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James Cameron United States, 2009

Zach Closs's rating of the film Avatar

I initially despised "Avatar." To me it was a bullshit 3-hour tech demo. And you bet, it ain't perfect. Ultimately though, what makes it a special film is not the visuals, but the sense of wonder and joy behind them; that childlike, Spielberg/Lucas enthusiasm. Jut as Pandora brings joy and rebirth to a cynical, hardened marine, so too does it invigorate, seduce and entertain the jaded cinephiles among us.