X-Men: First Class (2011)
"The movie may be high on the junk food meter and much too frantic when chasing down runaway plot threads, but who cares. Judy's creatively rowdy alternative kid universe delights with its Juno boot camp wild tween talk lingo and cartoonesque kid satire. "
"Probes defining issues in the life of the eccentric and defiant genius, touching on obsession, paternity mysteries, Kissinger, the Cold War, his communist mother's nine hundred page FBI file, and the psychological enigma of the self-hating Jew."
Hello Lonesome (2011)
"Congrats to rookie Reid for crafting such an endlessly-amusing screenplay, for finding the right cast to execute that vision, and for the rest of just the right ingredients to serve a satisfying, cinematic stew. "
The Last Mountain (2011)
"Opting for energy sources at home as opposed to invasions abroad related to oil, these alternatives result in a different human carnage. Not exactly front page headlines, and deadly practices like gas fracking below and mountain top coal mining above. "
35 And Ticking (2011)
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Hard Breakers (2011)
Louder Than A Bomb (2011)
True Legend (2011)
"The comedic touches humanize this ridiculously invincible warrior with self-destructive emotional flaws. Though Su's alcoholism that morphs into the triumphant martial arts moves Drunken Fist, like Depp's unbeatable inebriated pirate, are beyond silly. "
Midnight in Paris (2011)
"A witty and whimsical big screen Bon Voyage, with the director's guy Cinderella body double geek on board. As Woody time travel meets tourist traps, and flying coach to Paris with head in the clouds, turns into eventual pumpkins for all. "
Forks Over Knives (2011)
"Delving into Harper Lee's enduring Jim Crow courtroom drama classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Hey Boo is quite an intriguing investigative inquiry on trial in its own right. And similar to the novel, raising more questions than answers."
Jumping the Broom (2011)
Passion Play (2011)
"Black Swan meets Water For Elephants, sort of. And is Mickey Rourke's male cougar character's obsession with his leading lady's wings in this post-mortem noir, possibly suspect intimations of either bestiality or necrophilia? Who cares. "
Fast Five (2011)
The Robber (2011)
"The action is breathlessly dazzling. Though re-setting the real life story in the generic present likely robbed this pungent tale of its original meaty context. Unlike say, Katheryn Bigelow's 1991 more subversive surfer to stickup spin, Point Break. "
Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
Water for Elephants (2011)
"Sustains a gritty charm. But the lack of erotic chemistry between the assigned lovebirds, especially Witherspoon (c'mon Reese, you can do way better than that) makes Pattinson's affection for the circus animals seem like forbidden desire in comparison."
The Bang Bang Club (2011)
"More bang bang in bed and clubbing for babes, than shooting that crucial African historical moment. So are the Bang Bang boys critical witnesses to found history, or tools exploited by the white security forces to give Mandela a bad rap? Who knows. "
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)
"Serves up a perfect society based on abdication by the rest of us to a snobby affluent egghead elite, in a sort of brazen brainocracy. And with a weird Greed Is Fabulous mantra, laced with topsy turvy Marxism extolling bossy CEO suits in mass rebellion."
Scream 4 (2011)
Fear of a Black Republican (2011)
Fly Away (2011)
Tron Legacy (2010)
The Conspirator (2011)
"If the corporate media is notorious for reporting only what they deem politically expedient, the official historical record may be even worse. Take for instance the execution by the feds for conspiracy in Lincoln's assassination, Mary Surratt. Mary who?"
Source Code (2011)
"A movie about war that isn't a war movie and a thriller about a terrorist that isn't really about terrorism, but effectively rattling audience nerves with an elaborately wacky, hocus pocus premise. Groundhog Day with gadgets."
Source Code (2011)
"Mixing memorable elements of everything from Memento to Avatar to The Twilight Zone to The Manchurian Candidate, this thought-provoking mindbender even pays homage to Ronald 'Where's the rest of me?' Reagan in King's Row."
"Situated at the maniacal messianic crossroads of Taxi Driver, your local comic book emporium, and Abu Ghraib, Super mixes giddy and gore in satirizing the born again self-righteous, high minded US avenger role of drive-by cop patrolling the planet."
Meek's Cutoff (2011)
"A more subversive than revisionist feminist western, and with a title intimating iconic macho cowboy metaphorical castration. While touching on current persisting and troubling questions about imperialist incursions, labeled Manifest Destiny back then."
White Irish Drinkers (2011)
"A lean, mean streets coming of age '70s tale at a time when 'don't trust anyone under thirty' played out exactly the other way around. And in an inevitable do-it-yourself sea of unsavory or powerless adults, where role models are impossible to come by. "
Peep World (2011)
"A twisted take on notions about the naked truth, whether of dirty laundry dysfunctional families or local porn dives. And while exposing with satirical mischief upscale DNA dark sides, and the pitfalls of public metaphorical mooning. Father Knows Worst."
"A haunting excursion into the more often than not invisible world of single motherhood on the edge. And where women with no support systems or resources but tremendous determination would crawl through hell and back to protect and defend their children."
"An intergalactic grossout road movie subverting the sci-fi genre, and reimagined as an alien voyage into the extreme nuttiness of Middle America. And where Paul seems to be the only sensible fugitive on board, in a sea of mutually terrifying earthlings."
"The opposite of Alzheimer's, as unsavory characters compete to snatch up an egghead performance enhancer turning slackers into spontaneous geniuses. The director may not be dropping NZT, but his finger is on the pulse of a vividly realized contact high."
3 Backyards (2011)
"It may not be the Long Island the natives are more accustomed to, but that sense of place from a prism of both wonderment and despair, is deep into the moment of those physical and human worlds alike, playing out sensually and emotionally in suburbia."
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
"Stylishly sexing up the criminal justice system and then some, The Lincoln Lawyer mixes nasty sleaze and sassy attitude with serious, provocative political moves. And burrows into the seedier side of the LA legal system with candidly brutal finesse."
Elektra Luxx (2011)
I Will Follow (2011)
"Congrats to Salli Richardson-Whitfield for delivering a career performance, here, and to Ava DuVernay for shooting such a thought-provoking meditation on mortality in just a couple of weeks and on a micro budget. "
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
"Celestial bullies con people into imagining they're in charge, while a higher authority is pushing them around and calling the shots. Which stemmed from Philip Dick's chronic bouts of madness, but gets a fresh coat of paint in its sentimental makeover."
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
The Human Resources Manager (2011)
"A title infused with an irony encapsulating this bittersweet and darkly laced satire. And a murky odyssey into euphemisms that tend to define the universal workplace, where humane gestures more often than not protect the bosses, rather than the workers."