Zero Dark Thirty- 8.5/10
Extremely well executed. Kathyrn Bigelow was flat out robbed of an Oscar nom (along with Affleck). None of the other films nominated were as well directed as those two IMO. The film had a run time of 2 1/2 hours, but it didn't lag at any points. The tension and the stakes remained high the whole way through. Also enjoyed the great, naturalistic performances especially from Chastain and Clarke. It was a welcome change from some of the recent flicks I've seen with ridiculous, over-the-top, caricatures in place of real characters.
It was was nice seeing the operation from it's early foundation in torture rooms (allegedly, depending on which version you believe) to trailing the courier and then finally the actual raid, all while following the person/people who were the brains behind the entire thing. The academy should write a formal apology to Ms. Bigelow for this terrible oversight.