THR's Top Ten pics are all over the map


When it comes to crafting our annual Top Ten Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter's movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. This year's lists display an ample range of films, so much so that no film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list, and each critic has a different best film.

The "winning" film, appearing on five of six lists, is "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's Mumbai medley of magic realism and romanticism that is one of the year's most lionized pics.

Three others appear on four lists: Christopher Nolan's marvelous crime melodrama "The Dark Knight," Gus Van Sant's political biopic "Milk" and James Marsh's doc "Man on Wire."

After that, it's wonderfully wild, ranging from the head-scratcher "Synecdoche, New York" to the oldsters-as-songsters doc "Young@Heart." Such little-seen films as Fatih Akin's German-Turkish drama "The Edge of Heaven" and Werner Herzog's documented travels to Antarctica, "Encounters at the End of the World," also make appearances.

Surprisingly, because four of us are members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., which chose "WALL-E" as best film, that Pixar/Disney pic turns up on only three lists and no top spots. (partialdiff)