Looking back, without trying to think to hard about it, these are my
recommended movies from 2009 (titles are in alphabetical order within tiers).
The Hurt Locker
Julie & Julia (really just Julia, though)
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
500 Days of Summer
And here's a couple I really looked forward to and wanted to like more than I did:
Pictured: Kathryn Bigelow, director of 2009's best film.