Throughout the year, it seemed, moviegoers were offered little besides mediocre sequels and reboots, uninspired star vehicles, romance-free romantic comedies and jetsam from the 1980s pop culture landfill resurrected like brain-eating zombies. Ah, but we got to see so much of it in 3-D, and we only had to pay another 3 bucks or so for the privilege.

Hollywood studios, terrified of risk, stuck largely to formula this year, hoping the new wrinkle of rental spex would be enough to rescue the movie industry from unprofitability/irrelevance/Facebook/vague-threat-of-your-choice. But something weird happened on the way to the box office: the formulas failed to work. People stayed away from many of the movies that were supposed to be surefire hits and made hits out of movies that didn't fit the usual mold.

As going out to the movie theater became an increasingly costly and irksome experience, audiences demanded value. That may have frightened some in the executive suites, but if there's anything good that came out of this year's movie chaos, it may be the realization that the old ways of doing business will have to change, and that such change, if handled right, could prove an opportunity instead of a disaster.
The Social Network
PG-132010
Based on 42 critics

Legal and personal complications follow the founding of popular website Facebook. Read More

Toy Story 3
G2010
Based on 39 critics

When Andy leaves for college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys wind up at a day-care center. Read More

The A-Team
PG-132010
Based on 37 critics

Former Special Forces soldiers use their unique skills to clear their names of wrongdoing. Read More

Clash of the Titans
PG-132010
Based on 37 critics

Perseus (Sam Worthington) must prevent Hades from overthrowing Zeus, the king of the gods. Read More

Inception
PG-132010
Based on 42 critics

A thief (Leonardo DiCaprio) steals people's secrets from their subconscious while they dream. Read More

Talk of Angels
PG-131998
In Theaters on January 20th, 1998

Irish governess (Polly Walker) and married Spaniard (Vincent Perez) fall in love. Read More