5. "Where the Wild Things Are"
Director: Spike Jonze; Cast: Max Records, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose
If “Ponyo” nails childlike wonder, “Wild Things” strives to explore something even more unusual, and potentially off-putting: the way children process difficult feelings and emotions. Dismissed by some as plotless or overly chilly, Jonze’s visually astonishing adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book deserves more thoughtful consideration. It’s one of the most assured filmmaking achievements of the year. In an increasingly infantilized Hollywood, here’s a family-friendly movie that refuses to treat its audience like kids.