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Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Jeannie Berlin, Jean Reno, Matt Damon, Allison Janney
Why: It's crazy to think that we nearly lost Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" to the ages, embroiled in such behind-the-scenes gridlock and leaving Fox Searchlight in an odd position throughout its six-year journey to the screen (the film waiting in a can for most of that). But when it finally saw the light of day, a modern masterpiece was revealed and further evidence of Lonergan's voice as absolutely vital.
- Kristopher Tapley