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The Best Films of 2010

I’ll go out on a limb and declare 2010 the best year for movies since I’ve been watching them, going back almost fifteen years. That has something to do with Netflix, through which I’ve accessed more foreign, independent, and documentary titles than ever before, but it’s more a credit to the work of great filmmakers.

2009 was the nadir. That year had no shortage of good films, and a few great ones, and I unreservedly stand by each I listed among the best, but there were few I felt unequivocally passionate about, few that held up against previous years’ offerings. I started to question myself, wondering if I’d lost some of the thrill of moviegoing. 2010 put that fear to rest.

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Dir. Samuel Maoz
(2010, R, 93 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Lebanon considers familiar themes about war – its split-second life-or-death decisions, its deleterious effects on the men who fight – but makes them startlingly urgent through the outstanding screenplay and direction of Samuel Maoz, who was inspired by his own service in the Israeli army during the Lebanon War of 1982. The action takes place entirely within the confines of a tank where four soldiers undergo the stress of combat, and in its dramatization of claustrophobic dread it takes Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours to school.

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