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Alex / December 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Slumdog Millionaire. I think that's it.

annie / December 30, 2008 10:28 AM

It just to happens my top picks are still out right now
1) Slumdog
2) Milk
3) The Wrestler

Dave Sandell / December 30, 2008 10:49 AM

1. Wall-E
2. The Dark Knight
3. Frost/Nixon
4. Let the Right One In
5. Slumdog Millionaire

Haven't seen Benjamin Button yet. Since I tend to line up almost exactly with Steve Prokopy, I'm expecting it to claim a spot near the top of this list. Also, Mickey Rourke's performance in The Wrestler was out-of-this-world.

Michael / December 30, 2008 11:40 AM

"Slumdog Millionaire" is definitely up there.

"The Dark Knight" was a great popcorn/action flick.

"The Fall" is out on dvd and well worth your time.

Gaigen / December 30, 2008 12:27 PM

I acutally liked "Rachel Getting Married". Surprised the hell out of me. It wasn't the one-note, whiney, my-personal-pain, blah blah blah I thought it was. Kinda funny, kinda different kinda...

But just to put my personal testerone levels back in balance I also loved Iron Man. It kicked ass

jennifer / December 30, 2008 1:24 PM

loved loved loved 'dit personne.' maybe one of the best story constructions ever. seriously, well done.

also loved kristin scott thomas in 'il y a longtemps que je t'aime.' she's really quite wonderful.

Eamon / December 30, 2008 2:56 PM

I don't know about "Best", but I was stunned by how much I liked "Iron Man". Laugh-out-loud funny and great action scenes. And no hokey romance.

Carlotta / December 30, 2008 9:35 PM

Per usual, the best were art house films (Siskel, Facets, Landmark Century, Music Box):

DOCUMENTARIES:
-- Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
-- Bigger, Stronger, Faster : The Side Effects of Being American
-- Up The Yangtze
-- Wings of Defeat (re kamakaze pilots)
-- Taxi to the Dark Side

DRAMA
-- 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
-- Elegy
-- The Edge of Heaven

COMEDY/SPOOFS
-- Teeth
-- War, Inc.
-- Kenny [mockumentary re corporate latrine services]
-- Last Stop for Paul
-- California Dreamin' (aka Endless)[Romanian]

Steven / December 30, 2008 10:43 PM

Went to only one in the theaters. Dark Knight and only to see Chicago. City never looked more impressive, inside and out. Hollywood should film more here. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm more than kinda tired looking at palm trees, red dirt and asphalt. Oh and plastic (literally) people.

R. Nelson / December 31, 2008 12:12 PM

I only made it to the show to see Indiana Jones and the Dark Knight, both of which I thought were OK. The best of 2008 for me was The Darjeeling Limited and Black Snake Moan. Sorry, I'm behind everyone else!

Carrie / January 1, 2009 12:51 PM

I loved The Darjeeling Limited... just watched it with my mom again the other night.

Wall-E and The Dark Knight were definitely enjoyed.

I cannot get over The Fall though-- it might be one of my favorite movies ever. It was beautiful-- the story, the scenery- everything. If you haven't seen it, see it.

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