Big Miracle: An Alaskan TV reporter (John Krasinski) and his activist ex (Drew Barrymore) find themselves in the middle of a national brouhaha when three gray whales get trapped in the ice. This moving film has just the right balance of suspense, sentimentalism, environmentalist outrage and humor.
- Kimberley Jones
Project X: A 17th birthday party turns into a mind-melting bacchanal, with the young hero (Thomas Mann) following a surprisingly unpredictable arc. The film is a poignant updating of John Hughes' emo-fueled teen anthems.
- Marc Savlov