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When it's time to look back at the year in movies, most critics tend to agree on one thing: it could have been better. That'll likely be the case this year as well, but what many will no doubt fail to realize is that 2008 also delivered arguably some of the best films of the decade. "The Dark Knight" set numerous box-office records and changed the face of the superhero genre forever, while "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" captured the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers all around the world. Of course, there weren't many other great movies beyond that (notice that resident BE critics David Medsker and Jason Zingale share seven films on their respective Top 10 lists, including their top picks), but it wasn't all Hollywood had to offer. Crowd-pleasers like "Iron Man" and "WALL·E" did well both critically and commercially, and if you live in a big city, you also got the chance to check out smaller fare like "The Wrestler," "In Bruges" and "Let the Right One In."

On the flip side, 2008 was a disastrous year for the industry. Along with the usual collection of box office flops, parody movies and anything starring Eddie Murphy, a sudden desperation to cut costs in lieu of the struggling economy marked the end of several studios. Warner Bros. assimilated its sister company New Line and closed down two other divisions (Warner Independent and Picturehouse), while blossoming indie studio Paramount Vantage was also given the axe. Now, Fox Searchlight and Focus Features are the only major indie studios remaining (that is, if you don't count The Weinstein Co.), and if the bigwigs in charge don't smarten up and do whatever they can to keep these gems running, 2009 is going to be a very sad year at the movies.

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