Where The Road Meets The Sun (2011)
"A sprawling, somewhat self-consciously multi-ethnic drama of struggling immigrants that, despite some relaxed performances, repeatedly identifies plausibility as an enemy, and never locates a truly compelling through-line. "
Final Destination 5 (2011)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
The Whistleblower (2011)
Assassination Games (2011)
Life in a Day (2011)
"Small parts dazzle but the film succeeds more in theory than practice. It's a fabulous concept, but overall less than the sum of its parts, largely because it slips back and forth between different modes of storytelling. "
The Tree (2011)
The Devil's Double (2011)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Attack the Block (2011)
Good Neighbors (2011)
Sarah's Key (2011)
"Fine performances and an artful emotional modulation make this drama, which unfolds with the pockets of slack one might expect to find in an adaptation of historical fiction, feel real and lived in rather than mawkish. "
Life, Above All (2011)
"Built for obvious uplift, but Schmitz, a South African-born filmmaker of German descent, has a unique sort of insider's outside view, one might say, that keeps the movie from tipping over into the maudlin or contrived. "
"A unique slice of Southern Gothic that trades in low-level mischievousness, Septien is the ultimate chameleonic cinematic experience -- it is chiefly what one wishes it to be, based on their mood, and interpretation of its rhythms. "
Fading Of The Cries (2011)
"A hobbled sci-fi thriller that doesn't have the money to compete with genre big boys, but also lacks an imagination in presentation or execution that might enable it to escape the downward pull of its limitations. "
"Worthy of capping off the series, but falls slightly short of being completely satisfying. With a decade's worth of material to do justice to, being fulfilling in the least is a praiseworthy accomplishment. "
"Leaves some tougher questions of subconscious motivation under-explored, but interesting chiefly because of its subject matter, and the discombobulating sight of Richards, who is a weird blend of the skeletal and ethereal. "
In Our Name ()
"A British coming-home-from-war drama that toes the line between the pedestrian and interesting, though tilting toward the former, In Our Name connects to the degree it does due to Joanne Froggatt's performance. "
The Ledge (2011)
Raw Faith (2011)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Project Nim (2011)
Crime After Crime (2011)
"Another bloated and confusing adventure oozing with disorienting CGI action and one-dimensional characters. This better be the end of the franchise, otherwise Bay owes us all a lifetime supply of Advil. "
A Love Affair of Sorts (2011)
"An occasionally intriguing navel-gazing misfire, but its unverifiable claim to be the first feature film shot entirely on flip cameras eventually comes across as nothing more than an excuse for stylistic sloppiness. "
Bad Teacher (2011)
One Lucky Elephant (2011)
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
"A period piece adaptation of a memoir that has a lot going for it, including nice production design, cinematography and performances. But it would do better with a bit less hearty of an attempted embrace of the whole truth, one surmises. "
Bride Flight (2011)
"Stuffy and a bit predictable from the outside, this nicely mounted Dutch melodrama eventually blossoms if one gives it time and an open heart and mind, due to the strength of its characterizations. "
"Fine for those predisposed to it, but Jig doesn't spend much time elucidating the steps of Irish dance, and the movie unfurls as a haze of performance footage, with neither much contextual mooring nor ambition in staging. "
Green Lantern (2011)
The Pill (2011)
"A recognizably human rom-com, reflective of the realities of the twenty- and even early-thirtysomething dating scene, in which people mean well but often find their attempts at monogamy tested in unexpected ways. "
Rejoice & Shout (2011)
"An exhaustively comprehensive documentary on the 200-year musical history of African-American Christianity, Don McGlynn's movie is a defacto concert film, buoyed as it is with stirring rare performances. "
Viva Riva! (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
The Trip (2011)
Blank City (2011)