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The Big Board
for Jason Lee

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A Transcendent, Luminous Moviegoing Experience
1. Avatar
    A stunning, captivating movie (though heavy-handed at times). For me, the best movie of the year.
2. Up
    One of the funniest and most emotional Pixar films ever -- and that's saying a lot.
3. Julie & Julia
    It has two of my most favorite ingredients: great cooking and Meryl Streep
4. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D
    As magical as when they first came out

I Was Engaged, Entertained and Cared About What Happened
5. Sunshine Cleaning
    Beautifully acted and superbly directed. This movie avoids all cliches with a second half that develops organically from the situation and its characters.
6. Confessions of a Shopaholic
    I absolutely enjoyed this movie for what it was: a piece of slapstick comedy helmed by a likable, charismatic heroine who invites her own demise while struggling to do what's right.
7. Watchmen
    An interesting exploration of the inability for superheroes to establish healthy interpersonal relationships.
8. Ponyo
    Ceaselessly imaginative and heart-warming, though much younger fare than Miyazaki's past 3 works.
9. The Time Traveler's Wife
    Elevated by two great performances by Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

The Film Was Pleasant and Enjoyable
10. He's Just Not That Into You
    Stellar cast and some pointed things to say about romance . . . this movie was an enjoyable date but not marriage material.
11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    By trying to explore both Voldemort's background and the blossoming romance between Harry and Ginny, the movie really doesn't successfully explore either.
12. Monsters vs. Aliens
    Predictable but enjoyable, the theme of self-empowerment and self-discovery that runs through this film elevates it above recent underwhelming fare from DreamWorks like Kung Fu Panda.
13. Post Grad
    Leads Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford are extremely charming and likable -- they bring this story of post-college maturation an engaging experience
14. New in Town
    Though it starts out as schlock, this movie unfolds nicely and it really surprised me how much I cared about these characters

It Was Alright
15. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
16. Duplicity

This Was A Waste of Time
17. 17 Again
    Strong star turn by Efron but this is really just a 120 minute sitcom
18. The Proposal
    Bullock is less than believable and I didn't enjoy watching Ryan Reynolds make a fool of her.
19. Aliens in the Attic
    Did someone accidentally put a made-for-Disney-Channel movie on the big screen?

This Was An Affront to Every Fiber of My Being
20. My Life in Ruins
    I was embarrassed for Nia Vardalos as an actress in this movie and I was embarrassed to be a viewer of the movie.
21. I Love You, Man
    I don't particularly enjoy watching 2 hours of people making fools of themselves by using forced, unfunny idioms peppered with macho guy-speak. Plus the gay characters were ridiculous caricatures



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