(500) Days of Summer
One of the best releases of the summer movie season, (500) Days of Summer took all the tropes we know from the land of romcoms and made them work beautifully by instilling them with a real-life spin. In his Sundance review, Erik Davis wrote that the film "does not, in any way, re-invent the rom-com wheel; it's not the prettiest, the sexiest or the most hot-to-trot -- but she's a looker and a feeler and way too easy to fall in love with if you give her a little room to work that magic." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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District 9
Neill Blomkamp reinvigorated the SciFi scene with District 9, an alien film that made the intelligence of the story just as important as the space creatures themselves. In his review, Peter Martin wrote: "Refreshingly, District 9 upends expectations that have been lowered over the years by remembering that human behavior is the most fascinating special effect of all, with the inexplicable motivations of alien creatures coming in a close second." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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All About Steve

Along with her hits on the romcom and football playing fields, Sandra Bullock starred in the stalker-fest All About Steve. In his review, Jeffrey M. Anderson wrote that the film is "packaged like a regular romantic comedy, but in it, Bullock gets to play around and have fun with a much different character." Unfortunately, it falls to myriad of problems in plot and execution. Considering the award-nominated gigs Bullock has had this year, Skip it. Also on Blu-ray.

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