- The Aviator
- A dramatized view of the life of legendary Howard Hughes by director Scorcese, the film takes flight despite its bulk and baggage, and it's an
exhilarating ride while it lasts.
- Blueberry (France)
- Audiences ready to take a chance will be entranced by this visually splendid, entertaining and rich take on the classic American Western.
- With it's mix of adrenaline rush and intimate character study, this is an intelligent, mature thriller that's sure to please audiences of all types.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- A bittersweet, highly eccentric film that plays on the Hollywood idea of the romance and redefines it. Challenging to watch
but leaves an indelible impression.
- Fahrenheit 9/11
- Incredibly biased, inflammatory, and thoroughly fascinating, it blurrs the notion of entertainment and documentary creating the first truly "pop"
diatribe - and what a show it is.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- From the darker visuals to the engaging story, this is in many ways the best adaptation of the series thanks to the
strong stylish sense of director Cuaron.
(China - 2002) - An amazing wuxia film made in the grandest tradition, the film is both incredibly dynamic and downright poetic - and easily the best-looking
martial arts film ever made.
- Hotel Rwanda
- A dramatized true-life account of the Rwandan genocide, it's a courageous effort for a mainstream studio production and one that deserves to be
- House of Flying Daggers
- Romantic in terms of emotions, visual aspect and spirit, this is a high-flying action film really first and foremost a thing of beauty that is as much seen as experienced.
(Immortel) (France) - Based on Bilal's own rich graphic novel trilogy this is an impeccable adaptation of a classic work of imagination, a
technological leap forward for French cinema and, all told, a visionary science-fiction work.
- The Incredibles
- A high-powered computer animated comedy adventure that has a script that's as engaging as the dynamic fight sequences - witty, funny,
poignant, and ever so creative without losing its sense of fun. It's a delight.
Intruder (L'intrus) (France) - A strangely obscure drama with little dialogue but a terrific visual and intriguing storytelling sense makes this a rewarding
- Kill Bill - Vol 2
- A love letter from a real geek fan, it's a buffet of genre homages from Kung-Fu to Blaxploitation to Western, this is cinema at its most joyous.
- Life is a Miracle (Croatia)
- A movie that is indelibly joyous and downright humanist in its approach despite the hardships, visually splendid, passionate and
constantly amusing, Life is a Miracle is simply the most satisfying feel-good movie in ages.
- Million Dollar Baby
- A gritty, no-holds barred drama of a woman with nothing to lose, with a powerful (and controversial) tragic ending.
- Moolaadé (Senegal)
- An honest view of contemporary rural Africa it stands as a terrific,
and surprisingly engaging, example of local cinema.
- Spider-Man 2
- A wildly successful sequel to one of the best comic adaptations, mixing CGI action and - yes - character study to make it one of the most
engaging mainstream blockbusters in recent memory.
- Touching the Void
- A chilling story that graphically details the edge of one man's endurance and his dominating instinct of survival. A harrowing story, all the more
immediate and thrilling in that it's all true.