San Jose Mercury News
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
"Tears are shed for the lost, cheers are raised for the (often unexpectedly) brave and noble, and, in the movie's final moments, there is a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment rarely achieved in filmmaking."
Cars 2 (2011)
"[Pixar]t has set such a high bar with what it has done with animation and storytelling over its 25 years that when it falls short -- and it does fall short with Cars 2 -- the disappointment can make a perfectly good, entertaining movie seem like a letdown."
Jane Eyre (2011)
"True aficionados will doubtless wish the film etched every aspect of the Brontë experience but that's a quibble in light of the movie's intoxicating charms. It's impossible not to fall in love with this Jane."
How Do You Know (2010)
The King's Speech (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Knight & Day (2010)
"After so many bad romance movies, it's a treat to see genuine sparks fly between two major stars. That the budding relationship evolves over the course of bullets, die-hard assassins and chiseled torsos increases the pleasure."
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Robin Hood (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
"It may be, as Fowley says near the end of the film, that the Runaways "were a conceptual rock project that failed." But as a film about a certain time and place in rock history, The Runaways largely succeeds."
Green Zone (2010)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
Dear John (2010)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Youth in Revolt (2010)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
"Perhaps the best way to approach it -- at least for those who are not total Jackson fans -- is to view it as an often-fascinating document on how the sausage (or magic, if you will) is made for a mega-concert tour."
Bright Star (2009)
"Its worst offense is assuming the audience is so dumb that it'll be shocked by one of the most telegraphed endings in movie history. On second thought, maybe the filmmakers got their wish: Whiteout is shocking, shockingly bad."
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
"Writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman manage to morph the new actors into the general outlines of the original crew, but even as they slip into the old character molds, they immediately start to break out of them."
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
"Chadwick and Morgan have cooked up a potboiler, the sort of thing that might have been fun to watch with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the Boleyn sisters, while Charles Laughton lasciviously eyed the backs of their necks as Henry."
Vantage Point (2008)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
In Bruges (2008)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
The Great Debaters (2007)
The Kite Runner (2007)
"By the time it arrives at its final kite-flying scene back in the Bay Area, The Kite Runner has soared occasionally, but remains too grounded for its own good in the book from which it was supposed to spring."
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)