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10. 'W.' (2008)
When audiences first got word that bad boy auteur Oliver Stone was going to turn his radical sights on the divisive (to put it mildly) presidency of George W. Bush, they assumed that the director of "JFK" and "Nixon" would really let him have it. Instead, the surprisingly sympathetic "W." is a mostly boring drama that played it entirely safe, content to merely trot out a number of known actors (Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss, Thandie Newton), often with weird-looking makeup, and have them re-enact current events. It also criminally underuses star Josh Brolin (hot off of the success of "No Country For Old Men"), who, in the same year, made a much better impression as another politician -- SF's murderous city supervisor Dan White -- in "Milk." He was nominated for an Oscar for that role, while "W." has mostly been forgotten.