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The Best Films of 2007

10. The Brave One:Jodie Foster effortlessly steps into the shoes of a badass vigilante in Neil Jordan's deliberately-paced yet sporadically electrifying action flick.

9. Michael Clayton: Though the first hour barely makes a lick of sense, Michael Clayton eventually morphs into one of the most exciting (and intelligent) thrillers to emerge from Hollywood in quite some time.

8. Gone Baby Gone: Ben Affleck redeems himself following a few questionable acting gigs with this somber, downright affecting directorial debut.

7. The Lookout: Screenwriter Scott Frank makes his directorial debut with a fascinating crime tale that's anchored by a surprisingly masterful performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

6. Sunshine: Avant-garde filmmaker Danny Boyle brings his indelible sensibilities to the sci-fi genre with expectedly awe-inspiring results.

5. Angel-A: Luc Besson's off-kilter drama features some seriously impressive cinematography and a storyline that yields an unexpectedly visceral response from the viewer.

4. Atonement: A brilliant adaptation of a brilliant novel, Atonement boasts several Oscar-worthy performances and one of the most impressive unbroken SteadiCam shots in cinematic history.

3. The Kite Runner: This moving and beautifully acted adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel benefits from the inclusion of an absolutely riveting third act.

2. There Will Be Blood: Paul Thomas Anderson emerges from a five-year absence with a challenging, endlessly captivating piece of work that boasts a brilliant performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Easily one of the most emotionally devastating films ever made, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly effectively forces the viewer to imagine a life trapped inside one's own body. Draining yet thoroughly rewarding.


The Worst Films of 2007

10. Home of the Brave: In spite of the best intentions of everyone involved, Home of the Brave comes off as a laughable and hopelessly overwrought exercise in tedium.

9. Youth Without Youth: Pretentious and nonsensical, Youth Without Youth makes Francis Ford Coppola's mid-'90s output look positively masterful by comparison.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: While not quite as interminable as its endless predecessor, At World's End nevertheless ensures that this seriously underwhelming series ends with a whimper.

7. Margot at the Wedding: Director Noah Baumbach takes his low-rent sensibilities to a whole new level, in a film that boasts a collection of uniformly unpleasant characters.

6. Becoming Jane: Simplistic to an almost absurd extent, Becoming Jane has little to offer all but the most undiscerning teenaged girl.

5. License to Wed: Robin Williams in a grating, unfunny comedy? Who would've thought?

4. Hitman: A perfect example of everything that's wrong with contemporary action movies.

3. I Know Who Killed Me: Overlooking the fact that Lindsay Lohan plays a stripper who never takes off her clothes, I Know Who Killed Me suffers from an incredibly incompetent directorial style and a storyline that doesn't even seem to be trying to make sense.

2. Halloween: Rob Zombie raped my childhood.

1. Transformers: Leave it to Michael Bay to screw up something as simple and seemingly foolproof as fighting robots.

© David Nusair