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Reel Life Top Ten Movies of 2007

once2007 was a great year for the movies.  This year’s films featured many great stories of individuals dealing with the choices and uncertainties of life.  More than 20 titles could easily have ended up on our top ten list.  There are also films absent from our list because we simply haven’t seen them – films like There Will Be Blood, Juno, Sweeney Todd, and The Savages.  For this reason, we reserve the right to update our list in February.  However, based on the 70+ films we saw from this year, here are our favorite ten movies of 2007.

1)   Once – a touching story of two people drawn together by
      their love of music.  This is how musicals should be done.

2)   Into the Wild – the true story of a man who finished his college education for
     his parents and then rejected everything that our consumer-oriented culture
     wants us to be.

3)  3:10 to Yuma - quite simply the best western movie in the past ten years.  An
     honest man finds himself face-to-face with a seasoned criminal.

4)  Away From Her – a couple married 50 years deals with the tragedy of
     dementia in a heart-breaking story of what love really means.

5)   Reign Over Me – an old college friend steps up to initiate the healing of a man
     devastated by the 9.11 tragedy.

6)   Ratatouille – a street rat breaks free of stereotypes to pursue his natural gifts
     and great passion for cooking and fine food. 

7)   Michael Clayton – a tired legal ‘fixer’ sets out to save a multi-million dollar
     case that has been derailed by the failing sanity of his mentor.

8)   The Great Debaters – inspirational historic piece about the issues and
     accomplishments of highly educated African Americans in the early 20th
     century.

9)   American Gangster – the story of a street-trained hood who uses friends and
     family to establish his own drug and violence-fueled empire.

10) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – the real 
     story of Jesse James’ death, far different than the one shaped by the media of
     the day.


Honorable Mention
Atonement, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Breach, Bridge to Terabithia, Eastern Promises, The Kingdom, Live Free or Die Hard, No Country for Old Men, Sicko, Stardust, Waitress, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Zodiac

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