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1. Milk
    A breathtaking film with a remarkable Sean Penn performance
2. Slumdog Millionaire
    A wonderful fairy tale from the incomparable Danny Boyle
3. Doubt
    Superbly acted, thought provoking play-on-film
4. Man on Wire
    Remarkable, elegant documentary is an Oscar shoe-in
5. The Wrestler
    Superb Mickey Rourke performance in an old fashioned '70s character study
6. Let the Right One In (Sweden)
    Swedish horror at its finest: bleak, cold, and Bergmanesque
7. Frost/Nixon
    Do we have to wait thirty years to see Olbermann/Bush?
8. Be Kind Rewind
    More post-modern magic from Michel Gondry
9. Tropic Thunder
    The funniest, most profane film of the year
10. Happy Go Lucky
    More Mike Leigh magic, again featuring the great Eddie Marsan
11. Quantum of Solace
    Trim, lean, and surprisingly topical Bond picture with a memorable nod to Goldfinger
12. Diary of the Dead
    Zombies with a dash of politics. Yum.
13. WALL•E
    The first 20 minutes are magical
14. Religulous
    Mean-spirited but often hilarious--kinda like Borat!
15. Hancock
    Put John Hancock, on your must see list, for your fam-i-leeee!
16. The Bank Job
    Superior heist flick with fine acting and terrific period detail
17. Cloverfield
    It's a pleasure watching the annoying characters die!
18. Kung Fu Panda
    Delightful and beautifully animated kiddie flick
19. Gran Torino
    Fair to middling Eastwood, but still enjoyable
20. Cadillac Records
    Some fine individual performances can't compensate for the film's historical inaccuracies and flawed plotting
21. You Don't Mess With the Zohan
    Surprisingly funny 'why can't we all just get along?' comedy

22. Death Race
    Not as good as the original, but reasonable dumb entertainment
23. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    I'm not a big fan of the series, but Crystal Skull is solid entertainment
24. Speed Racer
    Amazing production design and great chimp wrangling
25. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
    Introductory primer to the Muslim world in need of a wider audience
26. Get Smart
    Occasionally amusing update of the TV classic

Uh uh
27. Transporter 3
    Car wreck of a movie wrecks aplenty
28. The Spiderwick Chronicles
    Underamped fantasy lacking in thrills.
29. Iron Man
    Nasty blend of American political mythologies
30. Redbelt
    David Mamet has truly gone off the rails with this poorly plotted drama.
31. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    I'd rather die than watch this repulsive film again



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