The good, the bad and the ugly at the movies this year in today's Foxlight.

One of my favorites from 2003 -- it's "Love Actually." (search) A movie that actually ended up on some "worst" lists. They thought it was too maudlin, and I admit I am a sucker for holiday fare. But isn't that the point? Great comic timing comes not just in performances but when you see them. I was smiling all the way through.

Next, a total surprise -- "Pirates of the Caribbean." (search) And I saw it on a plane. This proves Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile actors working today. Pirate movies usually walk the plank at the box office. Very funny, and finally a post-"Shine" performance out of Geoffrey Rush that doesn't embarrass.

The bad news? The real Civil War was shorter than the dreadful "Gods and Generals." (search) I can usually sit through anything with Robert Duvall in it, and that includes "Open Range," but I was pulling for the South to win so this would be over sooner.