Best 2009 films

Films I rated 8 stars or more made in 2009
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1.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Wow! A powerful and flawless film, with amazing performances, incredible directing, dynamic score, great story and great editing. Possibly the best film I have seen in 2009. Highly recommended! ” - NutterJr
 
2.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ Just when you thought that Pixar cannot get better... Just perfect! Now I think you cannot get better than this! ” - NutterJr
 
3.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Yet another immensely entertaining film by Tarantino full of engaging and witty dialogs, dark humour, graphic violence, an immensely talented Waltz (a performance worth many more awards - already Cannes festival award in the bag) and a thoroughly refreshing performance by Pitt. ” - NutterJr
 
4.
Sin Nombre (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
“ Love, hope, despair, loyalty, faith, pain, desire are just some of the emotions that are portrayed in this real film where the boundaries between evil and good are fluid and every moment lived is a random result of numerous uncontrollable factors. ” - NutterJr
 
5.
In the Loop (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
“ The definition of wit. Amazing roller coaster of fast pace dialogue, oozing with profanity and tangling in a fine mess which could make going to war such an easy decision to swing either way. ” - NutterJr
 
6.
The White Ribbon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Masterful directing, accomplished acting and thematically provocative. Violence is everywhere but never shown. In a small society like this one, no one can escape. Haneke once again shows his class. ” - NutterJr
 
7.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ J.J. has boldly taken the saga in places where many men (directors) wanted to take it before but failed to impress. I came out of the theatre wanting to buy another ticket and watch it again, back2back. ” - NutterJr
 
8.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ WOOOOAAAAH! Felt so real, I forgot I was watching a movie. A very welcomed unexpected surprise. If you like sci fi or action or simply to watch something simply pioneering, then rush to watch it! ” - NutterJr
 
9.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ It is not often you come across a comedy worth recommending. The script is very clever, combing a buddy movie through a reverse engineering way of trying to explain the unexplainable and make things right after a night that went very wrong. Galifianakis character is a blast! ” - NutterJr
 
10.
Precious (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ A hard movie which will not easily be forgotten mostly because of the outstanding performances of the whole cast and a staggering story which a reminder of how little humans have actually evolved over time. ” - NutterJr
 
11.
Avatar (2009)
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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. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Every now and then there comes a film that blows your minds and gets you all excited like a kid about what you've just seen. It is sometimes the acting that does it, or the intelligent script. Well this films has neither and yet it is mind blowing. It was because I was confronted with a whole new experience, something I had never seen before. Something I believe will change the way films will be made in the future. Many flaws in the film, such as the length compared with the plot, the excessive animation, the uninspiring story... But it is a bold, fresh and exciting and was the first film I have ever seen that received a standing ovation at the end. ” - NutterJr
 
12.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
“ Oozing with assured direction by the critically acclaimed Andrea Arnold, this study of adolescence stands out for its unflinching honesty, providing yet another astonishing example of the new British cinematic realism. Excellent performances by both newcomer Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender who has also been making waves in Hunger and Inglourious Basterds. ” - NutterJr
 
13.
Dogtooth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
“ A mix between Lynch and Haneke, this disturbed piece of story of manipulation to the highest degree, with very hard and haunting performances by the entire cast, captivates the audience and does not let go. It is not a story for everyone to watch, yet if you do it will be one you will want to talk about. ” - NutterJr
 
14.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ How does one know who the significant other for them is, the ONE they have been searching for? This is a story about boy meeting girl, falling hard for her, getting into a beautiful relationship, and how that unravels. Is she the ONE?
I truly believe both lead actors Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel have a great future ahead of them and their talent shone in this re-invented film about relationships. The director Marc Webb delivers something quite refreshing for his debut and I hope he goes on giving us little gems like this one. ” - NutterJr
 
15.
Ink (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
“ A dark and obscure Gilliam-esque fable about a mysterious creature, know as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. It might feel hard to follow at first, but this low budget gem, can easily create a cult following for those fortunate enough to come across it. ” - NutterJr
 
