10 Best Movies of 2009

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Where the Wild Things Are

Some readers thought I lost my shit falling so hard for the penetrating look into childhood that director Spike Jonze made of Maurice Sendak’s kid classic. Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) is an untamed visionary. And if he wants to combine the superlative young actor Max Records with nine-foot puppets, let him. All the joy and misplaced rage that goes into being a kid is in this movie. In time, you’ll know I’m right. Apologies accepted.

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