The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009)
Fish Tank (2010)
"I'm just having trouble comprehending the fuss being made in other quarters, because this film is awfully familiar-basically just a contemporary gloss on the classic British kitchen sink/angry young (wo)man drama."
"Youth Without Youth may have been messier and more risible (though the climactic twist here is pretty damn dumb), but I'll take its dazzingly surreal middle third over this film's endless declamatory hooey."
The Thorn in the Heart (2010)
"The title raises expectations of angst a-plenty, but the tone throughout is one of warm regard; you could make a documentary about some random octogenarian plucked off the street and have a good shot at stumbling onto a more eventful and interesting life."
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Bright Star (2009)
"Under the violin swells of Mychael Danna's enveloping score, Egoyan weaves the personal, the political, and the technological into an immense yet intimate comment on our troubled times. In doing so, he stumbles back into relevance again."
L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)
"Summer Hours drags in the middle, but its final scene is almost overpoweringly tender and beautiful, offering a hopeful rejoinder to all the prior scenes of family members shedding their shared legacy."
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Next Day Air (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
"It provides just enough information to invite further study without going into much detail. It's an intriguing film about what goes on beneath the surface of the objects we take for granted, but one that never digs as deep as it should."
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
"Bernal gives his flashy would-be pop star a daft, wide-eyed innocence and it's great to see Bernal and Luna together again, but Cuarón nearly ruins a wonderful comedy by turning it into a much less distinguished drama."
La Ventana (The Window) (2008)
Little Ashes (2009)
The Limits of Control (2009)
Sin Nombre (2009)
The Soloist (2009)
Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)
"Over the course of this sprawling mosaic about the world's most fearsome Mafia organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, [director] Garrone makes the business look like a beast of many tentacles, spreading misery and death to everyone it touches."
The Merry Gentleman (2009)
"Chief among the disappointments of the new romantic comedy Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past is that McConaughey plays an upscale version of his Dazed And Confused character, yet that creepy edge has been filed off again."
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
Battle For Terra (2009)
Il Divo (2009)
"Sorrentino's directorial flourishes are at least partly to blame for the lack of clarity; his ornate setpieces are frequently dazzling, but as they pile up over two hours, they wind up distracting as often as they illuminate."
Treeless Mountain (2009)
The Informers (2009)
"The Informers should be more aware of its own unsavoryness, and revel in it a little. As it is, the movie is far too weighty, as though it were honestly trying to convey some kind of cautionary message."
"Though its rough-around-the-edges style occasionally veers into outright sloppiness, the film is an antidote to slick studio product like 2008's MMA advertisement Never Back Down, and it infuses even its clichés with the poetry of the everyday."
Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)
Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)
Is Anybody There? (2009)
Every Little Step (2009)
"It's a huge improvement over the Attenborough film; given the film's non-fiction roots, it seems poetically apt that a documentary take is much more satisfying and engaging than the Hollywood treatment."
American Violet (2009)
17 Again (2009)