Shadows on the Wall
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
"Renowned architect Norman Foster has created some of the world's most iconic buildings, and this documentary explores the ideas that link them. Although it only barely scratches the surface of his talent and skill."
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
"Fans will love this energetic documentary tracing more than two decades of the infamous grunge band. But while the film is packed with terrific footage, it's too worshipful for non-fans to take seriously."
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Tonight You're Mine (2012)
Page Eight (2011)
The Art of Getting By (2011)
Kill List (2012)
"Wheatley follows up his terrific debut Down Terrace with another genre-bending film that continually catches us off guard. This time we're watching a freak-out horror movie wrapped in a thoughtful exploration of the tides of relationships."
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
The Help (2011)
"A strongly issue-based story gives a terrific cast plenty to play with in this hugely engaging drama about the American South in the 1960s. And while the film kind of skims the surface, it's a story that still needs to be told."
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)
The Bang Bang Club (2011)
The Change-Up (2011)
"The director of Wedding Crashers and writers of The Hangover get together for a body-swap comedy that's as vulgar as you'd expect. But it also dips oddly into moralising slush, which kind of undermines any expected laugh fest."
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
"A strong cast makes the most of an insightful, jaggedly hilarious script. And it also helps that the actors and directors cleverly depict real-life situations in ways that are both witty and emotionally engaging."
Midnight in Paris (2011)
"After a run of loose, uneven films, Allen hits the right notes in this funny, astute comedy about artistic creation and personal dreams. And Wilson turns out to be one of the best on-screen Allen surrogates in years."
The Devil's Double (2011)
"Anchored by a fierce double performance from Dominic Cooper, this true story is so intensely violent that it's not easy to watch. But it's an extremely well-made film, and the tight point of view makes it both riveting and urgent."
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
The Interrupters (2011)
"This gripping and very long documentary traces a year in the life of a Chicago neighbourhood that's plagued by youth violence. And by focussing on charity workers working to interrupt the cycle, the film finds some real hope."
"Director Johnston once again channels Steven Spielberg, this time for a raucously entertaining Indiana Jones-style adventure. With the energetic punch of a vintage serial, it actually leaves us wanting more."
The Violent Kind (2010)
"The fact that filmmakers Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores call themselves the Butcher Brothers tells you what to expect from this film. But as the plot twists and turns, we never have a clue where it's going."
Cars 2 (2011)
Treacle Jr. (2010)
Break My Fall (2011)
A Separation (2011)
Shut Up Little Man! (2011)
"Documenting both an outrageously funny-tragic story and a surprising pop-culture phenomenon, this film not only has a hugely entertaining narrative, but it also astutely explores issues of voyeurism and exploitation."
Larry Crowne (2011)
"Writer-director Gunn gleefully subverts genre expectations with this superhero movie that goes way against the grain. And what makes it worth seeing is the fact that every scene is grounded in reality."
The Conspirator (2011)
Oliver Sherman (2010)
"With quiet intensity, this contained drama feels like a stage play with its intimate approach and limited cast and settings. It also has a strong thematic kick that's both emotional and political, without ever being preachy."
Project Nim (2011)
The Tree of Life (2011)
"Malick takes a bold, intensely personal approach to this big story about life, the universe and everything. With echoes of Kubrick and Lynch, but in true Malick style, it's the kind of film we need to let wash over us rather than try to make sense of."
Love's Kitchen (2011)
Meet Monica Velour (2011)
"There's a scruffy, honest charm to this film that keeps us involved, even though the rough edges are ultimately worn down by what seems like an over-developed script. But a strong central performance wins us over."
A Better Life (2011)
"Strikingly well-assembled, this straightforward doc chronicles the chess champ's life using first-hand reminiscences and a wealth of historical footage. It's surprising, involving and ultimately very moving."
The Beaver (2011)
"While there are too many carefully constructed moments in this film, it's a remarkably effective mixture of dark drama and absurd comedy. This is surprising because the premise is more than a little ridiculous."
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Bad Teacher (2011)