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Film and Book Reviews for 2009

Films released in 2009

Coraline poster
Coraline directed by Henry Selick
5 star rating
Coraline Jones feels bored and neglected, and is ready to swap her workaholic parents for more attentive and loving substitutes.
Avatar poster
Avatar directed by James Cameron
4 star rating
A paraplegic marine gets a second chance when he takes on a new body to negotiate with the natives on an alien world.
Doghouse poster
Doghouse directed by Jake West
4 star rating
A group of men organise an outing to an isolated, sinister village full of women. What could go wrong?
The Secret Of Moonacre poster
The Secret Of Moonacre directed by Gabor Csupo
4 star rating
Can Maria Merryweather lift the curse that blights her family and save Moonacre valley?
The Road poster
The Road directed by John Hillcoat
4 star rating
A father and son search for food and hope for a better life as they travel through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Surrogates poster
Surrogates directed by Jonathan Mostow
4 star rating
You can be anyone you want to be, provided you want to be fake.
Star Trek poster
Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams
4 star rating
The crew of the Enterprise take on a genocidal Romulan in this reboot of the Star Trek franchise.
Planet 51 poster
Planet 51 directed by Jorge Blanco
4 star rating
An astronaut lands on a planet, only to discover that he is the alien invader.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine poster
X-Men Origins: Wolverine directed by Gavin Hood
3 star rating
This fast-paced prequel tells the story of one of the most savage X-Men.
The Time Traveler
The Time Traveler's Wife directed by Robert Schwentke
3 star rating
Henry can travel through time. But is his ability a blessing or a curse?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince poster
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince directed by David Yates
3 star rating
Can Harry do anything to prevent Voldemort from taking over the world of wizards in his sixth year at Hogwarts?
Terminator Salvation poster
Terminator Salvation directed by McG
3 star rating
The fourth movie in the Terminator series takes place during a brutal war in which man is on the verge of being wiped out by the machines.
Splice poster
Splice directed by Vincenzo Natali
3 star rating
Two scientists create a new lifeform in the lab.
Push poster
Push directed by Paul McGuigan
3 star rating
Psychics In Hong Kong rush to protect a unique woman from a shadowy government agency.
Pandorum poster
Pandorum directed by Christian Alvart
3 star rating
Two crew members wake to amnesia, darkness and fear on board a failing spacecraft in this science fiction horror.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian poster
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian directed by Shawn Levy
3 star rating
A former night guard returns to help out when his friends at the museum are transferred to the Smithsonian.
New Moon poster
New Moon directed by Chris Weitz
3 star rating
Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
Ink poster
Ink directed by Jamin Winans
3 star rating
A guy from the spirit world who hides his face abducts a young girl. But is Ink really as evil as he purports to be?
FAQ About Time Travel poster
FAQ About Time Travel directed by Gareth Carrivick
3 star rating
Three guys are discussing time travel when they discover portal to the future.
District 9 poster
District 9 directed by Neill Blomkamp
3 star rating
What happens when aliens are forced to live in a slum?
Knowing poster
Knowing directed by Alex Proyas
2 star rating
A page full of numbers appear to predict disasters. But can a man who knows what is coming do anything to change the future?
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen poster
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen directed by Michael Bay
2 star rating
Shabby ice cream vans lead double lives as fighting alien robots in this toy-based movie.
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie poster
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie directed by Lev L. Spiro
2 star rating
A young witch accidentally creates a spell that will cause her and her brothers to disappear, unless they can find a way to reverse it.
2012 poster
2012 directed by Roland Emmerich
1 star rating
People face earthquakes, volcanoes, and the end of days in this apocalyptic disaster movie.

