Copyright Dawn Jones
Tommy Lee Jones is ranch foreman Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Copyright Dawn Jones
As part of Fresh Air's annual 10 Best edition, film critic David Edelstein offers his take on the year's crop of movies. And as part of his conversation with Terry Gross, Edelstein discusses movies opening this holiday season. David Edelstein is also chief film critic for www.slate.com.
1. Munich -- Steven Spielberg directed this retelling of the 1972 tragedy at the Olympic Games.
2. Junebug -- A young couple makes a trip from Chicago to North Carolina to renew family ties.
3. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit -- Nick Park's claymation pair are in more trouble than ever -- and having a ball.
4. Me and You and Everyone We Know -- New York-based performance artist Miranda July is the best thing about this intimate story.
5. War of the Worlds -- Astonishing special effects are paired with a human story that holds its own.
6. Shockeroonie Double Bill: The Aristocrats and Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic -- The potty-mouthed comedy films capture hilarious moments in modern life.
7. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada -- Tommy Lee Jones acted in and directed the film about a ranch hand trying to fulfill a promise in Mexico.
8. Grizzly Man -- The fascinating story of Timothy Treadwell, who died in 2003, was directed by Werner Herzog.
9. Under-Praised Genre Film double bill: Skeleton Key and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang -- Kate Hudson helped elevate Skeleton to a new, creepy level, while Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer made the buddy-cop spoof a winner with director Shane Black (of Lethal Weapon).
10. Nobody Knows -- Director Hirokazu Koreeda astounded audiences with the true story of four children going on with life -- entirely on their own -- after their mother leaves.
1. Domino -- For many audiences, the line in the preview "I am Domino. I am a bounty hunter" was warning enough.
2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- Like Domino, the translation of a true story fails to light up the screen.
3. Chicken Little -- The sky didn't fall, but cute alone can't sustain an animated movie.