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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Quentin Tarantino's greatest film wasn't released in 1994 but in 2009, in the form of this delirious crowd-pleaser that boasts one of the most cathartically-thrilling movie climaxes of the last decade. In the film's alternate history, Hitler's end comes not with a whimper but a bang thanks to the combined efforts of a vengeful cinema owner (the excellent Melanie Laurent) and a band of Nazi-scalping rogues led by Brad Pitt's drawling Lt. Raine. A brilliant exercise in narrative tension and (blissful, memory-searing) release, "Inglourious Basterds"' is a revisionist fairytale that artfully transcends its pulpy origins and achieves a near-mythic power by the time it reaches its fiery conclusion.
- Chris Eggertsen