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The Best (and worst) Films of the Year

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While 2008 was no 1999 in terms of truly amazing films, it was better than most may think. Last year, I went with a top 10 that was headed by the wondrous and magical Once. This year, I decided to be a little more liberal with my selections and included 15 films that were all fantastic in their own unique ways. For me, though, two films really stood out above all the rest: Tell No One and The Wrestler. Accordingly, I've put them at the very top of my list. The rest are in alphabetical order. See each one of them and I promise you will have lived a better life once you're done.

TELL NO ONE - Few films ultimately deliver on the promise of a spectacular premise, but this French import certainly does. In a nutshell, eight years ago Alexandre Beck's wife was murdered. Today, he received an e-mail from her. The film takes that as a starting point and races through a richly convoluted plot that is as unexpected as it is satisfying. Further, François Cluzet gives a dazzling, wounded performance as the grieving husband. Tell No One may not be the most ambitious film of the year--it is a mere thriller after all--but it may be the most perfectly made.