District 9 (2009)
"Who knew that a movie that begins like an Apartheid spin on Brazilian ghetto drama City Of God, then mutates into The Fly, would wind up pushing some emotional buttons in a way reminiscent of ET?"
Broken Embraces (2009)
"Entertaining enough with visuals to die for, but definitely not as emotionally rewarding as some of this director's other recent pictures."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"A stunningly realistic, thrillingly intense depiction of extraordinary men carrying out one of the toughest jobs imaginable, graced with a knockout performance by relative unknown Renner."
Funny People (2009)
"There's loads to enjoy in this defiantly maturing comedy drama from one of the few directors powerful enough to get such a film made."
Dance Flick (2009)
"A musical spoof with two left feet and no rhythm."
I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)
"We've seen it a million times before, and better. The situations are forced, the script is weak, the pace drags and, frankly, it just isn't funny enough."
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Tarantino likes action, but more than anything he likes seeing actors delivering the dialogue he wrote for them. In the case of the surprising, original Inglourious Basterds, we are happy to indulge him."
"Preposterous in all the right ways, Orphan is this week's true guilty pleasure."
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
"Puppet satire Team America got there first, on a fraction of the budget and with more animated performances."
The Ugly Truth (2009)
"This is a romcom made very much in the ribald spirit of lad-centric comedies such as The Hangover, and it makes a refreshing change. Sappy, it ain't."
Land of the Lost (2009)
"Too rude for kids and too dumb for grown-ups, this laboured romp is a dino-snore."
"A slick slice of efficient family entertainment, but lacking the inspiration to turn in into something special."
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
"Now that all the summer's blockbusters have shot their load, there could be room in the market for this solidly entertaining thriller remake. But your life would hardly be impoverished if you skipped it."
The Informers (2009)
"For diehard Ellis completists only."EDIT
"An impressive directorial debut with a smart, absorbing and well-acted film that's not just for geeks."EDIT
"After the clumsy storytelling and hollow action of some of this summer's Hollywood blockbusters, Yates' latest Potter is a shining beacon of quality."
Fired Up (2009)
"Clichéd execution, paper-thin characters."
"A quirky look at women, family and Keanu's bod (still hot). Satisfyingly meatier than your standard chick flick."
"With as many gasps as laughs, and arguably less pleasurable than Borat, Brüno succeeds by sheer dint of Cohen's unrivalled ability to conceive, and then bravely enact, the most jawdropping stunts imaginable."
"Fantastic animation, lively dialogue and some terrific new characters spice up this franchise. It'll delight existing fans and probably win over some new ones too."EDIT
Public Enemies (2009)
"A film more to admire than to love."
"A sexist, unoriginal but entertaining bit of fun. And isnt that exactly what you want some Saturday nights?"
Looking for Eric (2010)
"Call it Looking For Box Office: king of gritty social realism Loach has made a wonderful feel-good hit."
The Hangover (2009)
"Debauched, depraved and very, very funny."
Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008)
"A taut, sexy, French thriller as long as youre happy to accept the ludicrous premise."
Last Chance Harvey (2009)
"They don't often make romances like this, so tell your mum - or granny!"
Terminator Salvation (2009)
"This latest Terminator may well please the committed obsessive, but the rest of us are left feeling simultaneously beaten about the head and yet slightly underwhelmed."
"Call us old-fashioned, but we wouldn't have minded some characters to relate to, root for and care about."
"Skins plus multiple slayings equals fun times, best enjoyed while mildly inebriated."
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
"Like the play within the film, Synecdoche is bravely ambitious, with glimpses of Kaufman's genius. But it's also an indulgent slog that only the most diehard Kaufmanites will happily endure."
"If you want to see a shirtless hunk knocking the shit out of fierce fighters, who better to do it than gorgeous hottie Channing Tatum."
Angels & Demons (2009)
"Avoiding the pitfalls of The Da Vinci Code, the eventful follow-up makes plenty of its own mis-steps. We now have renewed respect for the corny, endearingly unpretentious National Treasure movies."
Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)
"The world could do with some feelgood fun at the moment, and this is utterly infectious - a total joy."
"Endlessly inventive and impeccably realised, it's tough to find fault with this freaky, feisty fable."
Star Trek (2009)
"Star Trek is fresh, funny, exciting and - biggest surprise of all - emotionally engaging."
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
"Fans will love this bright if bland romp, but it lacks that crossover appeal to make it a guilty adult pleasure."
Is Anybody There? (2009)
"Whether by accident or design, Is Anybody There? shares its youthful lead and '80s setting with funny, inventive Son Of Rambow. It hasn't emerged from its shadow."
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
"Entertaining enough to keep Fox and Marvel's planned series of X-Men spinoff movies on track, but not quite the socko start to the summer season we'd anticipated."
"Moving, gripping and funny, this is a homegrown gem you can't help taking to your heart."
"Outlandish would have been a better title for a film that's great fun and quite exciting before eventually outstaying its welcome."
Observe and Report (2009)
"Often more funny peculiar than funny ha-ha, this cult flick will offend and baffle plenty an audience member."
State of Play (2009)
"Enjoyable even to audiences with fond memories of the TV series, State Of Play could give brainy big-screen drama a good name."
"Smart, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining."
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
"DreamWorks Animation tries something new, but we prefer its talking-animal comedies Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda."
"At its best, this is as engaging, funny and warmly moving as Richard Curtis's finest work."
Two Lovers (2008)
"moving, candid study of love and choices. But, if you want escapism, you're probably better off with Marley & Me."
The Damned United (2009)
"Chameleon Sheen gives another terrific performance in a compelling, funny drama you don't have to like soccer to enjoy."EDIT
"It probably helps that the trailer flatlined our expectations, but the engaging, unconventional Knowing certainly qualifies as a pleasant surprise."
American Teen (2008)
"Anyone who doesn't like it can stay behind after class."
"If you're a fan, you'll already have booked your tickets, and we doubt Snyder's reverential approach to the bleak material will disappoint."