Taxi Driver (1976)
"Writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese made names for themselves with this exquisitely crafted window into the contemporary male psyche. Taxi Driver seems aimless, taking as many u-turns and detours as a cabby does in the night. But it's"
The House of the Devil (2009)
"The House of the Devil is not only set in the early '80s, but director Ti West chose to shoot and structure the film in a way so as to make it feel like it was made in the early '80s. In a way, this throwback style is reminiscent of what Quentin Ta"
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
"Originally meant for Michael Jackson's own personal library prior to the pop superstar's untimely death in June 2009, This Is It chronicles four months in the King of Pop's life as he prepared for a string of sold-out concerts that were set to have"
Survival of the Dead (2010)
"Romero's sixth foray into the world of zombies shows that both he and the genre have run out of gas. Romero's films have always been noteworthy for their delicate balance of comedy and horror -- one minute he could make us laugh and the next we would be j"
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"Where the Wild Things Are is far more admirable than it is enjoyable. There's not much of a story to this flight of fancy (more on this later), but Jonze's adaptation is crafted with a striking visual design and a powerful central child performance. In fa"
Paranormal Activity (2009)
"Since the characters feel real, so do the scares. Peli shows a profound grasp of the fundamentals of suspense, making a 30-second shot of an empty bedroom more terrifying than most of what passes for horror these days. That's because Paranormal Activity's"
Whip It (2009)
"Make no mistake, despite the promise of girls in fishnets, Whip It! is a chick flick through and through. It may advertise hot girls in skates hitting each other to get you into the theater, but apart from a few tame shots of Page stripping down, o"
"Some might confuse Zenovich's indictment on the judge as a cop-out in judging Polanski. But the facts remain. There's no further insight into the heinous crime. Nor is there a new judgment to be passed on the man who committed it. Anyone looking for new r"
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
"You might say Moore has been making this movie his entire career. He attempts to expose corrupt bottom line-minded corporations that are in league with Capitol Hill as the cause of America's ills. He's been doing just that since the days of Roger & Me<"
A Serious Man (2009)
"Likely to polarize its audience like any open-to-interpretation biblical tale, A Serious Man can be looked at as a film about the meaninglessness of life or as a meaningless film. Either way, there's no denying that only the Coens can make this bla"
"Zombieland doesn't find quite the same balance of laughs and scares as Shaun of the Dead did -- it's much heavier on the comedy than the horror -- but its similar focus on three-dimensional characters rather than the genre's typical cardboar"
"Imagine that your Facebook page, complete with that airbrushed profile photo, can go out into "real" society and leave you at home twiddling your fingers, living vicariously through it. That's the general concept of Surrogates, where humans stay sh"
"Made up of strung-together stories from Tucker Max's best-selling book of the same name, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is a painfully unfunny celebration of dim misogyny and unabashed narcissism. Matt Czuchry plays Tucker as he ropes his best frie"
The Road (2009)
"Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Road primarily transpires within a bleak, post-apocalyptic United States that's been decimated by an unnamed catastrophe -- with the bulk of the narrative following a father (Viggo Mortense"
The Informant! (2009)
"The Informant! is a provocative character study on a brainy, but utterly complicated and persistently distracted, executive who probably gets confused by which sock should go on the right foot. Soderbergh gets a rise out of his scenery, recreating"
Jennifer's Body (2009)
"Jennifer's Body is about as scary as Mean Girls, which makes a lot of sense since Diablo Cody's comedy about evil high school girls is really just a gory and potty-mouthed version of the Lindsay Lohan movie. Megan Fox is game for Cody-speak,"
"There's a reason Neveldine and Taylor have been heralded by action junkies as potential saviors of the genre -- after years of interchangeable formulaic entries, they're giving audiences something different yet familiar at the same time. Is it perfect? Ha"
"With Extract, Office Space (1999) creator Mike Judge returns to familiar ground: A comedy about an average Joe unsatisfied with his lot in life and reaching the breaking point. Jason Bateman plays Joel, the owner of an extract manufacturing"
H2: Halloween II (2009)
"While Halloween II starts out as a character study in post-traumatic stress, it's safe to assume that's not what most horror fans will be looking for. And though Zombie maintains the motif of nightmarish visions throughout, the movie eventually cha"
The Final Destination (2009)
"The newest incarnation of Final Destination is really just 80 minutes of watching people die in variously ridiculous and implausible ways. It seems as if the filmmakers had more interest in constructing Rube Goldbergesque death traps than character"
