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We can add the favorite films of master critic Roger Ebert to the ever-growing lists of 2009's best. Writing his longtime column in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert declined to rank his 10 best movies of 2009 by order of excellence, but instead simply went alphabetical. That was just the "mainstream" list; he also offered a separate list of the year's indie films that impressed him the most.

That doesn't mean the legendary reviewer was anything less critical in his judgments. Of 'Bad Lieutenant,' he praised Nicolas Cage, whose "stare-down with an iguana ... needs no explanation." He called the Jeff Bridges-starring 'Crazy Heart,' which wasn't originally to open until next year, "This year's 'The Wrestler.'" And he went wild for Carey Mulligan's performance in 'An Education.' We can add the favorite films of master critic Roger Ebert to the ever-growing lists of 2009's best. Writing his longtime column in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert declined to rank his 10 best movies of 2009 by order of excellence, but instead simply went alphabetical. That was just the "mainstream" list; he also offered a separate list of the year's indie films that impressed him the most.

That doesn't mean the legendary reviewer was anything less critical in his judgments. Of 'Bad Lieutenant,' he praised Nicolas Cage, whose "stare-down with an iguana ... needs no explanation." He called the Jeff Bridges-starring 'Crazy Heart,' which wasn't originally to open until next year, "This year's 'The Wrestler.'" And he went wild for Carey Mulligan's performance in 'An Education.'

Ebert lavished love on 'The Hurt Locker' ("flawlessly directed" by Kathryn Bigelow). And even more love on 'Inglourious Basterds' (calling Quentin Tarantino "a natural and joyous filmmaker"). He vigorously applauded the casting brilliance of 'Precious' as well as Michael Stuhlbarg's star-making performance in 'A Serious Man.' And finally, in an echo of so many other critics, he was very up on George Clooney in 'Up in the Air,' all-knowing about 'Knowing' ("extravagance of energy"), cut to the chase about 'The White Ribbon' and gave 'Avatar' his "special jury prize."

Here are the indie films Ebert chose: 'Depatures,' 'Disgrace,' 'Everlasting Moments,' 'Goodbye Solo,' 'Julia,' 'Silent Light,' 'Sin Nombre,' 'Skin,' 'Trucker' and 'You, the Living.'