"The Blind Side"

An inspirational true sports story becomes a Sandra Bullock vehicle that's both shamelessly manipulative and disturbingly simplistic in its view of race relations. Grade: D


This drama about the human cost of the Middle East conflicts lays things on a little thick, but it's dead-on emotionally. Grade: B

"Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

A promising idea - Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker trying to rebuild their marriage in a foreign environment - quickly becomes a not-so-funny balance between the absurd and the cliched. Grade: C-

"Everybody's Fine"

This dysfunctional family saga delves into emotional separation, comforting lies and related guilt - experiences that some can get just fine from their own relatives. Grade: C

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Working in stop-motion animation, Wes Anderson makes a family-friendly film that's distinctly and beautifully his own, and likely to leave a smile on your face. Grade: A


Clint Eastwood's sports drama about Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) building South African pride through rugby is based in truth, but it lacks authenticity. Grade: C

"Me and Orson Welles"

Though this truth-inspired tale of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre has a treasure in actor Christian McKay, costar Zac Efron is clearly out of his league. Grade: B-

"Old Dogs"

If you snicker at jokes surrounding the excretory systems of humans and animals, then Robin Williams and John Travolta have got a movie for you. Grade: C-


Good intentions don't redeem Lee Daniels' blunt-trauma approach to the story of a horribly troubled teen, but Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique back him up with genuine performances. Grade: B-

"The Princess and the Frog"

Disney's first hand-drawn animated feature since 2004, a Frog Prince redo set in New Orleans with an African-American princess, is a beautiful, jazzy piece of work. Grade: B

"The Road"

Aussie director John Hillcoat (The Proposition) faced some unavoidable difficulties in bringing cinematic structure to the untethered prose of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel. But his gritty style is a perfect visual match for the material, and Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee dig firmly into their respective roles. Grade: B

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon"

You could open a liquor store with all the six-packs on display, but the second part of the Twilight saga is a really long, occasionally laughable night at the movies. Grade: C

"Up in the Air"

Whip-smart, funny and genuinely moving - it's the perfect movie for these unemployed times, but its theme of finding connection in isolation is timeless. Grade: A