Friday, December 21, 2007

The year's ten best films by Roger Ebert

1. "Juno": How can I choose this warm-hearted comedy about a pregnant teenager, when the year was rich with serious drama?

2. "No Country for Old Men": A perfect movie, I wrote after the premiere at Toronto. And so it is.

3. "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead": It was a year for the great character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, so different and so good in this film, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War."

4. "Atonement": The momentary misunderstanding of a child destroys all possibility of happiness in three lives.

5. "The Kite Runner": The beloved best-seller by Khaled Hosseini about two boys in peaceful pre-war Kabul, before the Russians, the Taliban, the Americans and the anarchy destroyed Afghanistan.

6. "Away From Her": The Canadian actress Sarah Polley makes her directing debut with a heartbreaking story of the destruction of Alzheimer's.

7. "Across the Universe": Possibly the year's most divisive film; you loved it or hated it.

8. La Vie en Rose : A virtuoso performance by Marion Cotillard as the beloved "Little Sparrow," the legendary singer closest to the hearts of the French.

9. "The Great Debaters": Denzel Washington's spellbinding film based on the true story set in 1935 about a debate team from Wiley College, an obscure black institution in Texas that defeated Harvard for the national championship.

10. "Into the Wild": Sean Penn's bleak but sympathetic drama is based on the real story of Christopher McCandless, an idealistic loner who trekked into the Alaskan wilderness and died there.

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