Independent on Sunday
"Mendes's breezily, imaginatively directed film shows faith in the thrill of the real -- not the weightless dazzle of CGI but the feeling of actual objects (bikes, cars, Tube trains) crashing and colliding in a solid world. "
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Unashamedly smart... Bridesmaids has been hailed as a groundbreaking blow for American female cinema. That says a lot about the extent of Hollywood's current conservatism, but for now, Bridesmaids does nicely as a tonic corrective. "
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
District 9 (2009)
"Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system. "
Iron Man (2008)
Seven Pounds (2008)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Artist (2011)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
"Boyle set out to make this particular film rather than a gritty social panorama along the lines of Brazilian favela drama City of God. But keeping us cheerful takes the edge off the tougher insights into India. "
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009)
Edge of Darkness (2010)
"Perforated with plot holes, and disastrously unsure of its tone, it starts steadily and sombrely, before switching to a hysterical parody of a conspiracy thriller: a parade of irrelevant car chases and ridiculously public assassination attempts. "
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
44 Inch Chest (2010)
Up in the Air (2009)
"Not only is this a rare Hollywood production that offers as much substance and panache as the cream of current US TV, I'd go further and say its cynical wit almost places it in the Billy Wilder bracket. "
"This low-budget British chamber piece has an intriguing scenario, so it's a shame that the po-faced, sci-fi-tinged screenplay fixates on the applicants' efforts to detect invisible ink on their exam papers. "
Mugabe and the White African (2010)
It's Complicated (2009)
The Road (2009)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
"While it feels slapdash rather than properly punk-collage ragged, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is an honest job, and it makes a good case for including Dury's work and personality in any Brit-culture list of Reasons to be Cheerful. "
Dogging: A Love Story (2009)
"This contrived sequel is an interminable, headache-inducing time-waster that never picks up any speed, weighed down as it is by far too many characters, and far too many slow-motion shots of the girls striding towards the camera. "
"The sort of film that Kevin Smith must dream of making. It's sweet, piquant, bold and intelligent, balancing its outrageous concept with relationships and conversations that are all too believable. "
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Nowhere Boy (2010)
"There's certainly the material there for a challenging coming-of-age drama, but Nowhere Boy is no more than a typical celebrity biopic, the kind you might see on BBC4, without any of the flair you might hope for from Taylor-Wood and Greenhalgh. "
"Avatar is a phenomenon you can't ignore, monumentally imposing and done with extraordinary expertise - but the same could be said of the Dubai skyline, and I'm not sure that represents any future worth investing in. "
Post Grad (2009)
Okuribito (Departures) (2009)
"Jordan Scott's debut film is essentially a picturesque, slow-motion montage of boarding school pastimes: diving practice, a midnight feast, parcels from home, low-level bitching. I kept hoping Dumbledore would pop in and liven things up. "
The Box (2009)