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Year 2007 Top Movie Picks

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

(Sacha Baron Cohen)

Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary, and not only generates strong reactions regarding his extreme prejudices, but also tries to meet and marry Pamela Anderson. (DVD)

Breach

(Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney)

When Eric O'Neill is promoted from a low-level surveillance job into the headquarters of the FBI, his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent is on the verge of reality. Hand picked to work for the renowned operative Robert Hanssen within a new division created to protect all classified FBI intelligence, O'Neill quickly discovers the true reason for his hire: Hanssen is the sole subject of a long-term, top-secret investigation, a suspected mole made all the more dangerous by the sheer global import of the information he is charged with protecting. Based on a true story. (DVD)

Charlotte's Web

(Voices of Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Kathy Bates, John Cleese)

A live-action adaptation of E.B. White's classic children's story. (DVD)

Flags of Our Fathers

(Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach)

The life stories of the five Marines and one Naval officer that were forever immortalized as a symbol of WWII by raising the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. Based on the Book by James Bradley. (DVD)

Hairspray

(Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes)

In 1962 Baltimore there are changes in the air, but plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, with big hair and even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance. When she wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corney Collins Show" she is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. (DVD)

Help!

(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron)

Ringo's life is imperiled by an ancient sacrificial ring stuck on his famous finger. When it makes him a target of a group of hilariously demented oriental mystics, they chase the boys from London to the Swiss Alps to the Bahamas. This fully restored version also includes such classic tunes as "Ticket to Ride," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "You're Going to Lose That Girl" and, of course, "Help." Directed by Richard Lester (DVD)

The Hoax

(Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis)

When his attempt to sell his latest novel to McGraw-Hill falls through, struggling author Clifford Irving manages to fool McGraw-Hill and Life magazine into thinking he is writing an authorized biography of Howard Hughes. Together with his best friend and partner, Dick Susskind, they go to extreme lengths to pull off their hair-brained scheme. The more outrageous the lies they concoct, the more believable they become and the more money gets thrown at them. Inspired by the unbelievable true story that shook the literary community in 1971. (DVD)

Knocked Up

(Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd)

Ben is a 23-year-old slacker who meets up-and-coming career girl Alison at a bar. After a "one night stand" Ben is shocked when Alison finds him and reveals that she is pregnant. Despite having little in common, the two decide that they have to at least try to make some kind of relationship work for the baby's sake. (DVD)

Letters From Iwo Jima

(Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara)

A companion piece to his earlier film, Flags of Our Fathers, director Clint Eastwood offers an equally thoughtful portrait of the Japanese forces who held the island for 36 days - even though they had been told by their superiors that they would not survive. Filmed in Japan with a primarily Japanese cast, the two films were released within two months of one another. In Japanese with English subtitles. (DVD)

The Lives of Others

(Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch)

In 1984 East Berlin Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Then Wiesler discovers that his superior has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In German with English subtitles. (DVD)

No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos

This lucid and devastating documentary offers an insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officals, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. (DVD)

Once

(Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)

A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano-playing florist. After a chance meeting on the street they quickly discover that they share a remarkable musical rapport and they soon determine to record an album together. (DVD)

The Painted Veil

(Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber)

Set in the 1920s, a young English couple - Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman - get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai where Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Based on the Novel by W. Somerset Maugham. (DVD)

Pan's Labyrinth

(Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú)

When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds that the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality, and she must fight them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine. Set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. In Spanish with English subtitles. (DVD)

Pride

(Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise)

Set in 1970's Philadelphia, a swim coach attempts to transform street kids into a swim team in time for the state championship despite the racism, violence, and threats from the community. (DVD)

The Queen

(Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell)

An intimate, moving portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Tony Blair following the untimely death of Princess Diana. The Queen's restrained reaction causes a public relations debacle that Prime Minister Blair must defuse. The two struggle to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an open display of mourning. (DVD)

Ratatouille

(Voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Peter O'Toole)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of one of Paris' most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents. (DVD)

Sicko

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by U.S. health care insurance companies -- companies who sacrifice essential health services in order to maximize profits. The film sheds light on how complicated it can become for communities and individuals, and the sacrifices they have to make when they are denied health care coverage. (DVD)

Sweet Land

(Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming)

Set in post-World War I Minnesota, a German woman arrives to meet the man she is to marry but the anti-German climate in the town creates obstacles for them. (DVD)

Talk to Me

(Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen)

Cheadle stars as outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, whose voice gave hope to the black community in Washington, D.C. during the turbulent 1960s. (DVD)

300

(Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West)

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of the same name. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history when Persian King Xerxes, leading an army of well over 100,000 men, was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other slave soldiers. (DVD)

An Unfinished Life

(Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman)

Two generations of a damaged family are brought together when crusty old rancher Einar's daughter-in-law - with his granddaughter in tow - come to stay with him at his Wyoming ranch. (DVD)

The U.S. vs John Lennon

The story of John Lennon's evolution from beloved Beatle to an outspoken artist and activist, to iconic inspiration for peace, and how, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in American history, Lennon stood his ground, refused to be silenced and courageously won his battle with the Nixon administration which was trying to have him deported. (DVD)

Waitress

(Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly)

A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her unborn child her life begins to change. (DVD)

Wild Hogs

(Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy)

Four middle-aged men decide to take a motorcycle road trip from Cincinnati to the Pacific in order to get away from their lives which are leading them nowhere. (DVD)

Zodiac

(Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.)

The true story behind the serial killer that stalked the streets of the San Francisco Bay area in the 1960s and 70s. The film looks into the lives of the four men most affected by the killer: San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong; and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. The work of a 20+ year investigation wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith as both men are obsessed with Zodiac - and both pay for this obsession as the killer has control not only over their careers but their very lives as well. (DVD)