16.
Soul Kitchen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ With definitely the best soundtrack I have heard for a long time, this film is pure entertainment. If there was a category for top 10 of feel-good-movies of 2009, this one would be in it! ” - NutterJr
 
17.
Adam (2009)
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Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth. (99 mins.)
Director: Max Mayer
“ A beautiful film about love that leaves you all warmed up inside. Dancy is brilliant in portraying a guy suffering from Asperger's syndrome falling for the girl next door (played by Byrne who is a wonderful co-lead) who learns to love the man despite his idiosyncrasies. ” - NutterJr
 
18.
Lebanon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
“ Exposes our human vulnerability through 4 frightened, under-prepared Israeli soldiers reluctantly involved in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Shot entirely inside a tank, the sense of claustrophobia is vivid. ” - NutterJr
 
19.
Ondine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Neil Jordan is a master in being able to describe the emotional depth of the human psychic. Ondine however managed to captivate me also for the beautiful cinematography, the mesmerizing score, the surprisingly depth of Colin Farrel's acting and the beautiful interwoven fairytale. ” - NutterJr
 
20.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ Sam Rockwell is phenomenal, carrying the whole movie on his back. there is something Kubrickesque about this film that mesmerized me. The setting feels very realistic and the story line is refreshingly fresh... Pleasant surprise! ” - NutterJr
 
21.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Masterfully delivered by George Clooney, in a role that seems to fit him like a glove, like Michael Clayton similarly did before. The rest of the cast, completes the frame perfectly, with the on screen moments shared with Vera Farmiga verging on classic. The humour is dry and whilst touching on a sensitive current problem of unemployment and the isolation of man in modern society, it is delivered with pitch perfect direction from a director that has come to impress me in all his work I have seen (Thank you for not smoking, Juno). ” - NutterJr
 
22.
Whatever Works (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Attempting to impress his ideologies on religion, relationships, and the randomness (and worthlessness) of existence, lifelong New York resident misanthropist Boris Yellnikoff rants to anyone who will listen, including the audience. The chance encounter of a naive and un-moulded young girl in his life signals the beginning of his own social rehabilitation. Witty monologues and dialogs that only Woody Allen can deliver are in abundance making it one of the funniest dark comedies I have seen for a while. ” - NutterJr
 
23.
It's Complicated (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried. (120 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ Nothing complicated - simply delightful!
Baldwin/Streep are a great pair with ample chemistry between them. ” - NutterJr
 
24.
I Am Love (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle. (120 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
“ A very elegant and stylistically crease-less film that starts slowly and builds up to a powerful crescendo. Tilda Swindon is sublime as both a Russian woman of passion and a ice cold woman from Milan. ” - NutterJr
 
25.
Mother and Child (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own. (125 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ Some bonds are so strong that when broken the individuals previously connected can no longer function properly. Mother and child explore the mother and child bond and the effects it has on a woman desperately needing to be a mom and also a woman and her daughter separated at birth. The performances are pitch perfect from Bening, Watts and the remainder of the cast. ” - NutterJr
 
26.
A Single Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
“ A director with vision, with an eye for detail and and understanding of photography (Tom Ford one of the top designers for Gucci has all that in abundance) and a strong character performance (Colin Firth delivers a potent, eloquently internalized, award winning performance) combined bring us a beautiful, stylish and emotionally charged film worth watching. ” - NutterJr
 
27.
Cold Souls (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya. (101 mins.)
Director: Sophie Barthes
“ I always get excited when a script alone tickles me, but when it is combined with great acting then I am hooked. The script might remind you of "Being John Malkovich" and "The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind", whereas Paul Giamatti is better than ever before undertaking the difficult task of acting with and without his soul... ” - NutterJr
 
28.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
“ A raw documentary with a purpose. Clearly difficult to make, but even more evident having seen its significance. Proves once again that humans are the worse beasts who are prepared to kill for vanity, money or power. ” - NutterJr