Last week, we posted our Top 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2006. And this week, we present our Critics' Choice Awards for the Top 10 Films of 2006.

What's the difference between the lists? The "redeeming" list speaks for itself—films that told a story of redemption (something or somebody bad turned good, an uplifting story that celebrates truth, goodness and/or biblical values, etc.).

Our Critics' Choice list, on the other hand, consists of the 10 films that our panel believes were the most excellent films of 2006, whether they carried a "redeeming" message or not—though four of our top 10 choices also appeared on our Most Redeeming list. But all of the movies here are films of excellence, and many are up for various honors at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Our list resembles some top 10 lists you've seen in the mainstream, but we've got a few off-the-beaten-path picks as well. We also let each of our panelists choose "One That Got Away"—a single film they wish had made our Top Ten list. Think of those extra films as sort of our "honorable mentions."

And so, in reverse order, our Critics' Choice list for 2006:

10. Little Children

directed by Todd Field

This movie could have just as easily been titled "Adults Behaving Badly" or even "The Wages of Sin." The main characters in Todd Field's brilliantly directed film are self-absorbed adults who indeed act like little children, giving in to their impulses and desires with little thought (except of themselves), and sometimes with reckless abandon. But unlike many other Hollywood films, Little Children actually shows that sin has consequences, sometimes devastating ones. And while various immoral acts are depicted (sometimes too graphically), they're done so within that moral ...

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