Burzynski: the Movie (2010)
"A collage of the real life eccentric's unfettered self-expression, while tempered with the agony of the public accusations against him juxtaposed strangely with his personal ecstasy of now legendary musical creations."
Finding Bliss (2009)
"A freelance sex trade satire that turns the mating menu on its head from a mercilessly feminist point of view, Hung is a tastefully lascivious descent into male organ endowment for purchase and concurrent vociferous when not voracious female desires."
"Worth the investment for the cinematic capture of the Southern France backdrops, as well as the badinage between Heigl and Kutcher reminiscent of those classic Doris Day-Rock Hudson exchanges in flicks like Send Me No Flowers. Send Me No Hit Men!"
Shutter Island (2010)
"A basically just kidding Boston offshore yarn featuring fleeing assorted lost and found psychos, born again Nazis, and Red Scare gulag rehab for unrepentant communists on the loose that, well, doesn't amount to a hill of baked beans."
From Paris with Love (2010)
"With a screenwriter formerly of the Israeli Airborne Defense Forces, this is the kind of sour anti-terror travelogue where you're set up to howl on cue when bearded or burka clad Arab insurgents are preemptively shot in the head or blown to smithereens."
Reel Injun (2010)
"Exhaustively explores Hollywood's perpetuation of mythical misconceptions through footage from the nearly four hundred culturally distorted westerns, contrasted with corrective feature films made by aboriginal directors across North America."
The Road (2009)
"A narrative divide that never quite comes together, despite some truly uplifting moments. And seems unable to decide whether it wants to be a sports movie or a political biopic. Invictus: Or rather, 'I am the rugby captain of Mandela's soul.'"
"The subject matter is without a doubt intriguing, but a more poetic and emotionally charged approach to the material at hand, beyond that exquisite silent footage, would have enhanced the presentation."
The Spy Next Door (2010)
"Though mixing espionage and family values in unraveling dysfunctional behavior among a bratty brood of siblings may be a stretch, Jackie Chan makes the most of it in his latest caper targeting unruly kids."
Survival of the Dead (2010)
Southern Gothic (2008)
"A bible belt literally red state vampire thirst quencher, with not so far fetched links between evangelism and vampire mythology. Including an undead born again self-proclaimed resurrected preacher savior promising eternal life to his drained flock."
Finding Bliss (2009)
"You know a porn romance is in trouble when the biggest shocker is Jesse James as himself caught finding his bliss in a fully clothed surprise cameo at an AVN Adult Entertainment Awards gala. Movie Verdict: Get a room. Or better yet, the entire hotel."
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
"A 2 1/2 hour test of patience featuring four embarrassingly-entitled Ugly Americans agonizing over trivia and assorted soap opera drama that is, quite frankly, so patently superficial, you almost wish they'd be cursed with some real problems"
"An erotic sci-fi on acid reproductive romp. With bald bisexual bestiality; possible self-rape; involuntary transsexual gender reassignment; and DNA altered worms named Ginger and Fred, who may actually be George and Fred."
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)
"While the film sheds refreshing new light on the demonized 'other woman,' regressive bourgeois bias towards patronized proletarians is more entrenched than ever. Let's not forget the remarkable creativity in history derived from workingclass roots."
The Shadow Within (2008)
"Teeming with religious wilding, throng cheering, era exoticizing, government toppling, mob mentality temple smashing, and nonbeliever ambushing. And where the question of which adversary is on God's side is settled by who in the end is still left standing"
Entre nos (Between Us) (2009)
"There are several features this year touching on a topic rarely explored in movies, the economic injustices inflicted upon a troubled world, and how economic issues permeate multiple aspects of society and individual lives in critical ways."
"While sex and science fiction make for strange bedfellows, TiMER takes up this peculiar but intriguing hybrid challenge, perfecting product predictability in romance in a consumer society already fixated on a warranty for nearly everything else in life."
Solitary Man (2010)
"The Boyfriend Experience. And a sex villain so over the top, that even Douglas keeps him at arm's length. While giving no evidence of his supposed irresistible powers over women, in reality always money or fame, neither of which can be claimed here."
