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Reverse Shot’s Best of 2009

Reverse Shot’s Best of 2009

In the coming months, moviegoers will continue to be inundated by prestige piffle: films conceived with awards in mind and primped and preened by their studios and distributors for maximum Oscar impact. In the past decade, more Academy hopefuls have been squeezed into the final weeks of the year than ever before—more often than not films that will be forgotten mere months after the annual gold statuettes are passed out (when’s the last time anyone discussed Finding Neverland, Ray, Atonement, A Beautiful Mind, et al, with a straight face?). Perhaps that’s why the end of the year is indeed a good moment to remind viewers of the very best—works of art not necessarily created with eyes on the prize. The greatest films released in the United States in the past twelve months—determined, as always, by polling our major contributors from 2008, with the highest ranked film receiving the most votes, and so on—ranged from the U.S. to Argentina to France to Kazakhstan. There was indeed treasure everywhere; we only wish we had space to extol more favorites (Drag Me to Hell, Coraline, The Limits of Control, You, the Living, and Liverpool, to name a few). [Capsules written by Emily Condon, Eric Hynes, Michael Koresky, Adam Nayman, Jeff Reichert, Michael Joshua Rowin, Damon Smith, Elbert Ventura, Chris Wisniewski, and Genevieve Yue.]

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