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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 08/29/2005

Last of the Summer Movies

By Jen Chaney

The summer movie season is officially coming to a close, which doesn't seem possible. Seems like just yesterday everyone was gearing up for "Revenge of the Sith"; now we're already stuck in Labor Day/"Transporter 2" mode? It almost makes me long for those crazy, hazy days of TomKat.

While I caught a number of films over the past four months, I feel like there's so much I still need to see. Apparently, many Americans don't necessarily share that sentiment, as box office attendance is reportedly down by 11 percent compared with this time last year. But surely there are some films that you'll remember from the summer of '05.

Here's what ranks on the top of my many mental movie lists. I hope you readers will add your own lists and opinions under our comments section:

Best Documentary: "Murderball." Granted, I still need to see "March of the Penguins" (it's at the top of my catch-up list), but it will have to be pretty amazing to top this intense, inspiring and, sadly, overlooked doc about wheelchair rugby players.

Funniest Flick: I have to go with "The 40 Year-Old Virgin." In a summer that served up several entertaining comedic offerings ("Wedding Crashers" and "The Aristocrats" immediately spring to mind), this was the one that made me giggle most consistently.

Worst Movie: "Bewitched" was bad, but "Fantastic Four" was worse. If you can't do anything interesting with a comic book movie, please, don't do anything at all.

Best Blockbuster: I got a kick out of the visceral thrills in "War of the Worlds," but for overall story quality and entertainment value, I have to go with "Batman Begins." Though it didn't earn uniformly rave reviews, I have yet to talk to any non-critics who didn't really love the movie, as well as Christian Bale's practically perfect performance.

Consider this part one of a two-part post. The sequel comes to a GOG Blog near you next week when I ask the inevitable summer movie follow-up question: Which fall movies are you itching to see?

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | August 29, 2005; 12:31 PM ET
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Murderball is a great documentary and absolutely worth seeing. But don't overlook Mad Hot Ballroom in the Best Doc category for this summer. It is probably more appealing to those who might not be drawn to the genre and you leave the film feeling energized and ready to sign of for your own dance classes.

Posted by: EB | August 31, 2005 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Serenity and Mirror Mask are the two fall films that have been getting oustanding reviews from pre-screenings and film festivals. Two very different movies that look like they will both be great.

Posted by: Dan | September 2, 2005 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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