Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)
Public Enemies (2009)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
The Class (2008)
Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)
Everybody's Fine (2009)
"Sheridan's stellar past work informs and uplifts Brothers and brings out some of the best performances of the year; in the case of Tobey Maguire as the soldier and Natalie Portman as his wife, these are the best performances of their careers."
The Damned United (2009)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
"By throwing both paranormal rumors and sadly true events at the wall, the writer and director make the whole production feel like a messy experiment -- but one that, nonetheless, is a lot of fun to partake in."
An Education (2009)
Broken Hill (2009)
Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)
"It's puzzling that a paean to Gertrude Berg's Jewish New York housewife, Mrs. Goldberg -- a character so beloved and enduring that she could serve as a travel guide through early-to-mid-20th-century history -- could fall so flat."
A Serious Man (2009)
"Joel and Ethan Coen have the ability to sit their audience down in front of a black screen and make them feel comfortable with two very important factors: 1) They will not understand everything that's going on, and 2) they won't care."
Good Hair (2009)
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
"It's hard to argue with Goldthwait's assertion that society's search for spokesmen leads to false prophets, but it feels like an observation well-made many times over in the '90s, at the height of anti-celebrity culture."
More Than a Game (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Whip It (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
"Unencumbered by such petty nuisances as a point, a vision or even an ounce of social commentary, Ruben Fleischerâ(TM)s transparently hollow zombie flick still succeeds at passing the time, even if a good 15 of its 81 minutes are pure filler."
The Invention of Lying (2009)
The September Issue (2009)
It Might Get Loud (2009)
Bright Star (2009)
The Informant! (2009)
O' Horten (2007)
"This low-budget art film about two straight men who drunkenly decide to shoot a porno together in the style of a low-budget art film is actually kind of touching, if you can get past the inherent credibility gap."
"Six American mothers, united in grief over the loss of a child, travel to Africa to find their way. That's the concept behind Motherland, a documentary that follows the women's emotional journey toward some kind of solace."
Taking Woodstock (2009)
"[It] takes advantage of yet another anniversary celebration of the three-day music festival, but Lee only uses the milestone for surface draw. Otherwise, this aimless, pointless, emotionless and self-aggrandizing debacle would have no reason to exist."
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
District 9 (2009)
"The standard action plot demotes District 9 from a potential game-changer to simply a very good film. And considering the painful summer movie season we've endured thus far, you can't ask for much more than that."
Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009)
"Bliss is wonderful storytelling through and through. From the lyrical opening shot of a mountain's reflection piercing the sea to the closing portrait of open air, director Oguz's narrative is just as crystalline as the Aegean Sea he opulently photographs"
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)