Best of 2009


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Synopsis: A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron

Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver



Blind Side, The


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Synopsis: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writers: John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)

Stars: Sandra Bullock




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Synopsis: An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick

Writers: Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman



Cove, The


Synopsis: Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos

Writers: Mark Monroe

Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos and Hardy Jones



District 9

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Synopsis: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James and Jason Cope



Education, An

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Synopsis: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writers: Nick Hornby (screenplay), Lynn Barber (memoir)

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina



Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Synopsis: An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Roald Dahl (novel), Wes Anderson (screenplay), and Noah Baumbach (screenplay)

Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray



(500) Days of Summer

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Synopsis: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb

Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Stars: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt



Food, Inc.

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Synopsis: An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner

Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser and Richard Lobb



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