Best Movie: Source Code
Source Code is science fiction on a human scale, the likes of which we haven’t had since Gattaca. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, a man who has to go back in time to discover who bombed a train. He wants to find a way to go off mission to save a woman he meets on the train, but he has to deal with his own internal struggle before he can do either. Read my full review of this fusion of science fiction and romance.
Honorable Mention: Battle: Los Angeles
Battle: Los Angeles is entirely from the point of view of Marines who have to fight off an alien invasion. They experience the fog of war as they endure vicious urban street fighting to rescue civilians whom they’ve never met and with whom they have no personal connection. To read more about this movie that authentically shows the Marine culture seamlessly blended with alien special effects, look at my full review.
Special Category—Best African-American actress goes to Charlize Theron, for her role in Young Adult (see my review). If you’re puzzled about her being an African-American, look up her bio.