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Cameron returns triumphantly with bold 'Avatar'

It's been 12 years since James Cameron proved he was more than just the master of action, as the writer/director famous for Aliens and the first two Terminator films won dozens of awards, and millions of hearts, with Titanic.

Disney magic alive in jazzy fairy tale

What's wonderful about this film is that there's nothing particularly ground-breaking here - it's meant to be captured in the same simple style that brought Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bernard and Bianca to life. It doesn't only capture the beauty of the animation, but the adventurous, fun spirit audiences expect from Disney films.

Coens win again with 'A Serious Man'

Put simply, A Serious Man is vintage Coen brothers, and an excellent film at that.

'Everybody's' not so fine

Part of me's always glad to see a protagonist named Frank.

'Ninja Assassin' belongs in the shadows

Ninjas aren't supposed to be seen, and the same should apply to Ninja Assassin.

'Old Dogs' need to learn better tricks

This movie is painfully unfunny. The story and plot set-ups are as generic as possible, and so are the "jokes" that they create.

'Twilight Saga' gets more ridiculous with 'New Moon'

The explosion of a franchise is always interesting to watch, as books or comic book adaptations become more than just films and turn into a cultural phenomenon. The Twilight series, in terms of quality, has no place among these franchises.

'2012' nothing but morbid eye-candy

Roland Emmerich's 2012 warns us the end is near, but for this 158-minute disaster epic, the end can't come soon enough.

'Christmas Carol' humbug

3D gimmickry ruins Dickens' Carol

Diaz, Marsden bore in Kelly's dull 'Box'

The premise of The Box: What if you are presented with a box that has a button on top that, when pushed, will do two things: cause a person you don't know to die and give you $1,000,000 in cash. Great premise, but The Box has a very basic flaw: it's excruciatingly boring.

'Men Who Stare at Goats' fast-paced fun

Truth is stranger than fiction, and The Men Who Stare at Goats is no exception, mixing a nearly unbelievable dose of fact with crafty fiction for a delightfully fun and fast-paced comedy.

'This Is It' is what it is

The newly released concert film, This Is It, displays Michael Jackson's outstanding showmanship just so. It doesn't delve into his troubled persona, rather presenting him as seen on stage - a perspective from which it's vividly clear that Jackson's reputation as a brilliant entertainer is duly deserved.

'Paranormal Activity' creepy, but not so scary

Put "low budget" and "horror movie" together, chances are you'll have a laugh, maybe an "Ewww," and most certainly an "Oh, come on." Paranormal Activity has all of the above, but is an ambitious step toward breaking that mold, proving that decent writing is far more effective than buckets of gore, computer-generated monsters and Sorority Row.

'Law Abiding Citizen' disappoints

There's a lot I wanted to like in Law Abiding Citizen, a well-made film with several excellent scenes, but the film's just too flip-floppy. It's a film with two personalities - one is a daring tale of blurred morality, the other a dead-fish action film full of cliches and by-the-books "suspense."

'Wild Things' delights

First, a warning: this is not a children's movie.

Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, a 101-minute adaptation of Maurice Sendek's 1963 classic, is simply a film told from the viewpoint of a very confused child. Much like Elliott from E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Wild Things' Max has probably seen more of his fair share of sadness and rejection in life - he's lonely, and he's got some anger in him, too.

Retreat from 'Couples Retreat'

So-called rom-com possibly worst of 2009

If you haven't long to live, see Couples Retreat. It makes 107 minutes seem like an eternity.
But the atrocious new romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor a comedy managed to date-night its way to No. 1 at this weekend's box office, toppling Zombieland, which, for a film about flesh-eating undead monsters, has considerably more life.

'The Invention of Lying' truly funny

Whenever stuck in the conversational doldrums, I'll bait someone to say something like, "I want the truth," so I can indulge myself in repeating one of Jack Nicholson's most memorable lines, "You can't handle the truth!"

General results are frustration, amusement and scorn. But the quotation is not without philosophical merit, questioning how people handle truth and, more specifically, if they even wish to do so.

The brilliant new comedy The Invention of Lying tackles this question and others, delivering a fresh concept with expert timing for one of the most original - and funny - films of the year.


'Zombieland' a fun ride

Zombieland is a breath of fresh air in the genre, an entertaining adventure comedy with thrills and big laughs. It helped that it doesn't play like a zombie film, which usually deals with groups of healthy humans trying to save civilization from the man-eating monsters.

'Surrogates' high on concept, low on substance

A somewhat consistent theme in most Bruce Willis movies is that our hero wakes up with a hangover, headache or both. The sci-fi thriller Surrogates follows this formula and a handful of cliched others, sacrificing depth for flash, and in less than 90 minutes.

Scares flow in 'Pandorum'

Space has always been a great setting for horror films, mainly because we know so little about it. Anything is plausible when people leave earth because we can't logic our way out of it - we know that shooting Michael Myers in the head would kill him, but we don't know that there aren't unimaginable horrors waiting for us somewhere in the stars.
Pandorum plays on these ideas, but it's so much more than just another horror set aboard a dark and dreary spaceship. It starts with two confused characters that have no clue as to what is going on and slowly reveals the truth - keeping the viewer out of the loop until the characters find out. It flows perfectly, looks great and is downright scary throughout - horror films this good are few and far between.

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