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Don't miss these
1. This Is England
    Shane Meadows reaches new heights with his skinhead epic
2. Hot Fuzz
    The funniest film of 2007...and a deadly accurate portrayal of British country life
3. Into the Wild
    The perfect double bill partner for Herzog's Grizzly Man
4. There Will Be Blood
    No-one makes better films about The Golden State than P. T. Anderson
5. Ratatouille
    An absolute delight...even for jaded 13 year olds
6. No Country for Old Men
    Jean-Paul Sartre--Texas Style!
7. The Great Debaters
    'Resolved: capitalism is immoral'. Right on!
8. 3:10 to Yuma
    Satisfying western remake with a terrific cast.
9. Michael Clayton
    Tort reform? Not while Michael Clayton's on the job.
10. Rescue Dawn
    Terrific docudrama from our greatest living filmmaker
11. The Simpsons Movie
    Like two really good episodes and one so-so one
12. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
    Utterly charming; best live action 'family film' of the year
13. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    Great second act, so-so first and third
14. Blades of Glory
    Very funny, and thankfully avoids homophobic humor
15. Sicko
    Michael Moore's best yet
16. 28 Weeks Later
    Surprisingly good if somewhat illogical sequel
17. The Host
    Wacky serio-comic Korean monster movie

18. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Poor songs undercut impressive production values in Tim Burton's negative-image take on the Jacques Demy trope
19. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
    Like many 'first chapters', a bit too complex
20. Juno
    Too much arch dialogue, too little character development
21. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
    Charming but underdeveloped fantasy
22. Ghost Rider
    The dumbest of dumb fun
23. The Last Winter
    An ambitious, if ultimately disappointing, Larry Fessenden feature
24. Sunshine
    An admirable misfire from Danny Boyle
25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Not as annoying as the earlier Potter films--and no miserable Qudditich matches
26. Live Free or Die Hard
    Absurd but entertaining
27. Spider-Man 3
    So much exposition, so little action

Miss these
28. Colma: The Musical
    Nice effort, but ultimately a failure
29. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
    Befuddling and overly complex
30. Rocket Science
    The poster child for bad American indie film
31. Dragon Wars
    Jason Behr: the poor man's Tom Cruise
32. Transformers
    Loud, obnoxious, and racist trash
33. 300
    Laugh out loud dreadful



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