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Richard Crouse’s Oscar Primer

It’s Oscar time once again, and everyone is getting ready for the big event. There’s a lot of great movies out there, so we asked Canada AM’s Richard Crouse for his top picks.

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The nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced in February, but don’t let this be your only must-see-movie guide. We asked film critic Richard Crouse of CTV’s Canada AM for his fave flicks from 2009. These are his top ten:

10. Julie & Julia This touching movie mixes and matches the stories of blogger Julie Powell and chef Julia Child. You’ll leave the theatre after this film feeling better than you did going in.

9. Star Trek This film is a lot of things, but science fiction it ain’t. Actually, it’s a buddy picture-Kirk and Spock become friends-with eye-popping action scenes.

8. Precious If the word heartbreaking didn’t exist, it might have been invented to describe Precious, the story of Clareece Jones, a New York City teen with big problems.

7. Fantastic Mr. Fox Stylish stop-motion animation and wonky humour make the flick Fantastic Mr. Fox fantastic, indeed.

6. Up in the Air Director Jason Reitman takes the best of Juno and Thank You for Smoking and combines them into one seamless package.

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5. Coraline Based on the Hugo Award-winning book by Neil Gaiman, this is the rare animated film that succeeds both as mainstream entertainment and as art.

4. Where the Wild Things Are This magical adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak 1963 children’s book isn’t a movie for kids as much as it is a movie about being a kid.

3. Up A mix of state-of-the-art computer animation and the oldest form of communication-superior storytelling.

2. The Hurt Locker The most harrowing movie about the human cost of war since Coming Home.

…And Crouse’s top pick of the year?

1. Inglourious Basterds This story of Jewish Nazi-hunters won’t be for everyone, but love him or not, you certainly can’t accuse writer-director Quentin Tarantino of being boring.

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