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I hardly have time for full blown reviews but here's my ranking of movies I've seen so far this year:

The Departed - A
Casino Royale - A
Little Miss Sunshine - A-
Borat - A-
Pirates of the Caribbean: DMC - A-
She's the Man - A-
The Queen - B+
Superman Returns - B+
Marie Antoinette - B
Babel - B
Mision Impossible III - B
The Devil Wears Prada - B
The Da Vinci Code - B
An Inconvenient Truth - B
The Lake House - B
John Tucker Must Die - B
X-Men: The Last Stand - B-
Running With Scissors - B-
Step Up - C+
The Illusionist - C+
Aquamarine - C
Lady in the Water - C-
Varg

Saving Private Ryan

(This is reworked from an earlier essay comparing Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line, which some of you may remember.)

Great film is an illuminating thing: it shines its light into the dark recesses of humanity, revealing the greed, hatred, and hypocrisy that fester there.  Bad film is often just as revealing: its existence and reception serve as a mirror reflecting the hearts of its intended audience.  Saving Private Ryan is a classic example of the latter, in the flickering light of its propagandistic glow, the American people stand revealed for what they really are: stupid, self-absorbed, morally unsophisticated rubes ready to be fleeced by the first charlatan who comes along and tells them what they want to hear.