Julie & Julia (2009)
"I suppose it's telling that the only time in Julie & Julia that I heartily chuckled was during an archived clip of Dan Aykroyd impersonating Child on Saturday Night Live. Now there was entertainment with some life to it."
The Cove (2009)
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"The film itself is a harmless tale and the performances all around are mostly winning, with the exception of Deschanel, whose expression never changes throughout all the twists and turns of the romance."
Funny People (2009)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)
Okuribito (Departures) (2009)
"There is nothing so sparkling to this film at first glance. It's a film about man's mortality and how he handles it, but death is not cleverly hidden inside a bigger story. It's a wake-up slap in the face about the gritty part of dying: the bodies."
Whatever Works (2009)
Away We Go (2009)
Year One (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Easy Virtue (2009)
"Biel still appears uncomfortable. She would do well to get more experience under her belt before reaching for a corset. If she caught any break, it's that Easy Virtue only pretends to be upscale cinema."
"This is a portrait of how modern politics is still getting it wrong when it comes to gay rights, made worse by the fact that many of the puppet masters behind anti-gay legislation are homosexual themselves."
The Limits of Control (2009)
The Hangover (2009)
"As if it wasn't bad enough to be stuck in Las Vegas with these middle-aged misanthropes, The Hangover does the inconceivable disservice of robbing the audience of that elusive sweet spot of GCA usefulness: the drunken escapade."
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
"This is no mock-doc joke. Director Sacha Gervasi deftly introduces us to irrepressible frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and his ever-suffering lifelong sidekick Robb Reiner (seriously), who were and remain fine musicians but simply never quite caught on."
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
"Many will point to the delirious preciosity of Wes Anderson's work as a reference point. I would suggest that even Anderson's recent work could use an injection of [Rian] Johnson's celluloid rapture."
"Even the out-of-place moments and blunt conceits can be forgiven, as they perform dutifully in service to the kind of thrilling movie adventures we regular folks can only dream of, but which the wizards at Pixar perform with ease."
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Sin Nombre (2009)
"[Director Fukunaga] spends as little time dwelling on the whole as possible, instead opting for a classic road-trip story of the parts: the people who are emigrating and the gang members trying to kill one of them."
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Battle For Terra (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)
"Director Christophe Barratier has not crafted a film for the ages here, but it's a workable, fun piece about family and friendship, full of wonderful songs and musical numbers performed on the Chansonia stage."
The Informers (2009)
The Soloist (2009)
"You could learn more about the story of mentally ill musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers in a 12-minute segment of a March 60 Minutes broadcast than in the 109 minutes of The Soloist. But what a wonderful 109 minutes they are."
State of Play (2009)
Play The Game (2009)
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
I Love You, Man (2009)
Ashes of Time Redux (2008)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Friday the 13th (2009)
The End of America (2008)
The International (2009)
"The International impressively uses architecture as tone sculpture, primarily setting its action in the clean affluence of polished steel, clear glass and poured concrete modernism. Rarely does a thriller convey such an effortless stench of untouchability"
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Last Chance Harvey (2009)
The Wrestler (2008)