Assembing Movie Habit’s official top ten from the lists of 7 different contributors, we noticed that only one of us included Avatar, the flavor of the week that is threatening to break box-office records. We did not pick box-office winners Transformers 2, Twilight 2, or Harry Potter 6. The highest-earning film on our list is Inglourious Basterds (#23, according to Box Office Mojo), and then we drop down to #67 (Precious). So if we can can offer one piece of advice, it’s this: seek excellence outside the main stream.
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But more often than not, critics converged on favorites and also-rans got pushed to the margins. Anvil played at the Boulder Film Festival with at least three of our contributors in attendance. The Hurt Locker, Sugar, and Precious also found three supporters each. So although we have a eclectic tastes, we confidently stand behind our official top ten of 2009.
So read, enjoy, and remember: it’s Alt+Tab to switch between the Netflix window and the Movie Habit window.
For 27 years, Robert Denerstein was the film critic at The Rocky Mountain News. Read more of Robert's reviews at Denerstein Unleashed.
One of the year’s best; Reitman’s most appealing film to date
Truth is sometimes just as good as fiction
It’s not the blood and guts, its the simmering drama
Great at showing rather than telling
5. Summer Hours
Real people, real issues
Dominican natives pursue their diamond dreams in the U.S.
Willpower takes center stage
Everybody should be able to relate to the protagonist’s struggles to some degree or another
A dense, thought-provoking, and unforgettable documentary about an American family
10. In the Loop
Sharp satire and snappy dialogue, never a dull moment
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