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Movies of the Year

News-Sentinel film critic Jason Wallis gives names his picks for the top films of 2009, from controversial horror flicks to children's movies loved by adults

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Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 12:00 am

I don't believe most people will remember 2009 as a standout year for film, especially because most of the high-profile summer and Christmas-time releases were pretty disappointing.

But if you knew where to look, last year actually had a lot to offer — particularly for fans of horror movies and/or family-oriented films, two traditionally dicey genres that experienced a mini-Renaissance and consequently dominate my top 10 list.

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8 comments:

  • posted at 3:37 pm on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    Make us all proud and put "Hurt Locker" in your NetFlix queue.:)

     
  • posted at 3:03 pm on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    jenn,seven films played at the local theater. two played within an easy driving distance, and two more are available at any video rental place.I for one appreciate movie critics who review lesser known films. It is nice to know they take the time to view films from lesser-known studios. Not every good movie comes from Disney or Pixar.By reading these types of reviews I learn about several types of films, some I may never have heard of. Get out of Lodi, Jenn, experience the wide world of cinema. There's a lot to see and experience besides the "mainstream".

     
  • posted at 5:54 am on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    Sorry, seven -- "The Hurt Locker," quite inexplicably, never made it here. It's probably going to win the best picture and best director Oscars, though, so I think it still counts as relatively "mainstream."

     
  • posted at 5:52 am on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    Exactly what I was going to point out, chef. If people limit themselves to what is playing at their local multiplex, they are missing out on an entire world of filmmaking.And to answer Jenn, eight of the top 11 played in Lodi, with "Antichrist" and "Trick 'r Treat" being available immediately on DVD or On Demand. "In the Loop" played in Sacramento, a mere 40-minute drive from Lodi.

     
  • posted at 5:35 am on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    There is a world that exists beyond Lodi. Part of reading a newspaper is learning about new things, like movies you've never heard of.

     
  • posted at 12:48 am on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.

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    I'm not in a box. Wanna tell me how many of those movies were actually shown at Lodi's one and only movie theatre?

     
  • posted at 3:26 pm on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.

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    jenn,all of these films were mainstream. perhaps you need to step out of your box? Most of the films listed were extremely popular, so I don't know how you have never heard of them?

     
  • posted at 4:55 am on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.

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    I've only heard of 4 of the movies he discusses. It would be nice if the LNS reviewer talked about mainstream titles that the general public is likely to see. Most of these sound obscure, at best, and not likely to be in anyone's NetFlix queue.

     
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