Shutter Island (2010)
"It's almost as if the big reveal is actually a foregone conclusion and Scorsese knows it. When it finally comes, it allows you to catch your breath. It feels real. It makes sense because you knew it deep down all along."
From Paris with Love (2010)
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Crazy Heart (2009)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
"With its jittery stop-motion animation, exquisitely detailed shots, and outwardly self-aware characters,[it's] the epitome of artifice. It's also as bright and cheery a time as you'll have at the movies this year."
The Road (2009)
"For a movie steeped in grimy realism, it unfolds in an unusually impressionistic fashion, with artful cinematic transitions and a loose brand of storytelling that emphasizes little moments as much as it does big revelations."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
The Invention of Lying (2009)
"While not as clever as Shaun or as scary as parts of Dawn, this horror comedy does pull off a minor coup in its genre%u2014it successfully uses a zombie apocalypse as the setting for a romantic comedy/family picture."
Whip It (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
The Informant! (2009)
"Piven is saddled with a lame backstory about a former partner's tragic death, something about a lost son, a thoroughly forced romantic subplot, and a series of awful and increasingly desperate stabs at raunchy humor."
District 9 (2009)
"[It] does what really good science fiction does and makes you think about the world you live in. It also does what mainstream crowd-pleasing sci-fi does and entertains with well-designed action scenes and classic Hollywood tropes."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"[It] does what other romantic comedies can never seem to do convincingly: It celebrates those special little moments that two people can share together, whether [they] end up creating a substantial and long-lasting relationship or not."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Whatever Works (2009)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
"Presents likeable characters, puts them in tough situations, and illuminates their souls with humor and sincerity. It just so happens that the two men who populate this story used to wear leather S&M gear onstage and play guitars with dildos."
Year One (2009)
"Post-modern awareness is mixed with an ancient setting, but the humor still manages to be prehistoric. If you've always wanted to see smart comedians revert to grade school hi-jinks for cheap laughs, then this is the movie for you."
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
The Hangover (2009)
Land of the Lost (2009)
"Caught in an unfunny netherworld between kid-oriented mainstream summer entertainment and a cheap-looking green-screened sort of surreality, it might have been a watchable, no, bearable movie had it just embraced one or the other fully."
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
"It's as much about society's need for a well-told story as it is about an emotional connection between its characters. This sincerity is ultimately what lifts the picture above many of its predecessors."
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Sin Nombre (2009)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
"Having an origin story takes the mystery out of the character, but neutering his inner conflict in favor of inconsequential fight scenes is an ill-conceived mishandling of him from beginning to end."
The Informers (2009)
State of Play (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
"It captures perfectly that feeling of weightlessness just before impending adulthood. At once a personal and generational film, it also carries a poetic kind of melancholy that's unique to movies of its kind, save for maybe Say Anything or Dazed"
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Two Lovers (2008)
I Love You, Man (2009)