1. Va, Vis et Deviens. Best movie ever, so real it didn't feel like a movie. It's a movie about an Ethiopian boy whose mother made him leave their refuge camp and pose as a Jewish Ethiopian woman's son so he would have a better life in Israel. He begins to truly become Jewish, spiritually, and his secret is a burden to him as he makes friends and becomes close to his adoptive family. He dreams of the day where he can help his people and see his mother again. Incredibly touching movie.
2. The Constant Gardner. Quayle, a shy, low-rung British diplomat and horticultural lobbyist posted in Kenya, is one to avoid making a fuss until he learns that his wife was found dead on the veldt. As the mystery surrounding his wife's death unfolds, the quiet and self-effacing Quayle is radicalised in his determination to get to the bottom of his wife's murder. He is soon running up against a drug corporation exercising its power to both ignore the easily treated diseases of the third world and use Africa's "disposable" population for unofficial research and development.
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It's about the life of a man who seems to physically grow younger as he ages. He was born looking like a tiny ancient person and becomes a baby at the end. It was so imaginative, a truly entertaining and perfect cinematic experience.
4. Deeply. Although Kirsten Dunst's accent was laughable, it was still a good movie. Deeply is the story of a traumatized teenager, Claire McKay (played by Julia Brendler), who is brought to an Island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the hopes that she will recover from the sudden death of her first love. Claire encounters an eccentric writer, Celia (Lynn Redgrave), who tells her the story of another grief-stricken teenager, Silly (Kirsten Dunst), and the curse which has haunted the Island since the days of the Vikings.
5. Pan's Labyrinth. I love imaginative movies like these. The concepts of the creatures were just beautiful and the music is enchanting, especially the lullaby."Pan's Labyrinth" is the story of a young girl who travels with her pregnant mother to live with her mother's new husband in a rural area up North in Spain, 1944, after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Fascist repression during the first years of Franco's dictatorship is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.
6. Golden Compass. A great movie that has made me a fan of Chris Weitz. The story concerns Lyra, an orphan living in a fantastical parallel universe in which a dogmatic theocracy called the Magisterium threatens to dominate the world. When Lyra's friend is kidnapped, she travels to the far North in an attempt to rescue him and rejoin her uncle.
7. Coraline. A young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life - only much better. But when her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home - and save her family.
8. Pocahontas. A wonderful classic.
9. Lion King. I love it because of its story, music, animation, and the characters.
10. Castle In the Sky. A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheet, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machine, eventually searching for Sheet's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization.