Behold: a top 10 movies list that doesn't include The Dark Knight. In a year that's hard to sum up, Stephanie Zarachek pulls together an eclectic mix of great flicks for Salon:
- Even repeated viewings don't betray any flaws in Happy-Go-Lucky, a "luminous" tale of a London school marm by British director Mike Leigh.
- French director Arnaud Desplechin wields "a weird kind of magic" with A Christmas Tale, which transcends cliché with its "sawtooth lyricism."
- Greg Kinnear as a ghost and Ricky Gervais as romantic lead? It works in David Koepp's "close to perfect" Ghost Town.
- A stellar cast sparkles in Cadillac Records, Darnell Martin's story of the famous Chi-town music label Chess Records. Beyoncé Knowles in particular is "supurb" as Etta James.
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