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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Ten Best Films Of 2009
By Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com
Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Warner Brothers

tenTHE HANGOVER
2009

A wild ride that doesn't always fit together but manages to entertain and have audiences in stitches?  Todd Phillips' film was not only one of 2009's best rides during a recession that gripped the globe, it provided laughs and paid big money dividends at the box office, becoming the third-highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever.  Whether you enjoyed the random nuttiness and incomprehensible situations, the suddenness of Mike Tyson's entrance -- which packed a punch -- or the unforgettable and ridiculously nutty talents of Ken Jeong -- "The Hangover" was the film that had you drunk with laughter.  Just remember: what happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay there.

U.S. Distributor: Warner Brothers.  Initial release date: June 5.  Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha.  Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  

Original Popcorn Reel review

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A SINGLE MAN
2009


The Weinstein Company

Fashion designer Tom Ford's film directing debut was remarkable, bursting out of the gate the way painter Julian Schnabel did several years back.  Based on Charles Isherwood's novel about a gay British college professor in 1962 L.A. who grapples with the loss of his partner of 16 years, "A Single Man", even with its stylizations, was a consistently strong effort, with sumptuous cinematography.  Colin Firth (above) gave the year's best male lead performance as the grief-stricken George Falconer who dances at the altar with death.  Julianne Moore is impressive as one of the professor's loyal friends.  Nicholas Hoult is also good as a student.

U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Company.  Initial release date: December 11 (N.Y., L.A., S.F.)  Starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult.

Original Popcorn Reel review

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CORALINE

2009

Focus Features

A classic for years to come, "Coraline" marked Henry Selick's greatest cinematic triumph.  A visual marvel in Stereoscopic 3D, this film years in the making, dazzled, amazed and astounded us.  A fable that sparkles, "Coraline" is a film you can't take your eyeballs off.  An animated "Pan's Labyrinth" if ever there was one, "Coraline" tracks the adventures of a 'tween-age girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who slips between the world of reality and the world of the alternative.  Filled with imagination, wonderment and some scares, "Coraline" will be more thoroughly appreciated in a decade or two.  Still by a country mile the best animated film of this early 21st century if not the last 40 years, Mr. Selick's work reflected a boldness and confidence you couldn't help but admire.

U.S. Distributor: Focus Features.  Initial release date: February 6.  Starring the voices of: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Peter Stormare, Keith David. 

Original Popcorn Reel review


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