Movie: Red Riding Hood (2011)

Talking animals are, by definition, hokey. If dogs and cats were supposed to speak, damn it, they would, so anytime a filmmaker tries to give animals the ability to converse, it's unnatural and impossible for viewers to take seriously. In last year's confused, wannabe Twilight horror-romance Red Riding Hood, director Catherine Hardwicke gives chatty werewolves the old college try, an ill-advised move that further derails any sense of tension whenever it's lycanthrope time.