MOVIES NOW SHOWING | Here are io9's reviews for all the films currently in theaters. Top image from Super 8.

Transformers 3 is a movie about how wrong you were to hate Transformers 2

A lot of people paid a lot of money to hate Transformers 2. The movie made enough money for Michael Bay to bathe in the blood of supermodels every hour, for the rest of his life. But people loathed it. So with Transformers 3, Michael Bay has made a movie about how dumb you were to hate Transformers 2. More »

Sweet Edsel Jesus, there's a Pope Car in Cars 2

Cars 2 has the body of burnished Pixar purdiness, a chassis built of the bleached bones of Geoffrey the Giraffe, and an engine kissed by the Cylon god. In Cars 2, God isn't the cosmic clockmaker; he's the cosmic carburetor. More »

Green Lantern wants to be Star Wars, but it's more like the Star Wars prequels

Ryan Reynolds keeps comparing Green Lantern, out today, to the original Star Wars. As if it's the same kind of fun thrill-ride, with the same relatable heroic arc, swashbuckling and Han Solo-esque swagger. But actually, Green Lantern is more like the Star Wars prequels. More »

Super 8 doesn't live up to the hype, but that's OK

Super 8 is one of the only original science fiction movies this summer, and it's the brainchild of "sense of wonder" twins Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams. So yeah, there's been a lot of hype about this flick. And no, it's not entirely deserved. But that doesn't mean it isn't a likable, exciting movie. More »

Suspended Between Science and God: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

The one thing you can't call director Terrence Malick is unambitious. In The Tree of Life, out now in select theaters, he tries to do for 1950s Texas what Stanley Kubrick did for prehistoric man; that is, tie a few ordinary lives to the immensity and wonder of universe and, ultimately, to us. More »

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Captain Jack Sparrow can escape from anything… except a rut

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is Disney's desperate attempt to throw off all the baggage of the previous sequels and get back to the simple pleasures of a half-mad swashbuckling Johnny Depp. And this time, there's mermaids! But is it any good? Sort of. More »

Troll Hunter turns myth into modern hardboiled tragedy

In Norwegian monster movie Troll Hunter, fairy tales become humorously, touchingly realistic. You won't be able to resist its satiric blend of government conspiracy and old Norse mythology. More »

X-Men: First Class: Not Your Same Old Mutant Angst

Are superpowers a blessing or a curse? Are mutants more like ethnic minorities, or queer people? For too long, TV shows and movies have been asking these same old questions, without really finding any interesting answers. So it's a pleasure to watch a movie like X-Men: First Class. More »

Yuen Woo-Ping's True Legend: Pure Old-School Awesomeness

Remember what Chinese martial-arts movies used to be like, before Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hero? The no-holds-barred action, the over-the-top storytelling? The Daoist laughter? Yuen Woo-Ping sure seems to. His new movie True Legend is pure old-school awesomeness. More »