2005 in Review

  1. Crash, A, nice story of strangers running into each other
  2. Munich, A, simple story of vengence gets complicated fast
  3. Walk the Line, A, great story with outstanding performances
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, A, the dark side of business
  5. Lord of War, A-, arms dealing movie works on many levels
  6. Revenge of the Sith, A, this is why they did the 2 prequels
  7. Just Like Heaven, A, sweet, funny romance
  8. Serenity, A-, rewarding, but only for those who watched Firefly
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, A-, a great story brought to life
  10. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, B+, a welcome return for Wallace and Gromit
  11. The Interpreter, B+, well-acted light political thriller
  12. Sin City, B+, great visual concept, but gives out of gas early
  13. Capote, B+, well-crafted, but slow-moving
  14. The Wedding Crashers, B+, good writing and performances
  15. The Matador, B+, offbeat but entertaining
  16. Shopgirl, B+, gritty, bittersweet romance story
  17. The Constant Gardener, B, well executed but the story lets it down
  18. 40 Year Old Virgin, B, rough, but it made me laugh
  19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, B, disjointed
  20. A History of Violence, B, great story elements, but flawed
  21. The Notorious Bettie Page, B, true story less kinky than it seems
  22. The Upside of Anger, B, too shrill and dark to be funny and charming
  23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, B, expensive but uninspiring remake
  24. Must Love Dogs, B, cute but contrived romance
  25. The Corpse Bride, B-, entertaining, but lightweight Tim Burton fare
  26. Syriana, B-, informative but bland
  27. Everything Is Illuminated, B-, overtly quirky indie movie
  28. The Family Stone, B-, a family of unlikeable people
  29. Good Night and Good Luck, C+, moral battle came off as pretentious
  30. March of the Penguins, C+, fascinating, but overly dramatic
  31. Hotel Rwanda, C+, important must-see story, poorly produced
  32. Match Point, C+, boring drama about a cheating husband
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha, C, boring, sad story told at a snail's pace
  34. King Kong, C, great visuals, so-so acting, depressing story
  35. The Weather Man, C-, emotionally devoid story of a pathetic jerk