The Grey (2012)
"Packed with pulse-pounding thrills and genuine spooks, The Grey is a nightmare vision of man versus beast. Neeson's acting chops sell the film's cheesier inclinations while its pacing keeps viewers on the edge of their seats."
"Hobbled by bad pacing and an anemic script, Haywire should've been a fun popcorn actioner showing off Gina Carano's wonderfully brutal talents, which deserve a far more energetic and inspired vehicle."
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
"One of the brightest jewels in Disney's crown, Beauty and the Beast's 3D reissue takes nothing away and makes the film's brilliance even easier to appreciate; the movie is more beautiful and timeless than it ever was."
Norwegian Wood (2012)
"Outstanding performances blend beautifully with a sharp, unsentimental script, stunning cinematography and evocative score to make Norwegian Wood a haunting, mesmerizing symphony of heartache, love, loss and hope."
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
"Noisy, repetitive and obnoxious, The Adventures of Tintin's sensory overload is somehow blindingly dull. The barrage of onscreen overstimulation will keep kids glued to their seats, but won't make them care about or cherish the characters."
"A hypnotic cocktail of haunting visuals, strong performances and mesmerizing score. Take the best bits of this captivating new work and cut them into the negligible flaws of the original film and you'd have a perfect story."
War Horse (2011)
"A magnificent epic that captures the essence and magic of classic movie-making. The heartfelt and emotional War Horse is one of Steven Spielberg's best movies and certainly one of the best films of the year."
"A paler retread of the first film is still fun because of the chemistry between Downey Jr. & Law. With a stronger, wittier script and less emphasis on bombast, there's no reason why there shouldn't be one more go. "
"Scorsese uses 3D to submerge viewers into a glittering storybook world, but all of Hugo's beauty can't make up for the sidetracking of the tale of the orphaned boy living in the train station in favor of a film preservation PSA."
The Muppets (2011)
"A bit flat and never quite as madcap or wacky as the TV show or early films, The Muppets hits enough right notes to be a pleasing welcome back for longtime fans and a lovely introduction for those deprived of Muppets magic."
"A boring mess that exists only to milk the fans that made the series a success, but is so unsexy and just plain weird that even the most devoted Twihards stand to be disappointed or grossed out, or possibly, both."
"Its trove of unseen treasures is required viewing for fans, but the majority of time spent on Beatlemania and his spiritual pursuits over nearly four hours leaves viewers with as many questions about George Harrison as when they came in."
The Thing (2011)
"Consisting of a few shock pops and queasy effects, The Thing is tired, rote and uninspired, becoming a waiting game to see who gets knocked off next. There's nothing here not seen before, including in its superior 1982 sire. "
"With its excellent cast and emotionally intelligent script, 50/50 isn't necessarily a feel good movie about cancer, but is an exceptional telling of one man's story, mixed with a perfect balance of sympathy and laughs."
The Ides of March (2011)
"The Ides of March is a gorgeously shot character study filled with wonderful performances ably structured by Clooney. I only wish all these ingredients had come together for a more compelling cause. "
"Abduction needs two different reviews. For the Lautner fans, this is so the film you've been waiting for. For non-fans, it's full of holes, impossibilities and unintentionally hilarious dialog written by a sixth grader that doesn't get out much. "
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
"With noticeable gaps between the telling of its first decade and its second, Pearl Jam Twenty didn't necessarily need to be a feature, but is a really lovely fan letter to a band that's worked hard for the devotion and respect it receives."
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
"Ill-conceived and ill-timed, this unfunny yuppies' lament couldn't be more insulting to single parents, women, or anyone struggling to make a living. Excuse me while I cry as success ruins the characters' perfect lives."
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark might not make viewers forget the television original they grew up with, but has enough under the skin creepiness to entertain those simply looking for a good fright at the movie theatre."
"Wrapped in B-movie trappings from its clichéd script and implausible scenarios to less than thrilling action, the best thing Colombiana has going for it is the lovely Ms. Saldana, who deserves much better than this."
Fright Night (2011)
"Far better than one might expect with exciting action and a memorable hero in Caesar. The premise is clever enough to entertain longtime Apes fans while also giving a new generation a great introduction to Planet of the Apes lore."
The Smurfs (2011)
"Kitschily clever and more heartwarming than many of the failed cinema-sized blowups of television cartoon characters, The Smurfs is an unexpected pleasure and a satisfying adaptation that's a lot of fun for the entire family. "
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
"A fun and snappy introduction to one of the seminal heroes of the Marvel Universe and a nice last note before next year's Avengers film. Captain America is one of the more successful of the Marvel superhero movies."
Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)
"Far better than its predecessor, I hope worldwide audiences see Gantz: Perfect Answer, because it's awfully entertaining. With excellent, fast-paced katana battles and boomtastic sci-fi action, it's a great blast of summer fun. "
"One of the best of the eight films Deathly Hallows: Part 2 might indeed require a scorecard for the uninitiated, but for those in the know, it's a more than suitable ending for a decade-long journey that was truly magical."
Cars 2 (2011)
"Cars 2's lovely globe-spanning graphics and 007-ish action give it a slight edge over its sire, but not by much. The overlong, convoluted plot and charmless, bargain-basement humour is way beneath Pixar standards."
Green Lantern (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
"Smart, witty and fun. Perfect summer viewing and a worthy entry to the higher echelons of the Marvel cinematic pantheon. A fine reboot for the franchise and I'd happily look forward to another blast from the X-Men past."
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
"The series has simply run out of steam. Though better than its predecessor, this chapter owes everything to the Herculean strength of Johnny Depp's charm and the presence of Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane."
True Legend (2011)
"An exciting mix of the best of Old School kung fu cinema and new technology absolutely worth seeing on big screen. Pity that the film's terrible, tacked-on ending keeps True Legend from being truly legendary."
"Everything aboutThor seems afterthought and cast-off, from its cheap-looking production values and dull action to its flat script. It's telling that Chris Hemsworth's shirtless scene is the movie's most special effect. "
"With much more to it than its teenage assassin plot, Hanna is a grim fairy tale about a girl's coming-of-age that's also terribly entertaining. Thrilling to both the eye and ear, Hanna stands apart as a cerebral action movie."
13 Assassins (2011)
"13 Assassins single-handedly revitalises the samurai film, taking it to new heights with incomparable style and excitement. Make all possible haste to see this grand-scale epic on the biggest screen you can find."
Soul Surfer (2011)
"Soul Surfer is a rare film these days, truly heartwarming and inspirational. The performances are wonderful and true and the movie itself is exciting and lovely to look at. It's a perfect family film."
Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) (2010)
Mildred Pierce (2011)
"Gorgeous and brilliantly performed as it is, Mildred Pierce's languid pacing and strict adherence to James M. Cain's novel might have been an admirable concept, but doesn't necessarily make for good cinema and possibly even worse television."
Sucker Punch (2011)
"While visually stylish and entertaining, Sucker Punch isn't quite the watershed moment fans of tough broads wielding fists of fury hoped for; instead it might be the priciest bit of softcore porn for otaku and gamers ever produced."
Win Win (2011)
"Win Win earns its title as a genuinely warm film that surprises and delights with humour, intelligence and perfect performances from all its cast. The real winner is the audience lucky enough to catch this gem. "
Red Riding Hood (2011)
"Not as awesomely awful as Twilight, though director Hardwicke dwells in the same overwrought, teenage fever-dream, while her cast embraces the campiness as if knowing they've signed up for a giant blot on their CVs."
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)