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Originally published December 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified December 31, 2007 at 5:17 PM

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Quick, what rhymes with "Ratatouille"?

The year's now fled (It saw "Beowulf" and took to bed.) So let's gaze back, for good or worse On these 12 months of film — in verse...

Seattle Times movie critic

Dear readers, look — the year's now fled

(It saw "Beowulf" and took to bed.)

So let's gaze back, for good or worse

On these 12 months of film — in verse!

'Twas something screened of every hue

From "August Rush" to "Bug" to "Zoo"

Sequels alone could fill a sack

Look — Peter Parker, dressed in black!

The "Ocean's" gang, in suits most slick

Matt Damon's "Bourne," all sly and quick

"Pirates 3" muddied some water

And teenage angst claimed Harry Potter.

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To blood-and-gore we gave a nod

Quick, pass the salts ... it's "Sweeney Todd"!

And once you've gained your inner Zen:

Beware "No Country for Old Men"

More fluids spilled in "Saw" — yes — "IV"

(Would someone show Jigsaw the door?)

And if it's West you care to go

Catch that "3:10" with Russell Crowe.

In romance, Drew-and-Hugh crooned sweetly

"P.S. I Love You"? Not so neatly.

"Knocked Up" and "Juno" both brought babies

Jude's hair in "Sleuth" drew only maybes.

To "Shrek the Third" we said, "Oh, phooey."

But young and old loved "Ratatouille."

"Hairspray" had the critics panting

And Amy Adams? Just "Enchant"-ing!

John Cusack drooped in "Martian Child"

Sean Penn marched "Into the Wild."

"Stardust" was a lengthy slog

And who remembers "Underdog"?

"The Golden Compass" lost its way

George Clooney still looks good in gray.

Kidman's "Margot" left us stressed

Viggo M. got all undressed.

Sandler mugged in "Chuck & Larry"

"Rush Hour 3" was just plain scary.

Knightley shone in posh "Atonement"

"Lucky You" deserved postponement.

"Legend" starred Will Smith and dog

King's "The Mist" came wrapped in fog

"300's" men — near-nude — attack

And, hey — a rhyme for "Zodiac"!

As we recall films lame and great

And pop our popcorn for '08

I'll end this with a heartfelt call:

"Happy New Year, one and all!"

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic (with apologies to Roger Angell)

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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