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Top 15 Best Films of 2007: 10-5

WE pick out our 15 favourite films of 2007. Find out what made 10 to 5….

Emilio Estevez in Bobby

No.10: Bobby (15)

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins, Freddy Rodriguez, William H Macy, Christian Slater, Helen Hunt.

What’s the story? On June 4, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, 22 characters are preparing to welcome Presidential candidate and people’s champion Senator Robert F Kennedy. But the night of celebration is cut short by an assassin’s bullet in a moment that marked a watershed in US politics.

What we said: Now here’s something truly special. From its terrific ensemble cast to its emotional and political complexity, Emilio Estevez’s Bobby is one of the year’s finest movies. As writer, director and one of its many stars, Estevez has crafted a personal tour-de-force that takes one of the defining moments in American history and transforms it into something everyone can relate to… Come the emotional climax, viewers may be holding back the tears as the impact of Kennedy’s shooting – relayed by intercutting real footage – becomes etched on the faces of the characters we have come to know and love.

Trivia: It took Emilio Estevez seven years to complete the script for Bobby and he had to be convinced to continue writing by his brother, Charlie Sheen.

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Jeremy Renner in 28 Weeks Later

No.9: 28 Weeks Later (18)

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Catherine McCormack, Rose Byrne.

What’s the story? Six months after the rage virus has swept Britain the US army begins re-populating London. But the arrival of two children (played by Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton) and their reunion with their dad (Robert Carlyle) triggers a chain of events that leads to a fresh outbreak of the virus…

What we said: 28 Weeks Later is a breathtakingly ferocious horror film that’s easily the best thing to hit the genre since Neil Marshall’s The Descent. It’s tense, gory and relentlessly exciting, yet it also makes you care. What’s more, it furthers a potential horror franchise in a style not witnessed since James Cameron rebooted Ridley Scott’s Alien... The result is an utterly infectious experience that delivers the kind of exhilaration and bite that the horror genre has long since been missing.

Trivia: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff doubled for the interior of Wembley Stadium because, at the time of filming, the interior of the newly built Wembley was still under construction.

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George Clooney in Michael Clayton

No.8: Michael Clayton (15)

Starring: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton.

What’s the story? Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is a corporate “fixer”, the go-to guy when things threaten to become messy for the corporations he represents. When his long-time friend, mentor and colleague Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) suffers an apparent breakdown while defending an agro-chemical corporation against a class-action suit, Clayton is called in to exercise some damage limitation. But his loyalties are tested when it emerges that Arthur is attempting to sabotage the case for the benefit of the victims, a ploy that places both of their lives in danger.

What we said: Everything about Michael Clayton smacks of quality, from the classy performances of its first-rate cast to the tense, twisting script from writer and first-time director Tony Gilroy. George Clooney once again serves notice of why he’s one of Hollywood’s richest talents, while Gilroy combines the same kind of moral complexity with expertly staged confrontations that he brought to the screenplays for all three Bourne movies.

Trivia: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan that’s blown up in the film was first used in The Devil Wears Prada, when it had to be cut in two for use in process shots featuring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathway. It was then welded back together and repainted so that it could be blown up for Michael Clayton. It’s not easy being a Hollywood car.

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Russell Crowe in American Gangster

No.7: American Gangster (18)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ojiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Cuba Gooding Jr, Armand Assante, John Hawkes, Common.

What’s the story? In 1970s Harlem, a career criminal named Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) became one of the biggest crime lords in American history by cutting out the Mafia and importing pure heroin from Vietnam in the body bags of dead US soldiers. It was an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact he was black. Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), meanwhile, was a law-abiding cop whose determination to avoid corruption placed him at the head of a special investigations unit set up to combat drugs in the city. It was a role that would eventually lead to him bringing down Lucas.

What we said: This compelling true story is brought to vivid life in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, a powerhouse movie in every sense of the word that reunites two of contemporary cinemas true heavyweight stars – Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe – for the first time since, erm, Virtuosity... This is a serious movie in every sense of the word – one that evokes memories of the classic thrillers of the ’70s such as Serpico, The French Connection and The Godfather while maintaining a distinct identity of its own.

Trivia: While filming on location in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand, director Ridley Scott hired many extras from the local villages, some of who were actual participants in the drug-running operation of Frank Lucas during the Vietnam War.

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Knocked Up

No.6: Knocked Up (15)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann.

What’s the story? Successful TV floor manager Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) celebrates a surprise promotion by going out and getting drunk with her uptight sister Debbie (Leslie Mann). While there, she hooks up with amiable slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and ends up taking him home for a night of casual sex. But when she winds up pregnant as a result, Alison faces some big decisions including, most notably, whether to give Ben his unlikely shot at fatherhood and responsibility.

What we said: Judd Apatow is Hollywood’s new king of comedy. If breakthrough hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin flirted with moments of pure comedy gold that mixed dirty silliness with heartfelt emotion, then Knocked Up seduces us wholesale with its spunky jokes and heart-warming sentiment…. From the start, Apatow deftly combines laugh-out loud comedy with strong characterisation, turning the film into one of the most entertaining rides of the year in spite of its predictability.

Trivia: Judd Apatow has stated that the film is partially based on the birth of his and Leslie Mann’s first daughter, Maude (who also appears in the film). Scenes lifted straight from reality include Ben trying to get their doctor on the phone and cursing when he can’t; the cantankerous staff physician who Ben has to take out in the hall to calm down; the argument on the way to the clinic where Allison throws Ben out of the car and the heated row at the clinic that follows; and the scene where Allison tries to take a bath to calm herself just before going to the hospital.

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