unconvincing love "
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
The Duchess (2008)
"In the hands of a filmmaker with an actual point of view--Sally Potter, say, or Mike Leigh--this could be a potentially inflammatory tale. But with TV vet Saul Dibb at the helm, it's just a story about a woman who makes one mistake after another. "
Righteous Kill (2008)
"Compared to 88 Minutes, Pacino's previous collaboration with director Jon Avnet, it's a work of art, but the movie is so dreadfully by-the-numbers and predictable that comparing it to a TV cop show would be an insult to TV cop shows. "
The Women (2008)
Burn After Reading (2008)
"[O]ne gets the impression that with just a few cuts, the film could be a gut-busting laugh riot or a taut bit of suspense. What actually wound up on screen, however, feels like all and none of the above at the same time. "
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
"If Cage wants to use his clout as an actor and producer (he's credited with both here) to make down-and-dirty B-movies, then more power to him. But if the results are going to be this unbearable, he'd might as well crank out the Oscar-bait. "
Ping Pong Playa (2007)
Babylon A.D. (2008)
"If the eventual director's cut DVD proves this movie to be a masterpiece, then I'll be first in line to buy it. Given what's currently unfolding on the big screen, however, it's no wonder the director is so eager to disown it. "
Death Race (2008)
"[D]irector Paul W.S. Anderson gives us gray cars racing around gray buildings underneath a gray sky. When I found myself longing for the eye-scorching hues of Speed Racer, I knew we were in trouble. "
The House Bunny (2008)
"It's a movie that wastes the talents of up-and-comers (Emma Stone from Superbad), rising stars (the sublimely funny -- in other movies -- Anna Faris) and talented vets (Beverly D'Angelo, looking like she wishes she were anywhere else) alike. "
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Pineapple Express (2008)