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The Must List: February 9, 2007

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The Must List: February 9, 2007

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1. VOLVER
We’re beginning to wonder if Pedro Almodóvar’s sublime and dazzlingly Day-Glo’d foray into the mysteries of womanhood was even on the Best Foreign Language Film ballots. Review >

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2. SHAREEKA EPPS
Her thoughtful portrayal of an inner-city junior high schooler in Half Nelson shows an intelligence and ability seemingly worlds beyond her 17 years. Review >

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3. BILL CONDON
The Dreamgirls director splendidly breathed life into a project long thought unfilmable — and coaxed Oscar-nominated performances from two of the film’s stars. Review >

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4. PAN’S LABYRINTH
It’s hard to ignore the visual effects — dark, creepy, and elegantly applied — that made Guillermo del Toro’s grown-up fairy tale convincingly real. Review >

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5. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
It’s not easy playing a queen. Perhaps even harder is playing a self-absorbed and heartbreakingly self-destructive ex-junkie-thief like she did in Sherrybaby. Review >

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6. EMILY BLUNT
Unforgettable as the comically ambitious fashion-magazine assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, she more than held her own against Der Streep. Review >

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7. MATT DAMON
His work as a whip-smart cop working for the Boston Mob in The Departed — and as a buttoned-down secret agent in The Good Shepherd — was thoughtful, restrained, and brilliant. Review >

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8. MICHAEL SHEEN
In The Queen, his shrewd, charismatic, and media-savvy Tony Blair was the populist fire to Helen Mirren’s clueless and detached regal ice. Review >

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9. JASON REITMAN
The first-time director showed talent behind the camera with Thank You for Smoking, but also deserves kudos for a razor-sharp screenplay based on Christopher Buckley’s acerbic novel. Review >

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10. CHILDREN OF MEN
A great script. Solid performances from a first-rate cast. And the most visually compelling direction in years. So why no Best Picture love? Review >