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The Best (and worst) in Films - 2004

The Best Films
1. Sideways
In an abominable year of film, this is a movie so smart and witty that it will single-handedly reaffirm your faith in spending ten dollars to sit in a dark room.

2. Maria Full of Grace
The rare movie that manages to be heartbreaking without being depressing.

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The latest creation from the best screenwriter working today, Charlie Kaufman.

4. Fahrenheit 9/11
Important and compelling; itís only weakness was that more Republicans didnít see it.

5. Infernal Affairs
A role model for what American action films should be.

The Worst Films
1. Alien vs. Predator
The only movie that could possibly be worse would be a sequel.

2. The Chronicles of Riddick
Incontrovertible evidence that Vin Diesel should never headline a movie.

3. Van Helsing
I thought a movie where werewolves fighting vampires would have to be entertaining. I was wrong.

4. The Whole Ten Yards
Both Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry deserve consideration for worst performance of the year.

5. Man on Fire
Perhaps this is the first step in the slow decline of a very good leading man, Denzel Washington.

Best Performances
1. Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
2. Paul Giamatti, Sideways
3. Clive Owen, Closer

Worst Performances
1. Kate Beckinsale, Van Helsing
2. Bruce Willis, The Whole Ten Yards
3. Vin Diesel, The Chronicles of Riddick