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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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It’s a new year and a good time for wishful thinking. Ballots have been mailed to Academy Award voters and must be returned by January 14, so to all my Oscar-voting readers — let’s for the moment assume I have any — here are some eligible contenders you haven’t been hearing about but deserve your attention.

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ghost writer

Dir. Roman Polanski
(2010, PG-13, 128 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

I have seen enough movies that twist fatigue sets in quickly. In some thrillers you can feel them pulling you through the maze, guiding you from plot point to plot point, and in the wrong hands you find yourself bored by the contortions of the screenplay. Instead of engrossed by a story you’re anticipating the beats. “Are we there yet?” you ask the driver. “Wait,” he says, “I’ve got something great to show you.” You roll your eyes and hunch down in the back seat. “Wake me when we get there.”

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