Spinning Wheels: Dax Shepard’s charm highlights an otherwise lackluster chase flick in <em>Hit & Run</em>.
Scary Switcheroo: <em>The Imposter</em> chronicles a real-life child disappearance, and the con-man who took the boy’s place.
Buddy System: An unlikely friendship blossoms with dignity in award-winner from France, <em>The Intouchables</em>.
Peppy Puppy: <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild </em>merely manages to nail the meaning of life.
Ted Conference: Seth McFarlane’s teddy bear pic has <em>Family Guy</em> fun, but still feels like it’s been done.
Eye Opener: <em>Safety Not Guaranteed</em> rides two breakout stars to greatness.
Life Underground: Agnieszka Holland’s <em>In Darkness</em> portrays the dark terror of the hunt for Jews in WWII Poland.
The Kid is Not Alright: Questions of innate evil and disastrous parenting collide in <em>We Need to Talk About Kevin</em>.
Inane Island: <em>Journey 2: The Mysterious Island</em> smears steampunk legacies; shines dimly with CGI creatures.
<em>Mission: Impossible</em> gets an action-packed fourth installment, but it’s all been done before.