A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Behind The Burly Q (2010)
"A fun and affectionate look at a lost American pastime that continues to fascinate generations. Exhaustive research and respect for the subject practically puts the viewer within reach of the twirling tassels."
"Gory as a Japanese horror film, action-packed as an early John Woo, hip as prime Tarantino, Matthew Vaughn's riot of fun and violence, Kick-Ass gains singular laurels in the comic fanboy hall of fame. "
Date Night (2010)
Clash of the Titans (2010)
"Charmless, ugly and lackluster with a laughably bad script, it's no improvement on the original film and on its own merits is just unfortunate. I'm sure the video game tie-in will be more entertaining than this."
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
Repo Men (2010)
Green Zone (2010)
Remember Me (2010)
"What was a well acted, heartfelt love story of two wounded souls finding each other and learning to heal is obliterated in one vile, manipulative swoop. This ending wasn't deep or thought-provoking; this was a sucker punch."
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
The Wolfman (2010)
"Rick Baker's fantastic werewolf creation, amazing production design and unexpectedly gory special effects save the film from the wolfsbane combination of wildly uneven acting and a rickety, middling script"
"The Lightning Thief is all crass ineptitude and lost potential. Columbus' infantilizing of any character depth and use of leftover Harry Potter special effects will amuse only the smallest in your pantheon."
Dear John (2010)
Edge of Darkness (2010)
"With Avatar, Cameron has created the first great epic of the 21st century and a new benchmark in filmmaking. No wonder that this took 4 years to produce, it was worth every minute to get this right."
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
"It's tempting to call Brothers a war film, but the war is only a backdrop for any family tragedy. Sheridan and his brilliant cast show deft and sensitive handling of complex and universal issues. Oscar noms abound."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
"Despite an abundance of nude male torsos, New Moon hasn't enough swoony romance for its female demo, action thrills or cleverness anywhere in the production, dragging on eternally like its vamp undead."
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
"These pure, stripped-down moments of Jackson in his element on stage, music flowing through him are as close to the heart of the man as the public will ever get, resulting in an experience both joyful and melancholy."
Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
"Astro Boy stands on its own as a nifty piece of animated fun, full of good lessons, brisk pacing and humour and sweetness the original anime sometimes lacked. It does Osamu Tezuka's source creation proud."
Ong Bak 2 (2009)
"Moaning about the overlong, sloppily told story seems petty nitpicking when all I really want to see is Tony Jaa doing what he does best - beating the tar out of people, and we get that in spades in Ong Bak 2."
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
"A two-hour op-ed piece raging against the hijacking of the American Dream by special interests, Moore's a canny enough filmmaker to balance entertainment and foursquare truths to keep the audience entertained and fascinated."
"A familiar feeling mash-up of many films, Surrogates is enjoyable as the slight popcorn chomper it's meant to be. Won't tax the brain overmuch, but is enjoyable as the modern day 1950's B-movie that it is."
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
"The only biopic approved by the House of Chanel, clearly for its utter topicality and lack of challenge to Chanel's mythos. Amazing how a life so thoroughly lived could come off so flat and listless onscreen."
All About Steve (2009)
"Still Walking is a triumph of mood and storytelling imbued with fine performances. Kore-eda creates more bombast in the quiet of a living room than I've seen from all this year's summer blockbusters."
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Pure Tarantino with the brash pop culture flourishes and disbelief suspension that entails, yet fine performances and memorable characters show real heart and thought behind Inglourious Basterds. I had a blast."
"Not the spectacle that Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away are, Ponyo's beautiful, hand-drawn storybook pastels, mesmerising swirls of colourful action and sweet message of friendship are a gentle delight."
District 9 (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
"When is a movie remake not a movie remake? When the filmmakers involved know what they've made is so wretched they don't dare admit it. The most oblivious MTV viewer won't miss the blatant plagiarism."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Cool as a melty Creamsicle on a hot summer day and a sweet surprise in the middle of blockbuster season. Gordon-Levitt's performance is as starmaking as John Cusack's in the romcom opus, Say Anything."
"Funnier and looser than previous sequels, it entertains like the blockbuster it's meant to be. If Deathly Hallows is anywhere as enjoyable as Half-Blood Prince, I just might miss this series when it's over."
Public Enemies (2009)
Year One (2009)