Punisher: War Zone (2008)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
"All Oscar ingredients are present and correct - even Tilda Swinton popping up as the token Brit thesp being marvellous in a supporting role - but if this is the best film of 2008 then you can't help feeling it wasn't much of a year."
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Seven Pounds (2008)
"This preposterous, patience-draining, ponderous, Pay It Forward-style nonsense, from Gabriele Muccino, the director of The Pursuit Of Happyness, basically amounts to a big pile of backslapping on behalf of the ever-watchable Smith."
My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)
The Wrestler (2008)
"It's as much a magnificent comeback for director Darren Aronofsky (after the grand, over-digitised folly of The Fountain) as it is for Rourke, and there's a beautifully understated authenticity to this funny yet bleak, low-budget triumph."
Bride Wars (2009)
Yes Man (2008)
Bedtime Stories (2008)
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Puccini - La Boheme (2007)
"This portrait rightly invites admiration for the man's influential talent, while provoking thoughts about the responsibilities of journalism. It's overlong but colourful anecdotes and a zippy 1960s/1970s soundtrack make it entertaining stuff."
"Survive the opening five minutes of his realist/fabulist noir - an unrelentingly slow pan up the side of an industrial ship - without chewing your seat or howling and you'll find plenty to stroke your chin over."
Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)
Trouble the Water (2008)
Transporter 3 (2008)
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
"The biggest draw here isn't the sub-sitcom schtick but the super-hi-definition CGI panoramas - make sure you see this in Imax, where your eyeballs have enough room to roam over the impressive wide vista bits."
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
"The script provocatively plays on white middle-class liberal fears and the direction is deft, but characters are flimsy and even Jackson can't force you to swallow a final act that's hysterical - and not in a good way."
The Express (2008)
The Children (2008)
Four Christmases (2008)
What Just Happened? (2008)
Lorna's Silence (2008)
"The sensational material is episodic and gut-wrenchingly affecting but Eastwood keeps a strong hand on it, even if it often feels like a big-bucks version of a daytime TV drama. The Oscar race starts here."
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
"Wonderfully acted if wildly flawed, this a weirdly funny, ultimately uplifting ensemble comedy drama about having the courage to be a real person and love another: you won't know whether to split your sides or your wrists."
Body of Lies (2008)
"What's surprising is that such a heavyweight combo of Crowe, DiCaprio and Scott would waste their collective gravitas on something so light. Action and acting are both solid but there's no deeper human or political dimension to justify the running time."
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Max Payne (2008)