"In any given year, it would stand as a lovingly crafted animated endeavor made up of equal parts creepiness and caring, mercifully spare in its use of potty humor and pop-culture references. In 2012, it ranks as one of the year's best."
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
The Campaign (2012)
Hope Springs (2012)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
"Kazan proves fascinatingly game in the dual roles of creator and creation, assessing with her screenplay the weaknesses that drive men to pursue an elusive romantic paradigm while crafting for herself a role of some considerable range."
Red Lights (2012)
"Filmed in Spain and Canada, Red Lights is limply staged and even more uninspiringly shot - everywhere looks like nowhere. The effect of all this is a total lack of emotional connection to these characters right from the start."
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
"If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I never would have thought it possible to make a fairy tale out of Hurricane Katrina, but that's exactly what first-time director Benh Zeitlin has done in Beasts of the Southern Wild."
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Music from the Big House (2012)
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
"A prominently placed poster touting Einstein's declaration that "imagination is more important than knowledge" is just about the only thing that passes for a ballsy move in a film fearful of both qualities."
To Rome with Love (2012)
People Like Us (2012)
"It's not that the vistas aren't gorgeous, that mishaps aren't funny or close calls aren't tense; they all are, [but] the relatively regressive zig-zag story tendencies at play dilute our emotional investment in these characters."
Darling Companion (2012)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The Raven (2012)
The Raid: Redemption (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
"A much-needed smack upside the head to anyone expecting a typical slasher flick, and a must-see for anyone who's ever wanted to smack any horror character for ever suggesting that everyone should split up."
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)
"Swinton doesn't say much; she doesn't have to. Her tear-stained eyes and anguished face carry all her emotions. In a career filled with so many terrific, subtle performances, this is clearly one of her best."
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
"McGregor brings quiet grace to an otherwise routine role of mid-life malaise; matching him for effortless charm is Blunt, who gets to bear the brunt of what passes for heavy lifting around these parts..."
The Hunger Games (2012)
A Separation (2011)
John Carter (2012)
"The same measured calculation that went into casting big actors for small roles to keep the attention on Harrelson goes into many choices throughout Rampart, and though the effect can be frustrating, it feels correct."
Act of Valor (2012)
This Means War (2012)
Man on a Ledge (2012)
The Iron Lady (2012)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
The Pill (2011)
The Muppets (2011)
War Horse (2011)
Into The Abyss (2011)
Like Crazy (2011)
The Skin I Live In (2011)
J. Edgar (2011)