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2007 Top 10

The Year's Best Films

1. Away from Her
2. Brand Upon the Brain!
3. 3:10 to Yuma
4. Forever
5. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
7. No Country for Old Men
8. Ratatouille
9. Persepolis
10. Syndromes and a Century

Runners-up: Into the Wild, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, I'm Not There, The Savages, The King of Kong, The Lookout, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Zodiac, There Will Be Blood, No End in Sight, My Kid Could Paint That, Atonement, The Jane Austen Book Club, Paprika.

The Year's Worst Films (There But For the Grace of God Go You): Blood and Chocolate, The Number 23, The Condemned, Good Luck Chuck, Sydney White, Wild Hogs, The Astronaut Farmer, License to Wed, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Are We Done Yet?.

Overrated/Overhyped: American Gangster, Golden Door (Nuovomondo), Live Free or Die Hard, Waitress, Into Great Silence.

Underrated/Undersold/Overlooked: Gracie, Red Road, 12:08 East of Bucharest, The Last Winter, Color Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story, Goya's Ghosts, Outsourced, Great World of Sound, The Ten.

The Yellow-Bellied Coward Award goes to the studios that released Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Resident Evil: Extinction, Ghost Rider, Awake, Halloween, The Invisible, Saw IV, Kickin' It Old Skool, The Hills Have Eyes II, The Comebacks, Feel the Noise, Death Sentence, War, Illegal Tender, Skinwalkers, I Know Who Killed Me, Who's Your Caddy?, DOA: Dead or Alive, Delta Farce, Firehouse Dog, et al—the 2007 films not screened for critics. (A few of these charmers played for critics on the night before opening at 7:30pm or even in some cases as late as 9 or 10pm. These are the times when you see "TOO LATE FOR REVIEW" in your morning paper, though some particularly hardy internet critics will burn the midnight oil to review them.) And a "special citation" to 20th Century Fox, which for a time in 2007 held off most press from seeing films like The Simpsons Movie and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer until the same night they played to paying audiences (Fox since reconsidered the policy).

Coolest Titles: Hot Fuzz, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Worst Titles: The Brave One, Aliens vs. Pedator: Requiem, In the Land of Women, The Last Mimzy.

Aptest Titles: Are We Done Yet?, Next, Shoot 'Em Up, The Condemned.

Inaptest Titles: Good Luck Chuck, No Reservations.

Movies that Never Got Anywhere Near Me (damn!): G.I. Jesus, Diary of a Worm...And More Great Animal Tales, The Piccadilly Cowboy, The Cop, The Criminal, and the Clown, Jake Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in Deep Azure, I'm Reed Fish, The Worst Guy Ever, The Sasquatch Gang, Choking Man, Dirty Sanchez, Electric Apricot.

Demented Double Features/Marathon Madness:

  • Ghost Rider/Wild Hogs (highway to hell)
  • Bee Movie/Bug/Spider-Man 3 (arachnid-insect jamboree!)
  • Becoming Jane/Molière/Hannibal Rising (be there when it all started!)
  • Fido/Year of the Dog (brought to you by the Humane Society)
  • Black Book/Lust, Caution (mata hari madness!)
  • The Host/TMNT/The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (lovable mutants)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story/I'm Not There (death to the musical biopic!)
  • 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days/Lake of Fire/A Mighty Heart (warning: do not watch if pregnant)
  • Waitress/Knocked Up/Juno (do watch if pregnant...)
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