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- Influential for what the film did at the box office, "Pall Blart: Mall Cop" and Kevin James get a mention for their unexpected success.
- Genre is the name of the game when it comes to "Star Trek," and Chris Pine's Captain James T. Kirk -- treading in waters never really before explored -- filled in ably.
- A low-budget movie made big scares, and a video camera showing an unseen demon in "Paranormal Activity" was the talk of the year among genre specialists and film lovers alike.
- Also unexpected was the loud release and quiet departure of Michael Jackson's final movie role "This is It."