Films Of The Year: The Queen / The Devil Wears Prada / The Last King Of Scotland / Little Miss Sunshine (4 Discs)
The Queen (Dir. Stephen Frears): Tradition prepared her. Change will define her.
In the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Queen Elizabeth II (the outstanding Helen Mirren) must come to terms with a nation in mourning, a new government under pressure to deliver an outpouring of grief and a Royal family in turmoil...
The Devil Wears Prada (Dir. David Frankel): As assistant to the impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Streep), young Andy Sachs (Hathaway) has landed a job that "a million girls would die for." Unfortunately, her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda's personal whipping girl just might be the death of her!
The Last King Of Scotland (Dir. Kevin Macdonald): A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.
Little Miss Sunshine (Dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris): Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, this film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture.
A runaway hit at the Sundance Film Festival, where it played to standing ovations, the film strikes a nerve with everyone who's ever been awestruck by how their muddled families seem to make it after all.