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Southland Tales (2006)
Richard Kelly's wildly divisive follow-up to "Donnie Darko" may raise the most eyebrows of any "Bests" on this list. Unless you happen to be one of the fierce partisans who admire Kelly's trippy and deeply idiosyncratic vision as unapologetically audacious cinema. Either way, the 2006 film is technically set in the future, but begins by setting up a recent past where Texas suffered two nuclear attacks on July 4, 2005. This leads to a nightmare of George W. Bush-era policies taken to an extreme: the Patriot Act is reinforced and expanded, the Internet is censored and an environmentally catastrophic alternative energy known as "Fluid Karma" emerges. Kelly's goal in rewriting the recent past was to expose the dangers that may lurk in our future.