Best Movies from 2007
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1. Board Game: Spider-Man 3: The Ultimate Game [Average Rating:3.32 Unranked]
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Spider-Man 3
Although not my personal favorite, this was the top grossing movie of 2007, taking in more than $336.5 million at the box office. It featured a great performance from Thomas Hayden-Church as a terrific villain, the Sandman. But the movie also tries to cram in two more story lines, with Venom and a new Green Goblin. The result is that it feels really forced in some places, and undeveloped in others. It seems like this could have been two good movies instead of one mediocre one. Still, not a bad summer flick to enjoy with the kids.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413300/
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2. Board Game: Iwo Jima: Valor of Arms, 19 Feb. – 25 March 1945 [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:7385]
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Letters from Iwo Jima
This is my favorite movie from 2007. Although technically released in December 2006, it actually didn't hit most theaters until January. The film earned an Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Writing - Original Screenplay. It's an incredibly engaging story that left me thinking about it long after I left the theater.

Letters is an incredible drama and easily beat out my next-favorite movie, No Country for Old Men.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0498380/
 
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3. Board Game: Surf's Up: Big Wave Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Surf's Up
I have two young boys, so most of the movies that I get to see are the family-friendly variety. This was my favorite of the bunch, beating out Ratatouille, Firehouse Dog, the Simpsons (I was a hero when I convinced Mom this would be ok), Spiderman 3, Fred Clause and a few others. (Note that my kids saw Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End without me.)

Anyway, lots of laughs in this one, a good story, great animation and quality voice-over work. Not quite on par with most Pixar movies (except Ratatouille, which missed the mark for me), but a pretty fun ride.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423294/
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4. Board Game: Butterfly [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The diving bell and butterfly (Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (2007))

A true story about the editor of "Elle" who got a stroke, and can only move his left eye.

He learns to communicate with only this left eye, and eventually writes a book.

Really fascinating (and true!) story!
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5. Board Game: Dawn Patrol [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4074]
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Rescue Dawn

Not a great year for movies so far (I've yet to see some biggies, though, admittedly), but Rescue Dawn is probably the best movie I've seen. This fictionalization of Dieter Dengler's real-life escape from a Laotian/Viet Cong prison camp is truly gripping, and, while Christian Bale was excellent, it is Steve Zahn's performance that continues to haunt me. To be watched along with director Werner Herzog's documentary of the same subject, Little Dieter Needs to Fly.

Runner-up (so far): I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, a gentle and funny comedy by Jeff Garlin about an overweight improv actor's romantic foibles.
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6. Board Game: Twisted Tales [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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No Country for Old Men - twisted, engrossing, ambiguous, and arty. You'll leave scratching your head but entertained. Note for those who demand a Hollywood ending - rent Spiderman 3 instead (also entertaining!)
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7. Board Game: The Amazing Race: DVD Board Game [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:14809]
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Amazing Grace

The story about the man who brought about the end of slavery in Britain, William Wilberforce.

One of Wilburforce's compatriots, John Newton, a former slave captain, wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace".

A great performance by Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce.




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8. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:951]
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INLAND EMPIRE

Inland Empire is David Lynch at his absolute greatest, which means you're either going to love it or hate it passionately. This is the kind of movie where most of the audience walks out of the cinema half way, slamming the door in disgust on the way out, and the woman behind you mumbles "this is ridiculous" throughout the entire three hour epic; and the other half gets to see Laura Dern shoot the scary clown and a glorious Bollywood style finale featuring a lumberjack, a monkey and a prostitute with one leg.

Five stars!
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9. Board Game: Clash [Average Rating:3.82 Unranked]
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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

The marvelous life of one of the most significant figures in rock music, brilliantly told. It is fascinating, and it is entertaining, and at times - such as the footage of Joe, unaccompanied in the studio, laying down the vocals for "White Riot" - electrifying.

(Also, the two seconds that the Sex Pistols are in the movie do a better job of explaining why Tony Wilson changed his life than the first 20 minutes of 24 Hour Party People.)
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10. Board Game: Ratatouille Remy Kitchen Quake Game [Average Rating:5.21 Unranked]
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Ratatouille

It was a bad year at the theaters, in my opinion. I didn't see very many movies, and of those I did see, most were pretty lame. There are only 2 that I did enjoy, this one and Transformers. But even these were not the greatest.
 
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11. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
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I didn't see many movies this year but Bridge to Terabithia was the best 2007 movie I've seen.
 
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12. Board Game: King Oil [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5468]
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No There Will Be Blood? Shameful!
 
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