San Francisco Examiner
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
American Reunion (2012)
Mirror Mirror (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
21 Jump Street (2012)
The Woman in Black (2012)
This Means War (2012)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
John Carter (2012)
Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)
Man on a Ledge (2012)
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011)
"It thrives on Tucker and Dale's winning personalities, and the chemistry so evident in the shrewd coupling of Tudyk and Labine, veteran performers who rarely enjoy top billing but make the most of it here."
"I'm still wondering how people indifferent to baseball will respond to the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics and their smartest-kid-in-the-sandbox general manager. But I will say this - the casting is strong, and the human drama has universal appeal."
The Hedgehog (2011)
Final Destination 5 (2011)
"Do the kills measure up? They do, in a fashion as laughably over-the-top as you'd expect. The movie is as thrilling as a roller-coaster ride (another instrument of death, put to sinister use in Final Destination 3) and about as profound."
The Guard (2011)
"The runaway success of the franchise, which has long raised its middle finger at our collective intelligence, would seem to suggest otherwise, but if 'Dark of the Moon' is the final chapter of this inane trilogy, it is also the least insulting."
Cars 2 (2011)
"Without the warm-hearted innocence Mater brings to screenwriter Ben Queen's madcap espionage adventure, Lasseter's sequel would be little more than a superior technical exercise, visually impressive but so slight as to seem superfluous."
Beautiful Boy (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
"None of this is exactly fresh - '8' pays homage to venerable sci-fi clichés and revisits territory Spielberg has covered before. But what's so refreshing is how effortlessly entertaining it turns out to be. The plot's engine practically purrs."
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
"There's nothing here that you haven't seen before in Lloyd Kaufman's Troma pictures and the grindhouse films of the '70s, save for perhaps better production values and an impressively grizzled Rutger Hauer."
"[Angarano] and Thurman have scenes of such honesty and raw emotional energy that it's almost possible to forgive "Ceremony" its sometimes sluggish pacing and its peevish protagonist. Almost, but not quite."
Scream 4 (2011)
The Mechanic (2011)
The Company Men (2011)
"'Men' is neither as gritty nor as unsentimental as David Mamet's more uncompromising assessment of office politics, 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' but that doesn't mean there is no place for Wells' vision, which has its own resonance."
True Grit (2010)
"A character actor rather than a Hollywood monument, Bridges so thoroughly cloaks himself in Cogburn's darkness that he threatens to disappear altogether. The same could never be said of Wayne, but the point of 'True Grit' is not to invite comparisons."
Tron Legacy (2010)
"Johnson, as WWE fans quickly learned, has charisma to spare. In person, he is sharp-witted, funny and effortlessly engaging. Those qualities translate easily to the screen, but 'Faster' never gives him a chance."
"Seventy years after Walt Disney first sent Rapunzel's story into development comes Tangled, his empire's 50th animated feature and, since Pixar ushered the studio into the digital age with Toy Story, one of its most rewarding."
South of the Border (2010)
"In hindsight, Stone should have left Gekko behind bars, a casualty of his own hubris and shark-like appetites, but here he is, back on the New York streets he once owned, in 'Money Never Sleeps.' And to what end?"
The Social Network (2010)
The Romantics (2010)
The Town (2010)
"Rodriguez emphasizes style over substance, but the sheer audacity of his vision - the energy, the inventiveness, the extremes to which he's willing to take his gruesome sight gags - is his salvation."
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Piranha 3-D (2010)
"The violence is gory, gratuitous and convincingly staged, a credit to effects duo Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, whose carnage looks impressively (or nauseatingly) real, even if the boobs are not."
The Oxford Murders (2010)
The Expendables (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
"It is a movie fueled by the lunatic inspiration of the very best games and cartoons, awash with stylistic flourishes and exhilarating, animé-inspired skirmishes that reflect the director's passion for both."
Get Low (2010)
The Other Guys (2010)