Cedar Rapids (2011)

You’ll struggle to find a more insubstantial film than Cedar Rapids this year, a well cast but weakly stitched together comedy that encourages yawning over laughter. With talented comedic actors like Ed Helms and John C. Reilly onboard a…

Water for Elephants (2011)

Based on a novel of the same name by Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants is a majestically mounted period picture. Set in a superlatively depicted depression era Circus, the film aspires to operate as a swooning romance, but genuinely finds…

Thor (2011)

Thor feels more like an obligation than a work of passion, a blockbuster fashioned to help support Marvel’s forthcoming Avengers flick, as opposed to enthralling on its own terms. Overseen by Kenneth Branagh, Thor is a watchable romp that…

Red Riding Hood (2011)

After her impromptu expulsion from the Twilight series, director Catherine Hardwicke hasn’t strayed too far thematically with her follow-up Red Riding Hood. A peculiar retelling of the famous fairytale, Red Riding Hood has a few notable…

Source Code (2011)

After the surprise success of his meditative sci-fi winner Moon two years ago, it was tough to deduce where Duncan Jones would next apply his directorial skills. With his follow-up Source Code , Jones has opted to stay true to his original…

Hall Pass (2011)

1998 was a long time ago. This is the key fact that Hall Pass reinforces, the Farrelly Brothers once again failing to live up to the promise of their earlier work. Hall Pass is actually a more ambitious gambit from an emotional standpoint…

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a case of an unremarkable screenplay being elevated by fantastic performances. Chronicling the early life of Massachusetts born boxing hero Micky Ward and that of his troubled older brother Dicky Eklund, The Fighter is truly…

The Dilemma (2011)

Seriously, when was the last time you laughed at Vince Vaughn? Probably somewhere around 2006 I’d imagine. The cherubic comic hasn’t exactly been on storming form during the last few years, his CV having become peppered with ghastly outings…

The Green Hornet (2011)

A slick and agreeably goofy origin story, The Green Hornet definitely marks an above average start for the blockbusting calendar of 2011. Directed by critic darling Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and with a script…

Black Swan (2010)

Following up his 2008 winner The Wrestler was never going to be easy, but with the formidable Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky may even have bettered it. A psychological thriller set against a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”,…