Old Dogs (2009)
The Road (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Planet 51 (2009)
"It's good-spirited, and there are enough colorful characters to please its intended audience. Best of all is an Earth-built robot on wheels named Rover, who thinks it's a dog. He'll be a hit. If only the main characters were as interesting."
The Blind Side (2009)
" Bullock's the main reason to see the film: She's believably feisty and funny as an ex-college cheerleader turned into a strong-minded, NRA card-carrying Southern belle with whom you should not mess."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
It Might Get Loud (2009)
"Watch the little admiring smiles that creep onto the faces of The Edge and White as Page turns his Les Paul to 11 and starts blasting out the riff from "Whole Lotta Love." They're big rock stars, but all of a sudden they're 14 again."
Whip It (2009)
"There are no real villains here, just normal people making their way through life. And Bliss, while willful, is not horrible; she's just found something she needs to do, fishnets and all, and she's doing it."
Gran Torino (2009)
"Take it for what it is: An old guy who gives himself one last juicy role as the flawed, haunted anti-hero, an old guy who's done this so often that he isn't above making himself look silly as well as heroic (he even croons the title song over the ending c"
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The International (2009)
"Brad Pitt spends a lifetime aging backward in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and there are points in the movie where your tired hindquarters feel as if they've been along for every minute of his strange journey."
The Informant! (2009)
"Buckets of gore, truckloads of angst, hot superhero sex, full-frontal radiation-monster nudity, soap opera machinations, pulp fiction voice-overs, weekend trips to Mars .. and enough back stories for the next half-dozen superhero movies."
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
" A happy, family-friendly movie without a mean bone in its mutated body, even though it features a giant killer robot machine and its four-eyed alien squid master, a megalomaniac who's out to kill and/or enslave all of humanity."
Play The Game (2009)
Fast & Furious (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
"As raunchy and as nihilistic as a two-minute punk song. It has its envelope-pushing rewards, at times .. but it tends to make its single-minded point over and over. After a short while, you begin to wonder: Is there anything on its mind? There isn't."
17 Again (2009)
"It knows it has one thing going for it: teen idol Zac Efron. So it shows off that boy from beginning to end: shaggy hair, dreamy eyes, etc. ... '17 Again' is a virtual Efronathon, and I can't imagine his fans complaining."
Star Trek (2009)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The Proposal (2009)
"It's obviously formula stuff, and follows that formula so earnestly that at points you'll wince more than swoon (why does every big proclamation of love in the final scenes need to be made in public?)."
"Watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is like going to one of those chain all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants: The potatoes may be overbaked, the green beans limp and the beef lukewarm, but no way are you walking out of there hungry."
"In a world where the Transformers sequel can make a mint while being so lackadaisical and empty, it almost makes you wonder why the Potter crew bother to take such care. But let's not question it. Just enjoy it."
The Ugly Truth (2009)
"As a girls'-night-out movie for those in the right frame of mind, it gets some laughs, even a few big ones. But this opposites-attract comedy is wildly uneven: There are long stretches of down time, and some of the humor is so crude it backfires."
Food, Inc. (2009)
"It moves briskly through its impressive array of talking points, though you might wish it had lingered over a few of them for a little more depth. No matter. Consider it a primer on a deadly serious issue that affects all of us, several times a day."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Tom is a prime example of what happens when you grow up listening to too much sad British pop music: unrealistic expectations for romantic love and a taste for skinny ties and sweater vests. Now he's fallen, and fallen hard, for Summer. How could he not?"
Julie & Julia (2009)
In the Loop (2009)
"Think of it as a celebration of the craft of screenwriting. This British comedy is dense with brilliant, profane and telling dialogue, with laugh-out-loud zingers that just keep coming and coming -- though few can be quoted here."
District 9 (2009)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Minority Report (2002)
"The Sixth Sense has more than simple ghoulish chills on its mind. Instead, it's a spooky mind game with a whopper of a twist at the end, a twist that, even when you think about it, makes perfect sense."
Men in Black (1997)