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Salt

"Salt" is a hooey-filled popcorn adventure that's got one incredible asset: the magnetism of Angelina Jolie. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B-)
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Inception

"Inception" is a stunning feature of impossible technical virtuosity, but at times it's got the emotional resonance of a college lecture. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Predators

"Predators" is a wildly entertaining picture that reinvigorates the franchise and erases the bad taste from previous installments. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Knight and Day

Tom Cruise turns in a spirited effort, but this romantic caper doesn't do much in the adventure department. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Shutter Island

Director Martin Scorsese works with his typical widescreen gusto, only to end up with a flaccid central mystery barely worth the exertion. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C+)
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Review: Legion

"Legion" is astronomically tiresome and teems with idiotic dialogue bluntly performed by a limited cast. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: The Lovely Bones

Director Peter Jackson condenses a frightful story of loss into something between a Hitchcockian thriller and an Enya music video. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Sherlock Holmes

This reworked version of Sherlock Holmes goes far beyond pipe sucking and deerstalker hats. 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: 2012

"2012" is disturbingly repetitive, obnoxiously noisy, and almost pornographic in length. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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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: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire�s Assistant

Director Paul Weitz offers up a joyless, verbose picture. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Law Abiding Citizen

Despite thought-provoking material, "Law Abiding Citizen" is morphed into a contrived thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C+)
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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: Paranormal Activity

"Paranormal Activity" has few effective sequences, making all the heavy breathing and weeping a chore to endure. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Public Enemies

Director Michael Mann misses with "Public Enemies," losing himself in deafening filmmaking. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Skip this wasted effort from ineffectual filmmaker Tony Scott. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: The International

"The International" is more concerned with protracted conversation than thrilling suspense. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C+)
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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: Lakeview Terrace

Promising performances are wasted on a mediocre suburban thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Street Kings

"Street Kings" offers a compelling look at police corruption. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: The Ruins

"The Ruins" is a skin-crawlingly diabolical nightmare machine. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Flawless

"Flawless" proves to be an entertaining heist film. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Funny Games

Director Michael Haneke's fruitless remake is a complicated exercise in shock value. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Vantage Point

A serviceable, but absurd, thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Eye

A poorly cast, sluggish thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: Untraceable

Diane Lane can't save this forgettable thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: No Country for Old Men

Visual mastery and thrilling incarnations of evil drive the latest Coen brothers film. 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: Cassandra's Dream

A suspenseful psychological thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

A joyless, moronic sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: F)
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Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tim Burton's adaptation is a blood-spurting, brave embellishment. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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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: Awake

A potentially disturbing premise is undermined by ghastly performances and a moronic plot. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Sleuth

Impeccable acting and strong direction make for an effective update. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Rendition

This political drama preaches the obvious and is a complete bore. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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Review: Michael Clayton

George Clooney gives a complex performance as the morally ambiguous lawyer at the center of this compelling thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Mr. Brooks

This idiosyncratic thriller aims to disturb rather than delight -- and it succeeds. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Fracture

Anthony Hopkins vs. Ryan Gosling isn't a fair fight. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Vacancy

Intelligent characters and excellent direction elevate this horror thriller. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Disturbia

"Disturbia" fancies itself a thriller, but tonal shifts and a cheap suspense spoil the mood. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Perfect Stranger

Halle Berry's turn as a hardened journalist is almost as bewildering as this thriller's finale. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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Review: Grindhouse

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez let their fan-boy flags fly in this roaring homage to B-films. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: The Lookout

Director Scott Frank's intricate character development enhances this thriller's payoff. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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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: Hannibal Rising

It's official: Hannibal has been bled dry. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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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 Prestige

A dark and dirty battle between magicians plays to director Christopher Nolan's storytelling strengths. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: The Grudge 2

This overt money-grab does little more than crib from the original "Grudge." Review by Brian Orndorf (Grade: D-)
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Review: The Departed

Martin Scorsese makes a triumphant return to the crime genre in one of the best films of the year. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: The Black Dahlia

"Black Dahlia" is a gorgeous noir, but this adaptation's final scenes are weighed down by immense exposition. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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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: The Quiet

"The Quiet" certainly isn't a good film, but where else can you find a menagerie of cheerleaders, revenge and incest? Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: The Wicker Man

This film's saving grace is its unintentionally funny third act. Beyond that, it's yet another unnecessary remake. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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Review: Snakes on a Plane

Web celebrity and a wacky title can't mask this film's deep flaws. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: Miami Vice

Michael Mann delivers a vivid "Vice" update, but a disconnect between characters keeps the audience at arm's length. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Lady in the Water

M. Night Shyamalan's intriguing bedtime story is brought to a grinding halt by the director's self-serving choices. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: The Da Vinci Code

The long-awaited "Da Vinci" adaptation is an expository thriller with a slow, but decent, payoff. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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