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for Kelly Metz

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Curse Reversed
1. Crazy Heart
    This is *the* performance of Jeff Bridges' career, Maggie Gyllenhaal gave her usual amazing performance. The soundtrack is also worth checking out.
2. Away We Go
    Absolutely wonderful. Alternates between hilarious, emotional and heartbreaking, but always genuine. Krasinski and Rudolph are wonderful together here.
3. (500) Days of Summer
    I really hope this is the movie that makes Joseph Gordon-Levitt a superstar. I hope to see a lot more of him in the future. I loved the non-linear timeline as well as the soundtrack.
4. The Hangover
    Much to my surprise, the funniest movie I saw all year. Great cast - not a weak link anywhere.
5. The Hurt Locker
    It's been a very long time since a movie made me so anxious and tense for the ENTIRE length of the movie. Great direction.
6. Star Trek
    A much-needed jump start to a franchise that desperately needed it. Pine and Quinto were perfectly cast.
7. Up
    The trailers didn't do much for me - I'm glad I saw it anyway. Some of the most touching moments in film were present in this movie. Very likeable characters and a sweet storyline.
8. Up in the Air
    Great performances all around - Clooney can do no wrong these days in my opinion - same goes for Jason Reitman. Strong supporting cast (especially Vera Farmiga).
9. The Princess and the Frog
    Old-time Disney - on par with The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. The songs were catchy and the story was heartwarming.
10. Zombieland
    I usually hate these kind of movies. This was just plain friggin' hilarious, though. Woody Harrelson was a trip, and the 5-minute cameo was probably the best part of the movie.
11. The Blind Side
    Not the greatest movie of the year or anything, but it gets major points for the heartwarming story and great performance by Bullock. She and McGraw played well off each other.
12. State of Play
    While I prefer the BBC miniseries (check it out), this was a pretty close adaptation.

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13. Invictus
    Usual quality from Cint Eastwood. Morgan Freeman *was* Nelson Mandela, but the story felt a little rushed/glossed over.
14. Taken
    Why waste time with pointless sub-plots and useless dialogue? Liam Neeson kicks ass and takes names from the get-go. Really entertaining.
15. An Education
    Carey Mulligan was a little too polished to be believable as a naive teen, but she was still pretty great. Alfred Molina stole every scene he was in.
16. 17 Again
    This was surprisingly enjoyable. Zac Efron was believable as the young Matt Perry. Not sure a dance number was really necessary, though.
17. Duplicity
    Clive Owen and Julia Robers have great on-screen chemistry - not a perfect plot by any means but they carry it.
18. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Great voice talents, nice movie adaptation of this children's book. Enjoyable for both children and adults.
19. Funny People
    Not nearly as gloom-and-doom as I had expected but not hilarious, either. Worth seeing for the Eminem/Ray Romano bit. Love story subplot was not needed - very silly by the end.
20. A Single Man
    Decent story with stellar performance from Colin Firth, and I think I officially became a fan of Matthew Goode. Loved the cinematography.
21. Inglourious Basterds
    A bit too 'talky' for some QT fans, but I preferred it to most of his movies. Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent were scene-stealers.
22. Phoebe in Wonderland
    I really hope Elle Fanning makes it big like her sister...the ending was a little too 'after-school special' for me, but the majority of it was strong.
23. Avatar
    Another version of a familiar story used in countless other movies, only with kick-ass CGI. If Sam Worthington is not a full-fledged star within the next year, something is very wrong.
24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Strayed a LOT from the book, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. (Note to Snape: Wash your hair. PLEASE.)
25. In the Loop
    Bizarre at times, but very funny. (Nice to see Anna Chlumsky again.)
26. Julie & Julia
    'Julie' scenes - meh. 'Julia' scenes - fantastic. The scenes with Meryl at her usual best made me forget about the ho-hum rest of it.
27. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
    Yeah, not the greatest sequel in the world, but I found it to be very enjoyable. Hank Azaria is always so entertaining.

