The best and worst of this year's movies

Al Alexander

It wasn't a great year for movies, but it was an interesting one. Here's a look back at the picks, pans and ponderings from cinema 2009:

Best film: "Inglourious Basterds"

Best actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"

Best actress: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best supporting actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Best ensemble: "In the Loop,"  James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, Anna Chlumsky and Peter Cappalti

Best director: Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best new filmmaker: Marc Webb, "(500) Days of Summer"

Best documentary: "Food, Inc."

Best romantic comedy: "(500) Days of Summer"

Worst romantic comedy: "The Ugly Truth"

Best horror flick: (tie) "Zombieland" and "Drag Me to Hell"

Worst horror movie: "Orphan"

Best comedy: "In the Loop"

Worst comedy: "All About Steve"

Best foreign language film: "Baader Meinhof Complex"

Best song: The Weary Kind, "Crazy Heart"

Most in need of a new agent: Katherine Heigl, "The Ugly Truth"

Best animated film: "Up"

Most overrated films: "Avatar," "District 9," "The Hangover," "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Precious"

Most underrated: "State of Play," "Drag Me to Hell," "Sugar," "The Brothers Bloom"

Biggest surprise: "The Hurt Locker"

Best movie you probably never heard about: "35 Shots of Rum"

Best new actresses: Carey Mulligan, "An Education," and Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

Best new actors: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker," and Chris Pine "Star Trek"

Worst movies

1. “All About Steve”: Hard to say what was worse: Sandra Bullock's shrill performance or a script that embarrassingly made light of stalking.

2. “Bride Wars”: Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway gave women and acting a bad name with their loud, obnoxious battle of the bridezillas.

3. “Terminator: Rise of the Machines”: No wonder Christian Bale went ballistic in his now infamous on-set tirade. If I were stuck in this futuristic stinker, I'd rant and curse, too.

4. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”: Michael Bay sadly proved yet again that you don't have to have any talent to make a blockbuster - just gullible people with questionable taste.

5. “Where the Wild Things Are”: Spike Jonze proved he was nothing without Charlie Kaufman ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich") in directing this incomprehensible and just plain inexcusable degradation of Maurice Sendak's classic picture book.

Biggest disappointments

1. “Public Enemies”: Michael Mann managed to turn the fascinating life of outlaw John Dillinger into a colossal bore that shot nothing but blanks.

2. “The Watchmen”: The much-ballyhooed adaptation of the popular graphic novel proved to be mediocre, at best. Who's watching “The Watchmen”? Judging by the box office receipts, hardly anyone.

3. “Amelia”: A dull script and Hilary Swank's even duller portrayal of Amelia Earhart kept Mira Nair's biopic about the flying ace from ever getting off the ground.

4. “Funny People”: Judd Apatow's serio-comic tale of love and regret never found the right tone in his attempt to reveal the dark side of comedians. He also never found any laughs, despite having Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen at his disposal.

5. “Precious”: After all the hype, I was expecting something revolutionary, but all I got were ugly black stereotypes and laughable melodrama.

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