"The Fincher version doesn't actively negate the presence of the earlier one - it doesn't have to - but its confidence and bravado are like a strong blast of sunlight with the ability to fade the memory of whatever came before."
"If the hoodied Cruise evokes a touch of Eminem-level moodiness in the posters, it's with good reason: Stopping a maniacal supervillain may be on the docket yet again, but this time around Ethan Hunt has gone emo."
Young Adult (2011)
"Young Adult offers intriguing points of view about a lot of subjects: The perils of nostalgia; the mythology of midlife crises; the value of community; and the futility of self-loathing come immediately to mind..."
New Year's Eve (2011)
"It uses its titular holiday as a ruthless star delivery system in which a menagerie of assembled celebs sprints through a collection of interconnected narrative threads that briskly accelerate from alleged comedy to syrupy sentimentality."
The Sitter (2011)
I Melt with You (2011)
"Although a stark performative moment here and a cold, sexy shot there slip through, all of the film's lesser ambitions are undone by its most risible one - to be serious, and thus be taken seriously."
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
"The movie's intricacy, and the way it finds its way into the emotional lives of its characters via (and not in spite of) that intricacy, is what makes it extraordinary. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy challenges audiences to believe in craftsmanship again."
Answers to Nothing (2011)
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
The Lady (2012)
The Artist (2011)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
"Probably the most fun you'll ever have watching a movie about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud duking it out - and nurturing a deep-rooted but fragile friendship - in early 20th century Austria and Switzerland."
The Muppets (2011)
"The love Segel has for the Muppets is a genuine, perceivable and positive quality that suffuses this good-hearted revitalization of the franchise, and if some wish fulfillment sneaks in there too, it seldom gets in the way of the enjoyment to be had."
Rid of Me (2011)
Happy Feet Two (2011)
"It's the most imaginative picture in the franchise, and I say that as a fan of the first picture, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, an irony-free adolescent romance that took the idea of teenage erotic fantasy seriously."
Another Happy Day (2011)
"It's unpleasant, shrill and exhausting - everyone's so busy airing their own grievances no one has time to listen to anyone else's - but it's a genuine actors' film anchored by some good performances..."
The Lie (2011)
"Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out."
"Céline Sciamma's film is titled Tomboy, but the gender issues it delves into are more complex than any supposedly unfeminine preferences for sports and pants-wearing and other associations that linger around that antiquated term."
The Descendants (2011)
"An ultra-polished picture in which every emotion we're supposed to feel has been cued up well in advance. There's nothing surprising or affecting about it. Not even Clooney, who works wonders with the occasional piece of dialogue, can save it."
London Boulevard (2011)
Jack and Jill (2011)
J. Edgar (2011)
Into The Abyss (2011)
Killing Bono (2011)
Tower Heist (2011)
The Son of No One (2011)
The Other F Word (2011)
The Rum Diary (2011)
"After years of watching Johnny Depp give performances from behind thick rings of pirate eyeliner or masks of outlandish Tim Burton makeup, it's a relief to see him, more and more often these days, acting with nothing but his real face."
The Double (2011)
Puss in Boots (2011)
"A legitimately entertaining prequel that encapsulates what the franchise does best: Breezy action, clever twists on classic figures from fables and grown-up gags tucked in amidst the kid-friendly developments."
In Time (2011)
"The movie doesn't punish its characters for being young and beautiful. Instead it revels in the sight of them, and that's just one of the ways Niccol makes sure that his movie, despite its blunt message, never succumbs to preachiness."
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Margin Call (2011)