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Originally published Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 7:00 PM

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What rhymes with Tarantino? The year in movies, in verse

Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald looks back at the movie year, from 'Avatar' to zombies, with her annual year-end poem. Along the way she rhymes everything from Hilary Swank, to "Coraline," to Tarantino.

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What, gone so soon? How can this be?

Already, '09's end we see?

Was "Bride Wars" here one year ago?

Or just a nightmare? (Don't say no.)

Twelve months of film can slip right by

As fast as zombie blood can fly.

But nonetheless, let's take some time

And look back on the year — in rhyme!

First let's recall, with palms still damp

That "New Moon" tale of girl-and-vamp

(And on that note, a question keen:

Could Jacob beat up Wolverine?)

This year found friends both old and new:

The Hogwarts gang, the "Star Trek" crew,

The kids of "Fame," that "Pelham" car,

The weird blue folk of "Avatar."

The Watchmen lurked; the Chipmunks sang

"Transformers" made — what else? — a bang.

Look — Bruno! Sherlock! Tom Hanks' hair!

And Sandra Bullock, everywhere!

"(500) Days" found lots of dates

Drew Barrymore wore roller skates

Judi Dench donned tights in "Nine"

A black cat spoke in "Coraline

"Soloist" starred Foxx and Downey

"Shopaholic" got all clowny

Crowe went old-school in "State of Play"

As for "Saw VI" — oh, go away.

Let's raise a festive New Year's glass

To Meryl Streep, that fetching lass

And let's toast, with misspelled vino

Quentin "Basterds" Tarantino.

As always, a few flicks did tank

(Hey, where'd you go, Hilary Swank?)

And would someone please close the door

On "Final Destination 4?"

But '09 brought its pleasures, too:

"Bright Star" and "Up," to name a few

Smooth "Mr. Fox," in natty pants

Et, en français — j'adore "La Danse"!

A year of tears, of song, of joke

(And endless cups of Diet Coke) —

So from the year's vast filmic string

I hope a few made your heart sing

As we look out to 2010

(What? Carrie Bradshaw? Yet again?)

Just one last rhyme, and then I'm done:

"Happy New Year, everyone!"

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

as always, to Roger Angell.

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