Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's Complicated (2009)
"Streep is clearly having fun playing a romantic lead. Why she hasn't gotten more offers for these kinds of roles is anyone's guess. She also has a lot of chemistry with Baldwin and Martin. All three of them are reason enough to see the film."
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Road (2009)
"Obviously, it's not really a pleasant cinematic experience, despite the quality of its filmmaking and performances. It's worthwhile for its character development and its examination of morality and survival behavior, though."
Up in the Air (2009)
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
La Nana (The Maid) (2009)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Everybody's Fine (2009)
The Messenger (2009)
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Old Dogs (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
"This is certainly the funniest animated feature so far this year, as well as one of the most sly ones to boot. (But be warned that it's not really a kids movie. There is some potentially upsetting material and imagery.)"
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Planet 51 (2009)
An Education (2009)
"In what is her first but certainly not last starring role, Mulligan is so natural that you wonder why it took filmmakers so long to give her a role this substantive. The 20-something is sure to be on the mind of Oscar and other awards voters."
The Blind Side (2009)
"Nothing in Mo'Nique's previous film and television work could have prepared us for this performance. The actress (real name, Monique Imes) usually plays goofy, clownish types, and this is definitely not that at all."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
"Attempts by director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to inject more humor and lighten the tone go horribly awry. (The supposedly "serious" dialogue is funnier than any of their pop-culture references and such.)"
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)
"This follow-up is a little more spotty and unfocused than the first film. That we're this interested in their further exploits has more to do with their goofiness than it does with the quality of footage editing, assembly and such."
"At 160 minutes, it's too long. And this isn't exactly brainy fare. If you think too hard about this dopey science-fiction thriller, you'll surely find fault with its physics and similarly sketchy plotting."
Play The Game (2009)
"Surprisingly sexual in nature, and not just because it seems so concerned with the sex practices of the elderly. There's too much of that sort of material here and not nearly enough of the stuff we really want to see."
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Ong Bak 2 (2009)
The Fourth Kind (2009)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
The Other Man (2008)
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
"The release of the movie within only a couple of months of his death seems a little bit like a cashing-in move, and it is eerie to see Jackson again so soon. Still, fans of him and his music will find a lot to like here."
"The adaptation of Darren Shan's best-selling book series is confused muddle of a movie. The filmmakers can't decide on whether they want it to be a comedy, a horror, a coming-of-age tale, a good-vs.-evil parable or a combination of all of those things."
Adventures of Power (2009)
"The film's penchant for dorky nostalgia -- especially '70s and '80s-era music -- quickly becomes irritating. It deserves a real tongue-lashing for trying to re-introduce the inexplicable Mr. Mister hit "Kyrie" into the American consciousness."
Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
"Swank makes it look easier than it probably should be. She's equally charming and vulnerable, which were evidently a couple of the traits of the real-life Earhart. And that's a good thing, because the film often sputters, sways and wobbles..."
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"[Modine] seems too tentative and blase to work as the film's lead. Especially since he's paired with the vibrant Scott. She definitely deserves a chance to work again, with someone as committed to film chemistry as she clearly was."
More Than a Game (2009)
The Boys Are Back (2009)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
The September Issue (2009)
Couples Retreat (2009)