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Movie yearbook 2007 edition

My annual Herald Movie Yearbook, in which I take one last look back at the year in movies, is running this Friday. The complete list will appear in the Weekend section, but here's a little preview:

Sm3 Best comic-book movie: Spider-Man 3. Yeah, I know, I know. You're wrong.

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Ghostrider Worst comic-book movie: Ghost Rider.

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Viggo Best fight sequence: In Eastern Promises, Viggo Mortensen, wearing nothing but his tattoos, takes on two knife-wielding assailants in a bathhouse.

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Norbit Worst timing: Dreamgirls' Eddie Murphy, once favored to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, went home empty-handed in part for starring in the lowbrow Norbit, released mere weeks before Oscar night.

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Stardust Best movie practically everyone ignored: The late-summer fantasy Stardust - a Princess Bride for a new generation.

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Sweeneytodd Best stage-to-screen adaptation: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in which Tim Burton went for the jugular and came up with a demonic work of art.

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28weeks Scariest movie: 28 Weeks Later.

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300 Most rallying battle cry: "Spartans! Prepare for glory!" - King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) to his vastly outnumbered, surely doomed troops in 300.

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Livesofthers Most touching line of dialogue: "It's for me." - the German secret service police agent in The Lives of Others played by the late Ulrich Muhe, who passed away this summer at age 54 from stomach cancer.

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Superbadjonah Best portrayal of adolescent angst: Jonah Hill, a curly-haired, bug-eyed, hilariously profane ball of short-tempered, hormonal rage in Superbad.

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Dylan Best Bob Dylan impersonation: In a movie filled with them, I'm Not There's Cate Blanchett trumped her male co-stars (including Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Christian Bale).

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Affleck Best example of a previously goofy actor revealing serious dramatic chops: Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Gone Baby Gone.

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Zodiac Most unnerving moment: "Before I kill you, I'm going to throw your baby out the window." - the Zodiac killer to a stranded motorist (Ione Skye) riding in his car with her child on her lap in David Fincher's Zodiac.

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Knockedupruddmann Funniest - yet still perceptive - depiction of marital discord: The increasingly vicious spats between a supposedly happily married couple (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) in Knocked Up.

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Therewillbeblooddaylewis Performance of the year: Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood: "An ocean of oil under our feet."

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Hogs Most inexplicably successful crowdpleaser: Wild Hogs, which grossed $252 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem lumbered ever closer.

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erwin

Rene, did you get a chance to watch Youth Without Youth this year? I'm really curious to know how that film was and if it's heading for Miami soon.

ReneRodriguez

Youth Without Youth opens in S. Fla. on Jan. 11. I've seen it: It's an extremely experimental piece by Coppola, probably the "smallest" film he's ever made in terms of how personal it is. It is also inscrutable and dull, unfortunately.

erwin

That is definately a shame to hear. I'll still watch it to make up my own mind but my expectations are now more humbler.

Juan

28 Days Later was an AWEFUL movie. Scary? The only thing scary in that movie was how utterly idiotic everything all the characers in the movie did. I'm sorry, i can only take so much stupidity and lack of logic tossed at me before i start calling "bullshit"

Juan B.

In the Eastern Promises fight, which of the three guys had the biggest weapon?

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