- Batman Begins - With an ace team of filmmakers and an inspired
cast, the stalwart Dark Knight get a terrific reboot as a dark, brooding
(and serious!) hero. By far the most gritty, intelligent and faithful adaptation of the classic hero to
date, it satisfyingly reboots the series for a new generation.
- Brokeback Mountain - A surprisingly powerful, textured
romantic tragedy that's beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, and one that will stay with audiences long after the credits
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - One of eccentric director
Burton's best films, a fabulous adaptation of a popular children's book that
makes for a visually splendid fairy-tale. With its smart humor, engaging direction and great decor, this new
Charlie is sure to take over Willy as the one-and-only adaptation of Dahl's
- Constant Gardener, The - Powerful, mature, smart, and brilliantly
executed, this is a gripping, gritty, and uncompromising political thriller
that has a statement to say and knows how to say it.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - The latest adaptation of the Harry Potter
series shows that the series has matured well since its inception, and remains a giddily joyous fantasy
adventure brimming with teen angst and imagination.
- A History of Violence - Meant as a crime and social drama, the film works equally well as a suspense thriller and a character study. With its deliberate build-up and viciously violent scenes, the film will likely polarize viewers but will definitely elicit a reaction from its audience.
- King Kong - Clever, vividly realized, and nothing less than spectacular this
new revisiting of the classic 1933 version of King Kong captures the imagination
and makes for a magnificent epic, easily living up to its moniker as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
- Kung Fu Hustle - In what seems to be an insane combination, the film channels the Shaw Brothers, Buster Keaton, West Side Story and The Matrix into a film that delivers spell-binding action, riotous comedy and sentimentality in one improbable jumble of spectacular mirth. Frantic, funny, and immensely enjoyable
it was hands down the most entertaining action movie of the year.
- Munich - A film that works on many levels - as thriller, drama, and political message - and succeeds on each
one, creating an immediate, powerful and relevant commentary on the war
- Sin City - Technically and artistically, Sin City is meant to be an extreme amalgam of B&W film noir, the film creating a nihilistic, dangerous place where vice is the blood flowing in the streets and violence is a normal occurence. It's an impressive example of comic-medium adaptation with tales that are tough, gritty and relentlessly grim, but are so over-the-top that they're just damn entertaining.
- Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - The final chapter closes on an amazing pop phenomenon bringing things full circle in a much darker and grimmer tale in tone both visually and story-wise than what cane before, but as sprawling space opera, there isn't anything better.
- Syriana - An ambitious,
complex political thriller that tackles the subject of America's oil interests in the
Middle-East, it's a thoroughly engaging look at what goes on behind today's headlines, and it delivers a cynical, well-targeted commentary on the oil
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Taking the plunge from shorts to full-length family adventure, this animated tale is both clever and imaginative and a splendid way for movie audiences to discover the plasticine magic of Wallace &
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