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Tarantino engages with the power of language, not only spoken but cinematic language in particular. He relishes the way movies speak to an audience, the manipulative power of cinematic dialect to tell facts differently, and how film language can replace m"
It Might Get Loud (2009)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra contains two hours of cartoon violence, wildly exaggerated high-speed car chases and more than enough laser beams and bomb blasts to keep the kid inside you entertained. If you're going in expecting anything else, you're"
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
"Sergio Leone loaded up for another Spaghetti Western and shot out his magnum opus with this follow-up to the Dollars trilogy. Charles Bronson stars as an ominous stranger known only as Harmonica -- on the account of that instrument being the only other th"
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
"The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago man suffering from "chrono-impairment disorder" -- that is, a genetic anomaly that causes him to involuntarily time travel. The defective gene doesn't prevent Henry from meeting"
District 9 (2009)
"Far from your average monster debauchery or invasion extravaganza, District 9 operates as an allegory for apartheid, xenophobia, corporate malfeasance, gentrification, and the dog-eat-dog nature of living in poverty under hostile and oppressive conditions"
Julie & Julia (2009)
"The film features a typical bio on the one side -- the making of the legend that is Julia Child -- and a coming-of-age rom-com on the other, with the good but underused Amy Adams pouting her way through New York City and a cookbook; the only shared ingred"
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)
"By glossing over much of the Italian designer's past, Tyrnauer assumes a certain level of familiarity with his subject from his intended audience. If you can't tell Valentino from Versace, you ain't it. That said, The Last Emperor isn't totally ina"
In the Loop (2009)
"A war-room farce in the proud tradition of Dr. Strangelove, the satire is sharp and biting, and the comic incompetence and witty bickering that's become a hallmark of recent British comedy exports is absurdly terrifying when it's also found in the"
"House of Wax director Jaume Collet-Serra returns to the horror genre with Orphan, a clumsy thriller that elicits far more laughs than genuine scares. Like too many horror films these days, the movie is so rife with false scares or misleading"
Public Enemies (2009)
"Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard) are two college friends whose lives have taken very different paths. While Andrew's gone globetrotting, Ben settles down with a wife (Alycia Delmore) and a white picket fence. When Andrew shows up at Ben's do"
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"Departing from archetypes set by WWII and Vietnam movies, Bigelow's tough-as-nails film develops its own signature. It's not a message movie, but a tactile experience. It feels gritty, real and current."
The Proposal (2009)
Year One (2009)
The Conversation (1974)
"Coppola shows off his arty aspirations by doing for audio technology what Antonioni did for photography. But The Conversation is a different animal entirely, steering clear of the existential dilemmas in Antonioni's film and creating a character pi"
Imagine That (2009)
"There's not much in Imagine That to appeal to critics -- or to anyone with an even marginally cynical disposition. Every A-list funnyman seems contractually obligated to do a high-concept family comedy like this, but it's a lot less fresh this time"
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
"Director Tony Scott has built a career out of crafting films that have been unabashedly geared toward the testosterone set. It's hard not to admire the R-rated gusto with which Scott has infused this film. It's actually refreshing, in this sanitized, hope"
Land of the Lost (2009)
"On the Ferrell scale, Land of the Lost ranks squarely below Anchorman and leagues above Semi-Pro, landing right in that murky middle-ground Talladega Nights territory. Let your tolerance level for the comedian be your guide. If"
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
The Limits of Control (2009)
"[The shots in The Limits of Control are] beautiful to look at, but it all goes nowhere in a movie that's all simulacra -- all form and theory with no substance, like a shiny disco ball that reflects everything but is still empty inside."
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is without a doubt the weakest entry in an otherwise beloved trilogy, but let's be honest, T3 was doomed from the very day franchise creator James Cameron decided to pass on it."
Little Ashes (2009)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Out of Sight (1998)
"Soderbergh finds the perfect equilibrium between mainstream entertainment and arty panache, lacing this heist movie/romantic comedy with character-motivated time shifting, prominent freeze-frames, a funky soundtrack and an all-around hip vibe."
Star Trek (2009)
Mutant Chronicles (2008)
"Every guy has watched an action film and wondered when we'd get to the good stuff, but from minute one we're given "the good stuff," but it's just not executed well enough, and the film is too kitschy to really be enjoyed."
State of Play (2009)