"While swept up in the desperate search for Horcruxes, Yates allows us to feel once more as though we are very much in the middle of things, but, alas, it was a trick and a false hope, because in the end...it was, irrevocably, THE END."
The Debt (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
"Scott Pilgrim is a film where youth is power and power is music, video games, and confronting your exes with how great your current hook up is, but like most hipsters you meet, it is more impressed with itself than anything else"
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
Black Swan (2010)
Waiting for Superman (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
Barney's Version (2011)
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
"The story of a nerd who pays a perky cheerleader to date him so he will become popular is almost pornographic in its uninhibited, primitive display of the confusion and insecurity that roils like a tempest in the developing mind of the American teenager"
The Terminator (1984)
True Grit (2010)
The Town (2010)
"A film can only be as riveting as its ability to have the audience believe or suspend belief, and though The Town takes steps toward authenticity, it fails to meet even the basic requirements of plausibility."
The Fighter (2010)
127 Hours (2010)
"Most actors and directors would have made it about the physical manifestation of a dire situation, but Franco and Boyle realized that nothing overt could compare to the real source of power inherent in Ralston's escape from that canyon with his life. "
Toy Story 3 (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
"HTYD takes a bold chance, and attempts to entertain adults not by being cute, gimmicky, thematically challenging, or infused with pop culture shout outs; it does so by being imaginative, heartfelt, and beautiful in fiery flourishes. "
Let Me In (2010)
"In a world where on-screen adolescent vampires spew fluffy drivel about love and longing more often than puncturing carotid arteries with gleaming fangs, Let Me In is quite the raw, fresh, and meaty approach. "
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Tiny Furniture (2010)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The Karate Kid (1984)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
The Hangover (2009)
"Todd Philips, who wrote and directed Road Trip and Old Scool, wrote Borat, and even plays the coked out Israeli dude in the elevator in The Hangover, has had his finger on the pulse of modern comedy cinema for a decade."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"What the great Kathryn's film accomplishes in its own starkly intelligent way, however, is to make the token war is hell argument, but through the filtered lens of a superior B action movie, her forte."
The Informant! (2009)
"Whitacre marks a very interesting reflection point in Matt Damon's career as it eerily evokes a controversial character he portrayed ten years ago, and probably the last time he was so deserved of awards consideration for a lead role."
District 9 (2009)
"While Blomkamp's disturbing thriller does have a semi-revelatory ending, the real secret is that District 9, for all its pomp and circumstance, is no more than a decent but scrappy science fiction flick."
Star Trek (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"The conversations and interactions [Jonze] orchestrates, whether real, imaginary, spoken with an inner voice, or cried aloud, are delivered with the unmistakable rhythm and in the grandiose rubber and glue terminology of children."
"While Selick's production is not by any stretch graphic or gory, the use of odd and irregular shapes, proportions, and movement creates a dark symphony of macabre images that horrify the psyche and chill the blood all the same."
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
"Ron Clements and John Musker's vibrant, emotionally resonant movie earns extra points for not only giving platform to carry on and trumpet the recently muted voice of majestic and mysterious New Orleans, Louisiana, but also for introducing a princess whos"
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
"The film incorporates all the quiet, improvisational style, dry humor delivery as found in other Anderson pictures, but combined with the proletarian fluidity of the animation; the result for audiences is a gleeful trance-like holiday."
Up in the Air (2009)
Crazy Heart (2009)
"Bad is a tortured, self destructive spirit dead set on being alone and miserable, though because he has ample kindness and softness lingering inside, his addictions are all the more deceptively dangerous and his fall from grace all the more pathetic."
500 Days of Summer (2009)