Shadows on the Wall
Food, Inc. (2009)
The Wolfman (2010)
"This B-movie made on an epic budget is so over-the-top that the earlier you start giggling the better. Even though it's played dead straight, it's an old-style monster romp that couldn't be any more camp if it tried."
Beyond the Pole (2009)
Valentine's Day (2010)
Battle For Terra (2009)
Malice in Wonderland (2010)
Oil City Confidential (2009)
Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
"Gorgeous imagery and an energetic story make this one of Disney's most enjoyable animated features. And the fact that the studio has returned to an eye-catching hand-drawn style is very good news for an industry that's in a visual rut."
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
"This remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 drama is an equally powerful story of family tensions and how violence affects more than just the victim. But the original Danish film's strained melodrama translates here as well."
The Boys Are Back (2009)
A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)
"Less raucous than CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES, this new adventure for the suave but bigoted French super-agent is still extremely good fun, with its amusing script, hilarious characters and astonishingly detailed production design."
"This intense documentary tells a hugely important story that's packed with compelling characters and situations. Although a repetitive structure and a sense of agonising futility conspire to undermine the vital lessons it has to teach us."
The Book of Eli (2010)
"Although it feels like a parallel story taking place at the same time as THE ROAD, this post-apocalyptic thriller has the opposite effect, actually getting less complex and interesting as it goes along. At least it starts out well."
All About Steve (2009)
44 Inch Chest (2010)
"With its limited setting, contained cast and existential plot, this feels more like a play than a film. So while it's well-acted by a first-rate cast, it also feels somewhat indulgent and oddly unsatisfying."
Treeless Mountain (2009)
"Gentle and observational, this slice-of-life from Korea has only the thinnest frame of a plot as it follows two young girls on a dramatic journey. But it's so vague that audiences will find it hard to latch onto."
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
"Anchored by a ripping central performance from Serkis, this biopic about notorious musician Ian Dury is too stylish for its own good. Director Whitecross shows ambition and audacity, but his riotous visual style is distracting."
Mugabe and the White African (2010)
"Shot more like a thriller, this powerful documentary follows a white Zimbabwean family as they take on one of the most ruthless dictators in human history. It's both riveting and wrenching, and needs to be seen as far and wide as possible."
Fireball (Muay Thai Dunk) (2009)
"While the title refers to a rather outrageous game that mixes kickboxing with basketball, this is actually a routine gangland thriller. And it's directed in a style that prevents us from understanding the action or caring about the characters."
It Might Get Loud (2009)
"Watching this film, we are utterly gripped as we hear the stories of three rock guitar legends and then see them interacting with each other. Yet while there's never a dull moment, the film still feels a bit random."
Post Grad (2009)
"A corny script and lifeless direction undermine what could have been a potentially enjoyable coming-of-age film about a young woman who thinks she has her life sorted out. Despite the talented cast, the film can only barely generate a smile."
Dogging: A Love Story (2009)
"For a film about people who have sex in public places, this film is strangely sweet and shy about sex. Also in fine British tradition, it plays the romantic plotlines like a charmingly awkward farce."
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
"Raucous, rough energy infuses this film from start to finish, carrying us along even when the slightly over-egged script starts to feel somewhat slender. And it's the terrific chemistry between Downey and Law that makes the film worth seeing."
It's Complicated (2009)
"There's something enjoyable about silly romantic comedies that centre on middle-aged people for a change, especially when the characters are as well-cast as these. And even if the film is both over-long and rather pointless."
The Queen of Spades (1949)
Nowhere Boy (2010)
"This beautifully written and directed biopic has a strong ring of truth to it, mainly due to Taylor-Wood's artistic approach to filmmaking. It also features extremely complex characters and a remarkably vivid collection of events."
"Shot in a disarmingly improvised style, it's not clear whether this is a dramatic comedy or a very funny drama. Whatever it is, it boldly faces one of the biggest taboos of American society: male intimacy."
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"Jonze's inventive approach to Maurice Sendak's classic children's book continually confounds our expectations with an approach that's so offhanded and fresh that it might feel awkward or strange. But it's a real grower."
Unmade Beds (2009)
"Shot and edited with real skill, this warmly involving film sharply catches the perspective of two young immigrants with very personal journeys. But the script feels too tidy for the loose, relaxed filmmaking style."
The Limits of Control (2009)
"While it's probably too meandering and vague for mainstream cinemagoers, this offbeat thriller is a terrific example of Jarmusch's subtly cheeky tone, plus gorgeous Christopher Doyle cinematography and a terrific cast."
"Well-made but not particularly inventive, this post-apocalyptic thriller is like a college road movie crossed with Mad Max. The cast is much better than this thin script deserves, but the film does generate some great jolts."
The Blind Side (2009)
Planet 51 (2009)
The Merry Gentleman (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)