Holy Rollers (2010)
"Sect, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll. A humane take on the draconian US anti-drug approach, but it's unfortunate that similar nonwhite characters in movies continue to be ferociously demonized, while white youth are simply emotionally troubled."
Just Wright (2010)
"Female body image police beware, the Queen is turning things around on the big screen and in a big way, for a beauty's only skinny deep change. And as opposed to the standard scrawny and hollow bimbo babe assembly line in movies."
Robin Hood (2010)
"Shouting its way into theaters like a medieval music video, this outlaws and inlaws prequel features the usual period village pillaging of feudal pub party animals, no-nonsense feminist peasant Blanchett, and a single fleeting Crowe/Cate PG kiss. "
Shanghai Red (2006)
"Juxtaposing a litany of opposing thematic elements, ranging from honor vs. disgrace to tradition vs. modernization to trust vs. duplicity, this multi-layered mystery shapes up like a modern morality play of Shakespearean proportions."
The Trotsky (2010)
"There's a solid sense, in its many subversive comical moments, that beyond the private emotional immediacy of Blackberries and Palm Pilots we are all propelled inside this larger, constantly evolving collective force called history, no matter what age."
Princess Ka'iulani (2010)
"Unfolding somewhat like Cameron's Avatar relocated back in time to planet earth, the film ironically excavates a very different homeland security, in resistance to US imperialism. And a rare woman on screen, not living through a man."
Light Keepers (2010)
"Not exactly stock market math for dummies, this horror doc hybrid is nevertheless candid camera capitalism in the raw, penetrating that secretive trader thug life steeped in money lust, booze, designer cigars, drugs, and high end sex on demand."
Iron Man 2 (2010)
"Only the first of who knows how many sequels, and those clunky ferrous fashionistas are already getting a little, well, rusty. Downey retains his Chaplinesque eccentric charm, but it's wearing thin, adding up to a sequel with a serious Iron deficiency."
"An alternately frightening and exhilarating, guerilla-style documentary showcasing the downs and ups of an amoral thrill-seeker lucky enough to bottom out and find redemption before it was too late to be given a last shot at rehabilitation."
"Spouting enough racist and anti-Semitic platitudes to incite unrest across the planet, this knockoff Bond's sheer delight is sorting out sinister political grossout swipes and brutal historical truths, from all the just plain silly fun."
"Humans and parched vampires engage in endless skirmishes of hide and seek, while corporate meanies go about concocting efficient farming and drainage systems of homo sapiens in profiteering captivity."
Harry Brown (2010)
"Caine's geriatric slasher may have gripes against UK youngsters with bad behavior. But the 'don't trust anyone under thirty' carnage, is really not the role model example that the elders should be setting, by killing 'em all and sorting 'em out later."
Edge of Darkness (2010)
"Boasting a nuclear facility roach motel where you can't check out, a villain politician who just happens to be a Democrat, and a kindly hitman played by Ray Winstone, but who was originally Robert De Niro until he backed out over creative differences."
"Move over, Tea Party revelers. Abramoff's already been there, done that in this political porn in the raw. Nearly casting himself as loathsome lobbyist in his own Favor Factory reality show, with a perpetual smirk and a Blackberry in each hand."
Behind The Burly Q (2010)
The Losers (2010)
"You know how Zoe Saldana's multiple Oscar-winning film, Avatar, has been lauded for its breathtaking, state of the art of technical wizardry? Well, don't expect to see anything like that in this under-budgeted homage to bad B-movies."
"Surgical kidnapping in 3 languages, and out of control mismanaged health care with no possibility of medical malpractice lawsuits in sight. Or more to the point, what in the world is bugging director Tom Six. Hold the insecticide."
The Back-up Plan (2010)
"A ditzy reproductive romance pitting maternal instincts against mutual relationship phobia. Plus a leading man who still does homework, a first trimester package deal infatuation, and puppy love for a two legged canine named Nutsy."
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Woman's Prison (2010)
"Katie Madonna Lee makes an impressive writing, acting and directorial debut with this alternately terrifying, thought-provoking and unabashedly empathetic look at life from the harrowing perspective of a never-protected female. "
The Joneses (2010)