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for Amanda Jones

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1. Stranger Than Fiction
    I can't believe this silly little movie is my favorite of the year so far, but it just is.
2. V for Vendetta
    A couple of eye-rolling moments, but otherwise fantastic with an even better score.
3. The Queen
    Entertaining and downright charming despite potentially soporific subject matter.
4. Dave Chappelle's Block Party
    Surprisingly and consistently entertaining and upbeat.
5. The Break-Up
    The best possible (and worst possible) movie I could have seen in my current state of mind.
6. Lucky Number Slevin
    From a perspective of style alone, this film was really almost perfect.
7. Friends With Money
    The many things it did absolutely right couldn't quite make up enough for the ones it did just wrong.
8. Rocky Balboa
    A chick flick at its core, really. Shockingly appealing.
9. Thank You for Smoking
    Very obviously aspired to greatness, but fell just short of its aims. Not quite clever enough.

10. The Departed
    Competent almost to a fault. A very good movie that lacked the heart to be great.
11. She's the Man
    Amanda Bynes cements herself firmly as the most likeable of the new Hollywood starlet-ettes.
12. You, Me and Dupree
    Apparently I am not immune to Owen Wilson's charms: I really liked this stupid, throwaway movie.
13. Accepted
    I'm starting to think I'm really immature: I actually actively liked this movie.
14. Deja Vu
    Once I suspended every single bit of my disbelief, this movie did not disappoint.
15. Superman Returns
    Not quite what I was expecting, but a palatable addition to the Superman realm.
16. Casino Royale
    My first Bond filme ever. Entertaining some, but in serious need of editing.
17. The Devil Wears Prada
    Charming in many ways. Anne Hathaway looks downright cartoonish, though.
18. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
    Often nostalgia borrowed from other people is not as entertaining as our own.
19. Tristan and Isolde
    Somewhat embarrassingly, not the worst tearjerker I've ever seen.
20. American Dreamz
    It just had no spark. It lacked charisma with itself. I wanted to love it, but it wouldn't let me.
21. Mission: Impossible III
    Say what you want about Tom Cruise, this film was darned entertaining.
22. Grandma's Boy
    I tried to be appalled by it, but wound up amused instead.
23. Invincible
    I wasn't bored but I wasn't either entertained. Very blah, but not excruciatingly so.
24. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    Not completely unfunny, but I spent a lot of time waiting for it to be over.
25. Clerks II
    Really very funny, but just not very good.
26. Poseidon
    Who's not a sucker for disaster movies, even poorly written ones?

27. Scary Movie 4
    I laughed once and giggled once. This film far exceeded my expectations.
28. Take the Lead
    Maybe it's the dancing that made the normally offensive Banderas seem downright charismatic.
29. Stick It
    A smidge above flat and average owing to some decently snarky dialogue.
30. Eight Below
    Predictably uplifting, but nothing particularly memorable
31. The Pursuit of Happyness
    I was just so bored. I wanted so much for it to be over. There were no moments; no magic.
32. Marie Antoinette
    Pretty enough, but devoid of story and paced too unevenly to hold my interest.
33. Inside Man
    Pretty good until the slapshod ending lost my interest almost completely.
34. United 93
    Not really possible to rate beyond "pretty much what you'd expect".
35. Ice Age: The Meltdown
    I really loathe cartoons, and this one didn't make me want to commit seppuku. That says a lot, I think.
36. X-Men: The Last Stand
    Better in retrospect than when I was watching, but only barely. Very weak story.
37. Annapolis
    Felt too much like a made-for-TV movie to be worth even half of my ticket money.
38. John Tucker Must Die
    Just not very good. Sort of ABC Family in feel.
39. Lady in the Water
    Pointless and muddy, but managed to entertain me some nevertheless.

40. Miami Vice
    One of the blandest movies I have ever seen. (Was Jamie Fox's hair painted on?)
41. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
    Not at all a pleasant moviegoing experience. I feel almost suckered.
42. Firewall
    Only nostalgia for Harrison Ford as a credible action hero made this film remotely tolerable.
43. Running Scared
    One has to wonder if it might have been more palatable had Paul Walker said "bro."
44. ATL
    Not at all accessible to anyone for whom the film is not relevant geographically.

45. 16 Blocks
    Muddy action movie wannabe that felt somehow like an afterthought of itself.
46. The Benchwarmers
    My expectations couldn't have been any lower, but I was still horrified.
47. Date Movie
    One of the most horrifying theatre experiences through which I have ever suffered.



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