Books published in 2009

59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot poster
59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot by Richard Wiseman
5 star rating
Professor Richard Wiseman discusses the science around self-help and presents lifestyle advice based on scientific studies.
Best Served Cold poster
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
5 star rating
Revenge is on the agenda in this standalone novel set in the same world as the First Law trilogy.
Fire poster
Fire by Kristin Cashore
5 star rating
An unnaturally beautiful young woman struggles to come to terms with her powers over people in a land on the edge of war. The second book in the Graceling Realm series.
I Am Not A Serial Killer poster
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
5 star rating
Can a sociopathic teenager stop a demon on a killing spree? The first in the John Cleaver series.
Johannes Cabal The Necromancer poster
Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
5 star rating
An acerbic, over-educated necromancer tries to win back his soul in this occult comedy.
The Dragon Keeper poster
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
5 star rating
A new generation of dragons that fail to live up to expectations of them set off on a journey to find a legendary lost city. The first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles.
Triumff: Her Majesty
Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero by Dan Abnett
5 star rating
Sir Rupert Triumff fights for queen, country, and sobriety in this humorous alternate history.
Knife poster
Knife by R. J. Anderson
4 star rating
A young faery is forbidden to have contact with humans. But she is bad at taking orders without question.
Master Of Crows poster
Master Of Crows by Grace Draven
4 star rating
A scribe is sent to spy on a renegade mage in order to win her freedom, but his secret struggle against a wicked god could ruin them both. The first book in the Master of Crows series.
Nights of Villjamur poster
Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
4 star rating
An ice age is about to grip the land, but it's high season for murder in this fantasy adventure.
The Edge of the World poster
The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson
3 star rating
Explorers set out to map the edges of the known world in this epic fantasy adventure. Book one of Terra Incognita.
The Magician
The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
3 star rating
In this prequel to the Black Magician series a young assistant healer learns that she has magical gifts.
The Thirteenth poster
The Thirteenth by G. L. Twynham
3 star rating
Val Saunders is a normal teenager with extraordinary abilities. But why does she have to be the one to save the day?
The Killing Moon poster
The Killing Moon by Rod Glenn
2 star rating
In post-apocalyptic northern England the future of civilisation hangs in the balance.
Bringing Forth The End Of Days poster
Bringing Forth The End Of Days by Simon Law
1 star rating
Can the last remnants of mankind survive in a world depleted of oxygen?
Joe Fury and the Hard Death poster
Joe Fury and the Hard Death by Paul Anthony Long
1 star rating
A private eye is faced with his one of toughest cases when reality begins to crumble around him.

In This Year

The author David Eddings died.

Unreviewed books

Dead And Gone cover
Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris
Werewolves and shifters announce their presence to the world, whilst Sookie learns more about her distant relatives. The ninth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

Catching Fire cover
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Capitol did not expect Katniss Everdeen to survive the Hunger Games the way she did. So, whilst there are rumblings of rebellion in the districts, the 75th Games will be more brutal than ever. The second book in The Hunger Games.

Turn Coat cover
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden reluctantly tries to help a Warden accused of treason. The eleventh novel in the Dresden Files series.

Ral's Woman cover
Ral's Woman by Laurann Dohner
Ariel is kidnapped by aliens and given away as a prize to a big alien slave. The first in the Zorn Warriors series.

And Another Thing... cover
And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer
Arthur Dent returns to deep space, as the universe conspires against him. The sixth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight cover
A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori
A fairy crosses into the mortal realm to escape a murderous elemental, only to find more trouble with vampires and werewolves, and especially with the Nightwalker Prince Regent who rescues her.

Yseult cover
Yseult by Ruth Nestvold
In a war-torn fifth century Ireland a young princess is threatened with being sent over the sea to create peace through a marriage to a foreign king she does not know.

Curse The Dawn cover
Curse The Dawn by Karen Chance
Mages, gods, and supernatural factions want Cassie Palmer dead. Her clairvoyancy is unreliable, so she invests in a magical statue for protection, only to find its effects unpredictable. The fourth Cassie Palmer book.

Mengliad cover
Mengliad by Jana Janeway
After a mosquito bite, a woman becomes a new type of human and falls into a world of danger and secret lives. The first book in the Mengliad series.

Unreviewed films

Skellig: The Owl Man cover
Skellig: The Owl Man directed by Annabel Jankel
A boy discovers a strange man living in the shed. However, his baby sister falls seriously ill and she will need a miracle to pull through.

Drag Me To Hell cover
Drag Me To Hell directed by Sam Raimi
A loan officer denies an old lady an extension on her loan, so the angry pensioner curses her. In three days she will be dragged to Hell, unless she can undo it.

Dorian Gray cover
Dorian Gray directed by Oliver Parker
A young man keeps a painting that reflects all of the corruption and excess of his life, whilst he remains young and unblemished.