The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
John Carter (2012)
Silent House (2012)
"By minute 75 of this 86 minute film I actually muttered, "that's it" and put my hands over my eyes."
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
"[A]n enjoyable and creative little film that may have you checking under the bed next time you hear something go bump in the night"
"Yeah, crazy Nic Cage pisses fire, but only for a second and in someone's imagination, a great indication that even the characters in this film are dreaming of something better."
"...what makes this "chuckles n' chemo" film so watchable is that it is, at its core, a fish out of water tale."
"Moneyball is one of the few movies to leave me thinking "that should have been a segment of This American Life.""
"All right, first: everybody calm down. Drive is good, it's very good...but for me it lacks the emotional heft to elevate it from "gem" to "masterpiece.""
"Subtle it ain't. "
"If you're the type of person who finds the opening credits montage the most frightening aspect of Romero's original Dawn of the Dead, you will absolutely lose your mind during Contagion. "
The Debt (2011)
"So The Debt, much like the State of Israel, has some existential problems. So much of it is good, however, that it is easy to ignore some misguided steps."
"Put Zoe Saldana in a catsuit and have her slithering around air conditioning ducts while techno music pumps and, basically, you've most of my attention. "
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
"Bound to get lodged somewhere deep in your mind as "oh, heck, what was the name of that movie with the girl and the monsters? That one wasn't half bad.""
"For an independent production made for very little money, Bellflower is an achievement, and will definitely find an audience with badasses, drunkards and dropouts."
Fright Night (2011)
"Back in my day, when we were certain the new, odd neighbor was a vampire we'd spend the bulk of the second act in knots because nobody, nobody, would believe us. "
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
"It is about as deep as a Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon, but it has the right maniacal edge to keep you laughing along. "
"This movie has a brain in its head. It's in the script, it's in the pacing and, heaven knows, it is there in the technology. "
The Smurfs (2011)
"I will not go so far as to call The Smurfs subversive, but it is surprisingly sophisticated. "
Batman: Year One (2011)
"Marital infidelity, child prostitution and civic corruption are bluntly (although tastefully) displayed - it just so happens that there's also a guy zipping around town in a bat suit."
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
"I love westerns, I love sci-fi and, by and large, I love genre mash-ups. And I still didn't like Cowboys & Aliens."
The Future (2011)
"While I am not absolutely in love with this picture, I very much recommend it to anyone looking for something new from an assured and gifted talent."
"Harry Potter, yeah, it's not bad."
Horrible Bosses (2011)
"[a] hot mess."
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
"We've seen booze, dope and gambling chew up a man before, but never vaudevillian song-and-dance routines."
Bad Teacher (2011)
"An amusing but wholly forgettable assemblage of scenes, some very funny, others thankfully brief, that you should absolutely catch bits of when it is on cable."
Cars 2 (2011)
"This isn't an animated film, this is a cartoon."
Green Lantern (2011)
"Green Lantern is, more so than most, an accurate representation of [the comic book] artform: brisk, enjoyable and, like a 30-page single issue, ephemeral."
Viva Riva! (2011)
"Viva Riva makes good use of this richness, the ferocity of its characters and also dazzles the camera with a great number of very sensual lovemaking scenes."
Super 8 (2011)
"Super 8 is a noble effort that gets a lot right, and a lot wrong."
X-Men: First Class (2011)
"Matthew Vaughn's new inspired-by-canon film takes L'essence du X and seals it in a petri dish with cells from 1960s adventure pictures."
The Hangover Part II (2011)
"There's no simply no way to connect with this film on a story basis."
The Tree of Life (2011)
"Tree of Life belongs in a Loews multiplex about as much as it belongs in a museum, or projected at a site-specific artist's installation"
"On Stranger Tides is good "for a Pirates film.""
"...society is protected by a band of licensed-to-kill clergy who power up with prayer and shoot cross-shaped ninja stars."
True Legend (2011)
"Ostensibly set in the 1860s at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the opening battle looks more like Middle Earth than anything from history."
"Thor is a giddy value-sized bag of popcorn, and it will delight genre fans, though its charms aren't quite oversized enough to provide cover for all of its script and character problems. "
The Guard (2011)
"We're never quite sure if our hero is the smartest man in the room, or a disgusting racist with a Clouseau-esque knack for careening into victory."
13 Assassins (2011)
" If you like movies where tension mounts behind stern scowls and muted cries for justice until the very screen explodes with ballistic force, Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins is for you."
Fast Five (2011)
"For seeing gigantic men beat the hell out of one another and for leering at sexed-up hotties zipping around on scooters you'll be hard pressed to find any film that's its equal - until Fast Six."
The Trip (2011)
"Imagine Winterbottom's previous film 9 Songs but instead of rock concerts and NC-17 sex there's seared scallops and impersonations of Michael Caine."
"Spurlock's desire to make his kakmaime scheme work transforms him from a snarkier-than-thou, Harpers Magazine-friendly trickster into an earnest man trying to nail a business deal. And he gives great meeting!"
Scream 4 (2011)
"Scream 4 never meta horror scenario it didn't like."
"When the beats and the color saturation fades, we're left with nothing but a very surface, very uninteresting story. "
Your Highness (2011)
"Like a joint rolled with graph paper"
Sucker Punch (2011)
"How could a movie with giant samurai, interplanetary robots, undead WWI soldiers, dragons and 5 half-naked beauties be bad? Well, funny you asked."
The Beaver (2011)
"A perfect match of artist and repertoire."
"Looking up the word Insidious in the dictionary is a more fulfilling experience than seeing the movie Insidious."
Little Deaths (2010)
"Semen is the glue that binds the three shorts in Little Deaths."