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It is relatively simple, for me, at least. This annual list does not include expensive but unoriginal films based on comic books, video games, graphic novels, old movies that were bad, old movies that were good or sequels. It includes everything else and strives to recognize that a documentary, animated or foreign flick should be judged on its own merits and is potentially as valuable as any live action feature made in America. Are you all right with that? You better be. 1. Coraline In a world spoiled by technological wonder, Henry Selick's funny, dark, stop-motion magic is utterly entrancing. The parental doppelgangers in Coraline's otherworld are charmingly creepy but there is plenty of flat-out wonder too, including bareback riding of grasshoppers, a circus of mice and a color scheme that when viewed in 3-D is as satisfying as any psychedelically induced »


- Brad Schreiber

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