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28. Coraline
    Very interesting story (I hadn't heard of the Gaiman novel until the movie was released), but stop-motion animation creeps me out big time.
29. The Answer Man
    The characters that were supposed to annoy me didn't, and the ones that weren't totally did. I really liked the plot, though, which was anything but cookie-cutter.
30. The Boys Are Back
    Clive Owen was very good here as a newly single father trying to figure everything out, but the story seemed to go nowhere.
31. The Brothers Bloom
    Could have been *so* much more than it turned out to be. Disappointing. That wacky Rachel Weisz drove me insane.
32. The Proposal
    I liked Reynolds and Bullock's chemistry better when she was a bitch. Once she started to soften and the story took the inevitable turn towards happiness and love, it lost its spark.
33. The Invention of Lying
    This movie didn't know what it wanted to be. Also, being truthful does not mean one can't have tact. Having said this, I loved seeing Gervais in a decent leading role.
34. My Sister's Keeper
    Wait...Cameron Diaz can act? Yeah, I know, shocker. Alec Baldwin was wasted in his role. If you hate overly sentimental, schmaltzy stuff, skip this movie.
35. Angels & Demons
    Better than The Davinci Code, but that's not saying much.
36. Ice Age: The Meltdown
    A totally unnecessary addition to the Ice Age franchise - I really hope the producers quit while they are sorta ahead. Not horrible, but not nearly as entertaining as the first two.
37. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
    Nice to see Travolta as a total badass, but the movie wasn't all that interesting or even climactic.
38. Adventureland
    Maybe this movie would be boring to anyone who didn't work in an amusement park in high school...maybe that's why I didn't relate to one part of this. So very meh.
39. Whip It
    Ellen Page was very good as usual - good supporting cast - although Drew Barrymore and Juliette Lewis both annoyed the hell out of me (probably the point). Alia Shawkat deserved more screen time.
40. Public Enemies
    Note to Michael Mann: you don't have to have a close-up of *every* character in *every* scene. Incredibly boring.
41. Land of the Lost
    Will Ferrell was not nearly as annoying as I expected. Danny McBride and Anna Friel were much better than Ferrell, though. Rather silly, but enjoyable enough.
42. Extract
    Mike Judge is so hit-or-miss. Extract is no Office Space, but not nearly as bad as Idiocracy. I loved Jason Bateman here, and if you're a Ben Affleck fan, you'll enjoy him in this.
43. Easy Virtue
    Jessica Biel was the only real standout here. Colin Firth and Kris Marshall were wasted. Meh ending.
44. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
    Not a bad movie, and Jennifer Garner is so damn adorable as always, but I think Matthew McConaughey is too old to be playing the playboy-bachelor-in-a-romantic-comedy roles.
45. Moon
    Interesting concept, and Sam Rockwell pretty much pulled it off, but it went on for much too long. By the end, I didn't really care what happened.
46. The Open Road
    Glad to see Justin Timberlake can act, too. (He shouldn't quit his day job any time soon, though.) Mary Steenburgen's overacting was horrid.
47. I Love You, Man
    I didn't love this bro-mance as much as a lot of people seemed to - Jason Siegel was annoying as hell and I didn't believe for a minute that Paul Rudd would have been friends with him.
48. The International
    Boring-ass movie, with one awesome shootout scene in the middle of the movie.
49. Cheri
    I enjoyed the arc of Michelle Pfeiffer's character. I did not enjoy the mental picture of Kathy Bates as a former courtesan.
50. The Soloist
    Downey seemed to phone in his performance, and it seemed like Foxx was desperately trying for another Oscar. I enjoyed the dvd special features showing the real-life duo a lot more than I did the movi
51. Everybody's Fine
    Relatively boring at times - none of the actors seemed to care - but the story had its moments. More touching than it probably should have been. Drew Barrymore was the highlight.
52. The Edge of Love
    I remember next to nothing about this movie, other than Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley sharing plenty of screen time in bed together - that can't be a ringing endorsement.
53. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
    Ed Helms in a boy band was the only really funny part. Piven was okay - supporting cast was horrible - I wish Kathryn Hahn would just stop acting.
54. Taking Woodstock
    Good music, good cast (loved Liev Schreiber!) - but the story didn't really grab me.

