I’m listening to the critics at Slant Magazine this year.

Why? Well, because both of them picked The New World as the best film of 2005, having seen only a hastily fashioned awards-consideration version.

Looking at their picks for this year, I’m already agreeing with several of their choices. And some of them I haven’t seen yet, but I’ll have to get out to track them down now.

I’ll be publishing my list on New Year’s Day, but that’ll be just an early version. Several key 2005 films are still on my must-see list.

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