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Ten Best Movies of 2007

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I had originally planned to forgo a "best of" list and just talk about all of the movies I enjoyed in this very deep and rich year. After some consideration, though, I decided I should stick my neck out a little bit and go with the best of the best. I'm sure I went with a few outliers and even ignored some consensus picks, but that's why you do these things, right? The hardest films to leave off were Juno, Sicko, Into the Wild and The Devil Came on Horseback--see them all if you haven't already. With that said, here's my ten best.

1. Once

I don't think there's any empirical way to determine what the best movie is in any given year. The tendency is to reward the ambitious and the epic because of the scope of their achievement. Had I gone that route I would have almost certainly picked the film that's currently #2 on my list. It is, by every measure, a masterpiece. This year, though, I did something a little different. Simply put, I selected the movie that I was most excited to share with other people and, hands down, that movie was the heartwarming, heartbreaking Irish musical Once.