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The Best (and worst) in Films - 2004

The Best Films
1. Super Size Me
Every single person living in America should see this movie. Morgan Spurlock creates an insightful, revealing and scary documentary about how poor eating habits (read: greasy, nasty, sugar-laden fast food) can make your body rot from the inside out.

2. Fahrenheit 9/11
Someone had to stick it to the man, and Moore's the guy to do it. People who lived in red states complained that the film was biased. These are the same people who think Fox News is actually "Fair and Balanced."

3A. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
An epic drama with all the ups and downs of an episode of Dallas, but with a lot more class and better acting. This Korean war drama will leave no eye dry.

3B. Garden State
Zach Braff's, the mastermind behind this cinematic gem and soon-to-be cult hit, writing is hilarious, witty and realistic and his directing posseses a poignancy and sharpness rarely seen in films this year, much less ever and hardly ever from a first timer.

4. Bright Young Things
A sexy, understated movie, based on the hilarious novel by Evelyn Waugh, set during the calm before the storm and offering up dry British humor at its best.

5. Napoleon Dynamite
Wes Anderson-esque dork chic with one of the best endings ever.

Honorable Mention: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, The Motorcycle Diaries and The Village

The Worst Films
1. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
A tale of sheer female desperation which set the women's movement back a couple of decades.

2. The Alamo
Movies like these are why the Republicans got re-elected

3. DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
It looked funny from the trailer but unfortunately those two minutes of film were the only good moments in the entire movie.

4. Princes Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Do I even have to say anything here?

5. Broken Lizard's Club Dread
No amount of weed could ever make one think this movie is funny.

Honorable Mention: The Big Bounce

Best Performances
1. Bryce Dallas Howard, The Village
Good 'ol Richie's little girl has grown up and she gives a knockout performance here that haunts you long after the credits roll.

2. Emily Mortimer, Bright Young Things
The actress shines here as a flighty socialite whose poignant turns can break your heart.

3. Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite
A part of me honestly thought that the actor who played the lead role was actually that dorky, a testament to his ability to portray complete and utter social ineptitude.

Honorable Mention: Bernie Mac, Mr.3000, David Carradine, Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Jamie Foxx in Collateral

Worst Performances
1. Sara Foster, The Big Bounce
Words can't describe how bad the acting job was here.

2. Kate Beckinsale, Van Helsing
Honey, if you're going to churn out work like this, stick to Gap (or beer) ads. Please.

3. Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones, Edge of Reason
Blubbering about and squinting in what seems to be pain, does not qualify as acting.

Honorable Mention: Dennis Quaid, The Day After Tomorrow and Gwyneth Paltrow, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow