Here’s a quick list of my favorite movies from the past year.

The Hangover

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Saw the poster for The Hangover while seeing another movie. Made a mental note to avoid it. I was wrong. Funny from start to finish.

The Class

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Should have been cliché, but wasn’t. It was quiet, real and moving.

The Hurt Locker

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Devastating, tense, thrilling. A character study rather than a “war movie.”

Up!

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The first 15 minutes of Up! prove once again that animation can be deeply emotional and SQUIRREL!

Zombieland

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Who know the zombie genre had so much life left in it. Also includes the best cameo ever.

Inglourious Basterds

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Brad Pitt’s over the top character was fine, but Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) walked away with every scene he was in. I don’t automatically love everything Tarantino does, but I loved Inglourious Basterds.

Goodbye Solo

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Quiet, understated, touching. I was completely engrossed from start to finish.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

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You don’t have to be a Metal fan to enjoy watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It’s touching, sad and hopeful and funny.

In The Loop

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Fast, hilarious, vicious political satire. This is how wars are made.

World’s Greatest Dad

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This dark, perverted, and very funny movie by Bob Goldthwait took me completely by surprise. I’ve grown to expect less from Robin Williams, but he’s terrific here. I guess a little autoerotic asphyxiation brings out the best in people.