To be fair, I haven’t seen Sideways, Maria Full of Grace, Collateral, or Ray and I have a feeling that they would be high on my list.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – with The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey continues his run as pop culture theologian.

Hero – poetic violence and beautiful cinematography. you can’t get much better than a pretty kung fu flick.

This does seem to be the year of good sequels:

Kill Bill – Vol. 2 – this quieter sequel to (or other half of) Kill Bill – Vol. 1 feels more like a western, but is a genre lover’s dream.

Spider-Man 2 – one of the few sequels that surpasses the original.
everything about this was better: action, effects, acting, and story.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – um, ditto (see Spider-Man 2)

Shrek 2 – picks up where the original left off.

Speaking of which, this also seems to be the year of stand out animation, but topping that list is The Incredibles. This wasn’t just a great animated film, this was a great film period.