This time of year brings a barrage of lists — critics and journalists telling you the 10 best movies you need to see, or need to feel bad for not seeing.
Admittedly, many of us in media-land tend to lockstep to the same films, or throw in a requisite foreign outlier. We’re also very willing to compile these lists, and then compile them some more. And why not? If you could validate your year locked in a dark room and dress it up as a public service besides, wouldn’t you?