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Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in a scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
NPR resident film critic Bob Mondello looks back at the films released in 2004, and finds a handful that prove to filmmakers that you can create films that deal with politics, memory and religion and not suffer at the box office.
Mondello's Picks for 2004:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Maria Full of Grace
Good Bye Lenin!
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Million Dollar Baby
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Hear past reviews of many of the films on Mondello's "best of" list: