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Review: The Book of Eli

The Hughes Brothers craft a compellingly abrasive tone of moral manipulation to embellish the traditional post-apocalyptic tale. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B-)
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Review: Avatar

Despite teeming with fantastical sights and sounds, "Avatar" remains a leaden viewing experience. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

While promising in spurts, "New Moon" is a stilted drag when concentrating on the love triangle. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Fourth Kind

"The Fourth Kind" will likely tire audiences before it has a chance to swindle them. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: The Box

Director Richard Kelly gets overly ambitious, making "The Box" feel like amateurish stalling. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Zombieland

Bloody, quippy, and full of jaw-cracking action "Zombieland" is horror-comedy done proper. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Surrogates

Well-executed special effects, coupled with underwhelming plots and misguided performances, makes "Surrogates" an interesting failure. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: 9

"9" is stuck between astounding visual accomplishment and storytelling inertia. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

"The Time Travelerís Wife" is a beautifully crafted mood piece placed in the center of an engrossing love story. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: District 9

Despite astounding visual reach, "District 9" is riddled with inconsistencies and a confusing point of view. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B-)
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Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

"G.I. Joe" is the latest bloated float in director Stephen Sommersís sad parade of cinematic shame. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Aliens in the Attic

"Aliens in the Attic" combines physical comedy and CG-enhanced shenanigans to make routine, flavorless pap. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The restraint Michael Bay showed with the original "Transformers" is replaced by excess and idiocy. (Grade: D)
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Review: Land of the Lost

Surprisingly, Sleestaks and Will Ferrell do not result in comic gold. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: Race to Witch Mountain

"Race to Witch Mountain is a a vibrant diversion, but lacks heart. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B-)
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Review: Watchmen

"Watchmen" may speak to fans of the original story, but the the film's execution is muddy and jarring for newcomers. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Push
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"Push" is a ruthlessly tedious film peppered with confused performances. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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Review: Twilight

Alternating between embarrassingly overindulgent and outright boring "Twilight" is a poorly contained unintentional joke. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The latest installment in "The Mummy" franchise features mindless action and insipid screenwriting. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

"The X-Files: I Want to Believe" offers faithful fans a rewarding odyssey. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: WALL-E

Pixar's latest is a misguided, preach-fest that suffers from storytelling lethargy. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Wanted

"Wanted" is an uneven, but rewarding rocket-powered ride of escapism. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: The Happening

Despite a blood-spurting, skin-crawling first act, "The Happening" slowly, painfully deflates. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Incredible Hulk

Despite disappointing special effects and lack of characterization, "Hulk" is a a persuasive, fist-pumping sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Iron Man

"Iron Man" is a high-quality effective entry in the superhero genre. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Iron Man

Iron Man is a super hero movie. Review by Connie Wang. (Grade: A+)
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Review: Doomsday

Writer/director Neil Marshall offers up a mess of lousy filmmaking and artistic bankruptcy. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Jumper

Director Doug Liman chooses rapid sci-fi action over plot development, and the gamble works. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Cloverfield

Desperate storytelling and empty thrills combine in this much-hyped thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

A joyless, moronic sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: F)
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Review: I Am Legend

An introspective study on isolation-until the unimpressive special effects ruin EVERYTHING! Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C+)
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Review: The Invasion

This film's behind-the-scenes director switch leads to a jarring shift of pace. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Next

"Next" is an idiotic thriller, but its earnest desire to entertain is endearing. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Premonition

Fate and time and all that other mind-bendy stuff get mushed up in this confusing thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Deja Vu

Stuck between a thriller and a sci-fi film, "Deja Vu" never comes together. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: The Covenant

Invented mythologies and camera-friendly actors can't mask the obvious: this is a horrible movie. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: A Scanner Darkly

Rotoscoping blends well with this hallucinogenic tale, but untethered acting sends the core story into a tailspin. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Superman Returns

With the majestic "Superman Returns," director Bryan Singer has crafted one of the best films of the year. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

"Last Stand" works as an action flick, but hardcore "X-Men" fans might be disappointed. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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