55. Sunshine Cleaning
56. Fired Up
    The relatively entertaining second half couldn't make up for the mediocre first half. Leads were entertaining enough, though.
57. Monsters vs. Aliens
    I have become spoiled - Pixar is the standard I hold all animated movies to. Crappy plot, mediocre character development.
58. Terminator Salvation
    For a movie with so much action, it sure was boring.
59. Shorts
    You know those kids movies with adult jokes? Stuff the whole family will find enjoyable? Yeah, this wasn't it. This was strictly for the under-10 crowd.
60. Bart Got a Room
61. New in Town
    I can't figure out why someone thought Renee Zellweger would be perfect for this role. I like Harry Connick as an actor, though. Hopefully he can find a much better movie next time.
62. Race to Witch Mountain
    Another needless remake.
63. The Pink Panther 2
    Another needless sequel.
64. Fanboys
    A few laugh-out-loud moments doesn't make up for the boring rest of it. Carrie Fisher's cameo was definitely the highlight.
65. Two Lovers
    I would have enjoyed this more had someone other than Joaquin Phoenix been cast. His mopiness annoyed me. I didn't think he had believable chemistry with either of the potential love interests.
66. Whatever Works
    Woody Allen films are such hit-or-miss with me. This was such a huge miss. I wish Larry David would stop the Curb Your Enthusiam shtick.
67. Gigantic
    I still can't figure out the point of this movie. At all.
68. The Ugly Truth
    I don't like movies that are raunchy just because they CAN be. Extremely pointless. Heigl and Butler had zero chemistry. Just plain dumb.
69. I Love You, Beth Cooper
    The few good moments weren't enough to make up for the lame acting/dialogue/plot for the rest of it.

Buh-bye Babe Ruth
70. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
    Okay - how the crap does ice SINK? I had 4 drinks while watching this and it still didn't make the movie any better.
71. He's Just Not That Into You
    Some of the most unlikeable characters ever put on film. Affleck and Aniston's characters were the only ones that didn't deserve a punch in the face.
72. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    I usually enjoy superhero movies - assuming there is some sort of coherent plot. This was definitely not that kind of movie. How on earth did this movie get greenlit?
73. Couples Retreat
    It's mind-boggling when Malin Akerman is one of the better actors in a movie. Such an unlikeable group of characters.
74. Confessions of a Shopaholic
    For starters, I have a hard time having sympathy for someone whose main problem is caused by their own doing. Not really the best movie to be released during this economic downturn.
75. Management
    I didn't realize that stalkers were cute and loveable, with the ability to "grow on you"! Silly me!
76. Watchmen
    Another superhero waste of time movie. Boring plot, horrible acting. Completely pointless. This movie could not end fast enough (which sucked, since it seemed to never end).
77. My Life in Ruins
    I was hoping for another My Big Fat Greek Wedding - I am now convinced that was a one-hit wonder for Vardalos. Just plain silly. I'm embarrassed for the actors who agreed to co-star.
78. Bride Wars
    Every part of this movie was just so...mean and hateful. With "friends" like these, who needs enemies?
79. Spread
    I am pretty sure that legitimate pornos that are marketed as such have better plots. Kutcher's character was so despicable, I had zero sympathy for him or his problems.
80. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
    What on earth was the point of this movie? If you're over the age of 10, skip it.
81. Observe and Report
    Total waste of time. Skip it.
82. Bruno
    I was hoping for a repeat of Borat - ya know, something that was actually funny. I thought this was offensive and not even slightly funny. Painful to watch.



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