The Ugly Truth (2009)
"By the time they have their big showdown in a hot air balloon (a sequence, incidentally, featuring some of the fakiest green-screen work in recent memory), you'll be pleading for an 'Oh, the humanity!' ending to this cinematic Hindenberg."
"You can tell where this is all going, and the familiarity wouldn't be so bad if this cast could have some fun with the cliches. Alas, these CW stars pout and frown and yell, while lumbering and plodding through the Stephen King/Rob Reiner playbook."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"Even if this latest entry doesn't have all the intensity or real-world political repercussions of Order of the Phoenix, it's a fun palate-cleanser as we all await what promises to be a bang-up climax."
I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)
"I don't know if Timex or any of the major timepiece manufacturers gives out a Most Glances at Wristwatch award for movies, but if they do, this achingly monotonous cartoon has a lock on at least a nomination."
Public Enemies (2009)
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"The kind of uncompromising movie that any politician who claims to support the troops while extending the war and cutting funds for veterans' benefits (or any chickenhawk pundit who pooh-poohs the ongoing effects of PTSD) should be forced to see."
Year One (2009)
"[Harold] Ramis and co-writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg mostly avoid the easy anachronism jokes, to their credit, but instead they wind up plumbing the depths of poop, fart, urine, foreskin and gay-panic humor."
The Proposal (2009)
"Classic screwball comedies knew how to get antagonistic lovers to fall for each other without having to resort to bathos; one wants to send first-time screenwriter Pete Chiarelli to an all-day Howard Hawks film festival."
Imagine That (2009)
"Murphy's scenes with Shahidi prove that he can manage a real rapport with young performers -- why the makers of this movie back-burnered that in favor of more scenes about stock projections, I can't imagine."
"The intelligence and care with which the movie was produced makes the script's minor deficiencies stand out in contrast, but on the whole, Moon is the sort of trippy sci-fi dystopia that's best enjoyed on the big screen."
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Land of the Lost (2009)
The Hangover (2009)
"If you've seen the trailer for The Hangover, then you've pretty much seen all the funny parts. You've probably also unspooled a movie in your head that's way more fun than what's actually screening in theaters."
My Life in Ruins (2009)
Away We Go (2009)
"It's hard to say whether Mendes and Eggers complement each other's weak spots or if one manages to bring out the best in his collaborator, but ultimately it doesn't matter: Even those who aren't a fan of either should give Away We Go a shot."
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
"There's an unforgettable moment in Klute where Jane Fonda's hooker character peeks at her watch while pretending to be in the throes of orgasm; Chelsea seems to operate entirely in watch-peeking mode."
"How can one movie contain Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Steve Coogan, Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson while offering so very little in the way of laughs?"
Angels & Demons (2009)
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Next Day Air (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
Battle For Terra (2009)
The Soloist (2009)
Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)
"Imagine a gonzo collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Bay and Tex Avery on a weekend meth binge, and you begin to get an idea of what writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brad Taylor have up their sleeves."
17 Again (2009)
State of Play (2009)
"State of Play starts out like an All the President's Men wannabe, but the story eventually begins very cleverly twisting upon itself in a way that never feels like a cheat or an insult to the audience's intelligence."
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
"Things go from bad to worse to violent and yet -- as in Pineapple Express, which also starred Rogen -- the film never stops being funny, even though you'll find yourself squirming more and more over Ronnie's behavior."
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
Alien Trespass (2009)
The Escapist (2008)
"Director Rupert Wyatt and his co-writer Daniel Hardy have neatly trimmed the fat from this story -- there's almost no character, incident or visual cue that doesn't somehow enhance the plot or set up a surprise or key revelation later on."
Fast & Furious (2009)
"We get stuck watching Vin Diesel and Paul Walker squint and say words in a weak approximation of acting, wasting precious time that could be spent enjoying street racers zipping through crowded thoroughfares and jumping over obstacles."
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)