The year in film, 2006
1. Pan's Labyrinth A seamless blend of fairy tale and political allegory provides the foundation for this wholly original phantasmagoria.
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2. Volver No modern male director loves the community of women more than Almodóvar, as this triumphant love song attests.
3. United 93 Smart and harrowing, this is one movie whose impact can't be quieted with the words, "It's only a movie."
4. Letters From Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood's terrific war movie almost makes up for his sentimental Flags of Our Fathers earlier this year and is a surprising coup for first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita.
5. Army of Shadows Although made in 1969, this French film was not released here until 2006 and shows that Jean-Pierre Melville packed an emotional punch with this story of the French Resistance.
6. The Queen I was surprised by how taken I was with this astute story about a contemporary royal in distress and out of touch with her people.
7. Borat: CLAMBGNK Nothing this year made me laugh as hard as this litigators' feast. And whoever imagined that Roseanne Barr's insulting delivery of "The Star-Spangled Banner" could be outdone?
8. A Prairie Home Companion My affection for Robert Altman having waned considerably in recent years, I was charmed here by the filmmaker's return to compassionate humanism.
9. The Proposition With a script by musician Nick Cave and terrific performances by all, this Australian Western is proof that the genre is not moribund.
10. Apocalypto Despite lapses in logic and historical accuracy, Mel Gibson's film mesmerizes with its heretofore unseen world and leaves us panting from its breathless chase.