Whether award-worthy or just sheer entertainment, these movies of 2009 really had us jazzed. Click through for 10 of our favorites.
In no particular order, we begin with Star Trek--J.J. Abrams reboot of the series looked great, had a compelling story and great acting to boot.
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This Pixar classic-to-be hit all the right notes: it not only looked gorgeous, it was also funny, heartbreaking, had fleshed-out characters and told a creative story. Winner!
Up in the Air
Snappy, fun and poignant, this George Clooney starrer resonated in a year of tough times. A crowd-pleaser from Juno director Jason Reitman.
The Hurt Locker
Who says women can't direct great action movies? Kathryn Bigelow got it right with this gritty, suspenseful, exciting war pic about a bomb squad stationed in Baghdad.
This will have to go down as one of Quentin Tarantino's classics--pitch-perfect funny, with an involving storyline and riveting performance by Christoph Waltz as a Nazi higher-up.
The sleeper hit of the summer was this low-budget sci-fi pic that was really a metaphor on Apartheid and the human condition. Executive produced by Peter Jackson, and with no stars, this little-engine-that-could of a movie went on to make over $100 million at the box office.
What happens in Vegas, gets forgotten about in Vegas! That was the premise of this laugh-out-loud buddy comedy about 3 groomsmen who lose the groom-to-be at his bachelor party in Vegas.
This campy horror comedy was all about one thing -- killing zombies! Woody Harrelson seemed to be having too much fun shooting, clubbing or running over the flesh-eating undead -- and we don't mean the paparazzi!
(500) Days of Summer
Not your typical romantic comedy about a boy who falls for the girl, but the girl doesn't. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel make the perfect couple -- or do they?!
Where the Wild Things Are
"Let the wild rumpus start!" Max declares in the Spike Jonze adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book. At times funny, sad, and even scary, Jonze's vision captures all of the feelings that the young boy Max goes through.