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George's best overlooked films of 2009

December 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2009, I've prepared a list of seven films for you to rent in 2010. They're movies from this year that didn't get the attention they deserved. Here they are, in alphabetical order.In "Adventureland," Jesse Eisenberg plays a young man forced to work at a low-end amusement park over the summer to help pay for graduate school. Now on DVD, this R-rated coming-of-age story also stars "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart.

I loved "Amreeka," an immigrant story of a mother and son who come to America from the West Bank during the first Gulf War. Nisreen Faour gives one of the year's best performances playing a woman you'll grow to love. "Amreeka" will be on DVD January 12, 2010.

In February, look for the documentary, "Art & Copy." The film looks at some of the most successful and original ad campaigns in history. I felt like I got a semester's worth of interesting information -- all in 90 minutes.

In March, don't miss "Bandslam." In a nutshell, a new kid at school helps gather some fellow students to play in a big high-school competition, hoping for a shot at stardom. It's a surprisingly smart and thoughtful film.

"The Damned United" tells the story of an abrasive English soccer manager, played by Michael Sheen. It's based on a true story of a guy who butted heads with his players.

Now on DVD, Brendan Fraser stars in the action-adventure family film, "Inkheart." He plays a book binder with a secret involving a rare novel. As kid films go, this one hooked me.

And if you like music, "Pirate Radio" may hook you. Set in the mid-'60s, it's loosely based on real-life "pirate radio" stations which used to broadcast rock music from a ship at sea, music British radio had been forbidden to play.

"Pirate Radio's" soundtrack includes 52 songs. The DVD date on this one will be announced soon.