BEST FILMS - WIDE RELEASE
1 - WALL-E
Charming, audacious, and timely, Wall-E's lighthearted magic and stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity.
2 - The Dark Knight
Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
3- Iron Man
Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.
4 - U2 3D
3D transports the viewer to an intimate seat at a U2 performance, for an exhilarating musical experience at the price of a movie ticket.
5 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.
6 - Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
7 - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.
8 – Bolt
Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
9 - Tropic Thunder
With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
10 - Ghost Town
Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.
BEST FILMS - LIMITED RELEASE
1 - Man On Wire
James Marsh's doc about artist Phililppe Petit's artful caper brings you every ounce of suspense that can be wrung from a man on a (suspended) wire.
2 - Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.
3 - The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.
4 - The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.
5 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Featuring gut-wrenching performances from Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu, 4 Months is a gripping portrayal of life in Communist Romania.
6 - Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.
7 - Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a fascinating, informative, entertaining and especially introspective account of the American 'enhancement' culture.
8 - Trouble the Water
This incredible documentary displays the tragedy and mismanagement of Katrina along with the heroism of strangers and survivors.
9 - Slumdog Millionaire
Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.
10 - My Winnipeg
My Winnipeg is a charmingly irreverent 'docu-fantasy' from the unpredictable mind of Guy Maddin.
1 - One Missed Call
One of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake sweepstakes, One Missed Call is undone by bland performances and shopworn shocks.
2 - Strange Wilderness
Strange Wilderness is a laugh-free comedy that's both aimless and overly crass.
3 - Deal
Employing multiple cinematic clichés and milking stale performances, Deal proves inadequate for even the lowly regarded poker movie genre.
4 - Witless Protection
Larry the Cable Guy continues his critical losing streak with this insipid, tasteless caper comedy.
5 - Disaster Movie
Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Friedberg and Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet.
6 - Meet the Spartans
A tired, unfunny, offensive waste of time, Meet the Spartans scrapes the bottom of the cinematic barrel.
7 - The Haunting of Molly Hartley
The Haunting of Molly Hartley is a rather lifeless horror endeavor, with a pedestrian plot and few scares.
8 - In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
9 - 88 Minutes
88 Minutes is a shockingly inept psychological thriller that expertly squanders the talent at hand.
10 - The Hottie & the Nottie
The Hottie and the Nottie is a crass, predictable, and ineptly staged gross-out comedy that serves little purpose beyond existing as another monument to Paris Hilton's vanity.