1.) 13 Assassins (2011) – 4 Stars – To stop a tyrant from murdering and exploiting innocent civilians, 13 samurai warriors unite and prepare to end his life. But to kill the evildoer, the assassins must contend with an army of deadly bodyguards who outnumber them by a wide margin. Directed by acclaimed and prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, this action-packed samurai remake features Yusuke Iseya, Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Tsuyoshi Ihara.
2.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) – 4½ Stars – A journalist and a rebellious computer hacker team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger’s niece, only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger’s powerful family in this adaptation of the bestseller by Stieg Larsson.
3.) Monsters (2010) – 2½ Stars – Six years after aliens invaded Earth, a photographer is documenting the war-torn Infected Zone that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border when he’s interrupted by an unexpected rescue mission.
4.) Black Death (2011) – 2½ Stars – Sean Bean stars in this historically rooted horror-thriller as Ulric, a church-appointed knight in the age of the Bubonic Plague’s first wave who’s tasked with investigating rumors of a woman (Carice van Houten) who can bring the dead back to life. A young monk (Eddie Redmayne) named Osmund is aiding Ulric on his quest to root out the necromancer — and to determine whether or not she has ties to Satan.
5.) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – 3½ Stars – Super-agent Ethan Hunt dangles from skyscrapers and otherwise takes daring to new heights on another operation from the Impossible Missions Force. Helping Hunt get the job done is droll fellow IMF agent Luther Stickel.
6.) Limitless (2011) – 3¼ Stars – With his writing career dragging and his girlfriend casting him off, Eddie Morra’s life turns around when he takes a drug that provides astonishing mental focus — but its deadly side effects threaten his future.
7.) Let the Right One In (2008) – 3⅛ Stars – The constant target of bullies, 12-year-old Oskar spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news clippings about the grisly murders plaguing his town. But things change when he meets a new girl named Eli, a misfit vampire who steals his heart.
8.) Red White & Blue (2010) – 2½ Stars -When aloof bed-hopper Erica (Amanda Fuller) takes a job at a hardware store in Austin, she crosses paths with Frankie (Marc Senter), a struggling musician, and Nate (Noah Taylor), a mysterious stranger with an ominous past. But their lives don’t intersect in the way you might expect. British writer-director Simon Rumley steers this intense psychological revenge thriller that packs a surprising plot twist.
9.) Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) – 2½ Stars – This gleefully over-the-top revenge fantasy involves a bum who rolls into town hoping to start over, only to find his adopted city saturated in violence and ruled by a crime lord. The hobo’s answer? Lay waste to every lowlife who crosses his path.
10.) Red State (2011) – 3¼ Stars – Director Kevin Smith puts a unique spin on the horror genre in this tale of hormonal urges gone awry. Three high school boys answer an online ad from a woman seeking wild sex and soon find themselves in the hands of some dangerous religious zealots.