TOP TEN MOVIES of the year.
Fans were worried when director Bryan Singer jumped ship to helm Superman Returns but their fears were unfounded - replacement Brett Ratner did a fine job. Thrills galore and glorious sets ensured you never knew what to expect. The best of the X-Men trilogy.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
The plot was hugely convoluted and the film has the most horrible of abrupt cliffhanger endings - but it doesn't matter. The important thing is we had more of Johnny Depp camping it up as Captain Jack Sparrow. Brilliant.
The awesome animation from Pixar showed they have lost none of their flair for entertaining adults and kids. The tale of arrogant race car Lightning McQueen being forced to stay in sleepy hick town Radiator Springs is charming, funny and sad all at the same time.
More dazzlingly, manipulative filmmaking from Christopher Nolan of Memento fame. The story is told through a series of flashbacks within flashbacks, building up to a monstrous shock at the end. Stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are superb.
The best Bond movie ever. Daniel Craig confounded his critics with a performance no one could demean. This grittier, darker take on Bond as an emerging spy prepared to kill anyone, anywhere and fight dirty makes this a thrilling movie.
ICE AGE 2: MELTDOWN
This storming sequel to the hilarious original was mercifully not completely ruined by the immensely irritating Queen Latifah as a delusional mammoth. Great big laughs galore from Sid the sloth, Manny the mammoth and of course the skrat.
Bryan Singer's love of the Man Of Steel is clear throughout thanks to his long, lingering close-ups on that famous suit. His update on the story sees the lonely hero returning to Earth to find he hasn't been missed - but that's about to change. Thrilling.
The surprise hit of the year. Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film is a vast improvement on his Ali G movie. Criticism from those who didn't get the joke persists but the satire on American prejudices is stunningly well done. If you haven't seen it, do so.
The return of Martin Scorsese alone would guarantee a place on any best movies of the year list. But add Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg plus a twisty, fascinating plot and we're talking legend potential.
A happy, cutesy family film that is perfect for this time of year. It has a nice, eco-friendly message for kids, a great cast including Robin Williams and a great story about a penguin outcast who can't sing. The ideal holiday movie treat for all ages.