The Spirit in 25 words or less:
Turns out that "hard-boiled" and "funny" don't taste great together (outside of parodies). Nifty visuals didn't help save this from the "ridiculously awful" bin. D.
Slumdog Millionaire in 25 words or less:
Probably the best movie I saw in 2008. Manages -- improbably -- to show explore harsh images and themes without being depressing. Cinematography, soundtrack, performances . . . all awesome. A.