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The Hangover (2009)
"This is top stuff. There's all the carnage, baps and humiliation you could want from a 15-rated comedy but it's pegged around a smart plot that actually holds up. Take out the laughs, and The Hangover would still work as a gripping, if barmy thriller."
Shadows in the Sun (2009)
Last Chance Harvey (2009)
Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
"Is Salvation worse than Terminator 3? Well, T3 stank but at least it felt like a Terminator movie. This is more like The Matrix: Revolutions-effects-heavy background sketching and no relevance to the two brilliant originals."
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
12 Rounds (2009)
"Tormented deserves a thumbs- up for its top young cast, its willingness to try something different, and for delivering a slew of fun, if hugely unfrightening, moments. So well done for, er, having a stab."
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Angels & Demons (2009)
"This deliciously creepy fairy- tale-penned by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick-might just be the best 3D film ever made. It is, without doubt, the best I've seen."
Star Trek (2009)
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
Is Anybody There? (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
"It's sharp, smart and incredibly funny. But most importantly it's real, with none of the macho gangsta posturing that often makes tough, yoof-centric drama look like a lazy British retread of Grand Theft Auto."
State of Play (2009)
In the Loop (2009)
"A bile-spitting, side-splitting little beauty of a film, this is to the smug, Oxbridge-ridden world of political satire what a prostate exam by Mike Tyson in a Burmese outhouse is to standard medical procedure."
I Love You, Man (2009)
Let the Right One In (2008)
Fast & Furious (2009)
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
17 Again (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
"Kids will adore the flash 3D visuals, brilliant action sequences and ace sight gags. Mums, dads and others will relish the quickfire dialogue-some of the best we've heard for a while in any film-and the affectionate nods to sci-fi of times past."
A Summer In Genoa (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
"Know1ng is a terrible movie. But for sheer "you can't do that. You CAN'T do that. Did they just do that?" slack-jawed, drop- yer-popcorn astonishment, it's hard to see how this will be beaten in 2009."
American Teen (2008)
The International (2009)
Gran Torino (2009)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
"Cruising into cinemas with worse timing than a Taiwanese Rolex, this chick flick about one woman racking up five figures of credit card debt seems less like a comedy than an epic 104-minute finger-wagging session."
Cadillac Records (2008)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Pink Panther 2 (2009)
"feel free to sing along here: "It's a stinker, Pink Panther, your heart'll sinky-dink panther. And it's as plain as your noooose . . .You couldn't make a weaker, truly aby-si-mal, ranker Pink Panther from heeead-to-toooooes.""
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)