THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES

As good as any of the Best Picture nominees, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
may be the best movie of 2009. Brilliatnly acted and directed. Part
crime drama, part love story, it all works and completely engages the
audience. And i dare anyone to admit they saw the twist coming. It's
too well done to tip its hand like that. The Academy got it right
when it named this Best Foreign Film. — Alan Yudman

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

The original Swedish title of this grim murder mystery is Men Who Hate
Women. They weren't kidding! Rape, savage beatings, strangulations,
asphyxiations, and videotaped perversion — not to mention anti-
Semitic Nazi serial killings… THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is
well-done, if long and bleak, with a large cast of characters who may
leave you a bit confused at first. However will this story be adapted
for the upcoming American remake? — Jeff Schultz

THE LOSERS

Bullets, bombs & a bazooka! Anyone expecting anything more is among
THE LOSERS who didn't like this movie. It was everything I expected
after seeing the trailer. Sure there are plot holes you could fly a
Huey through, but who cares? Morgan channels his inner Holden and the
rest of The Losers are great. Jason Patric is a wonderful villain.
Don't expect the depth of Dark Knight or Iron Man. A good romp. —
Alan Yudman

OCEANS

I don't know how much Disney paid these sea creatures for their
cooperation, but the performances! Scene after scene of jaw-dropping,
how'd-they-do-that camerawork, with the animals patiently waiting for
their close-up or tracking shot or cue to do something dazzling. It's
shamelessly anthropomorphic, but the eco-threat message is lightly
handled and there's mercifully little predator-gobbles-prey carnage.
OCEANS leaves you wanting more. — Jeff Schultz

THE LOSERS

Forgettable fun with acting that doesn't quite rise to the outsize
requirements. Save one performance: where the heck has Jason Patrick
been all these years? His “Mr. Big”-style villain crackles with
malice, so it's good he'll be around for THE LOSERS 2 (?). That said,
an unrecognizable Chris Evans is likable and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
nicely channels Jean Reno. Good pyrotechnics, too. — Jeff Schultz

DATE NIGHT

If you take a DATE to this unfunny comedy, expect her to call it an
early NIGHT. How can they take two talented people like Fey & Carell
and put them in this stinker. There are maybe six laughs in the whole
thing. What a waste of time and money. Filled with boring cliches.
Two hours of my life I will never get back. — Alan Yudman

DEATH AT A FUNERAL

James Marsden and Martin Lawrence are the only sparks of life in this
flatliner. Intriguing as it may have sounded, Neil LaBute was the
wrong choice to direct given his inability to get good performances
out of a killer cast. The comic timing is all wrong, punchlines are
misdelivered, and it even gets sappy although this is the last kind of
movie that calls for that. DEATH AT A FUNERAL? More like death in the
theater! — Jeff Schultz

KICK-ASS

It takes a long time to get going, the pacing is sluggish, and it goes
on forever. The lead is weak and Nicolas Cage is in his annoyingly
affected mode. One of the movie's principal running gags is an 11-
year-old girl who says “fuck” and “cunt” and kills people, which is
unfunny, forced, and really kind of desperate. And it could have used
a lot more Clark Duke (and, as mentioned, a lot less Aaron Johnson). I
expected this to be a KICK; instead it was a pain in the ASS. — Jeff
Schultz

KICK-ASS

Ultra-violent & ultra funny. This is a movie that lives up to its
name. KICK-ASS kicks ass! There isn't a false note. It all works,
even the touchy-feely moments add to the story because they are
punctuated with laughs & bullets. Summer movie season starts right now
& all that follow be prepared, because KICK-ASS has set the bar ultra
high! In my enthusiasm I forgot to mention Chloe Moretz. All the
acting is good, but her’s is a break-out performance. — Alan Yudman

SURROGATES

It's Avatar under the Wild Palms, although nowhere near as clever as
the latter and of course not as ravishing as the former. The premise
of SURROGATES is enough to keep you entertained yet at the same time
wishing it didn't seem patched together from so many other creepy-
world-of-the-future movies. Willis does what's necessary, but who ever
decided Radha Mitchell deserved a career? — Jeff Schultz