- Brick - A giddy, twisted modern-day noir
crime thriller that's as much tongue-in-cheek as it is hard-hitting - even
more so as it happens in a high school setting; a superb first feature.
- Casino Royale
- Darker and more exciting than any chapter in the last two decades; completely re-invigorates the franchise and provides the best Bond since Connery first took the mantle.
- Children of Men
- Technically brilliant, the film is also absolutely haunting. This is science fiction with true heart and brains.
Watch - A Russian blockbuster that puts
Hollywood flicks to shame, it's an epic action fantasy flick full of delicious, smart
goings-on that's best described as an amalgam of Indiana Jones,
The Lord of the
Rings, vampire movies and Russian melodrama - and it
- The Departed
- Superb all-start cast, tight script, formidable direction by Scorcese; easily the best crime drama of the year and a terrific thriller to boot.
- The Fountain - Easily the most engrossing, surprising film of the year - a true revelation from a master director. For mature cinema audiences only.
- An Inconvenient
Truth - A spellbinding documentary based on a single Power Point
presentation given by one other than Al Gore.
- Inside Man - A taunt, inventive thriller, it puts the bank-robbery crime drama on its head. A formidable A-list cast helps make for a convincing, tension-filled confrontation.
- Letters from Iwo
Jima - From Clint Eastwood comes a sober, powerful indictment to the horrors of war that is truly universal and always
- The Prestige - A tale of obsession set in the stylish, spectacular Victorian-era world of theatrical illusions, the film is set up with true showmanship flair, providing a densely packed, dazzling film that works like a clever thriller. Definitely worth the price of admission.
- The Proposition - A
beautiful, powerful Australian Western that easily rises above its peers.
- The Queen - Highlighted by a pitch-perfect performance from Helen Mirren, the film deftly walks a thin line between caricature and compassion, wit and wisdom, bringing a light touch on what could have been heavy theatrical material.
- Superman Returns
A rousing tale aiming to redefine the mythical character, the film balances the required action with the inherent humanity. The effects are superb throughout and the action sequences are spectacular, always remaining engaging thanks to a solid script that gives ample opportunity for character and good dialog.
- Thank You For Smoking
- An independent production that's terrifically engaging and never loses
sight of its message and characters; a well-executed satire that comments on
both the underhanded ways of the Tobacco industry as well as the people who
- United 93 - The best
possible film to come out of the 9/11 tragedy, a masterful, emotionally
powerful document of that infamous day. Hands down the year's best