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My List of the Best/Worst Films of 2009

05/25/2011 03:00 pm ET

While it's traditional for critics to assemble lists of the best and worst films of the year, for some reason, I'm a lot more worked up about my list of the worst films. Maybe it's because there are so many of them that represent everything that's wrong with movies today.

But let's start with my list of the 10 best films of 2009:

1. Up in the Air
2. The Hurt Locker
3. A Serious Man
4. Precious
5. Up
6. Avatar
7. In the Loop
8. Inglourious Basterds
9. The Cove
10. Duplicity

That really doesn't tell the story of the year. Because while several of these are among my favorites, there are a number of other movies I could just as easily assemble into a list of movies I would highly recommend from this year's lineup. For example, here's a list of what I thought were the best films that hardly anybody saw: