Mystic River was excellent. Acting, script, cinematography, directing. More than a little brutal, but it wasn't especially graphic, if you follow me. I can totally see why Sean Penn and Tim Robbins both received Academy Awards for their performances. We were also surprised to note that Clint Eastwood composed all the music, in addition to directing.
50 First Dates blew us away. It was hilarious, well acted, and touching. Both Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler did extremely well, and it wasn't as over-the-top as a lot of his movies...more "The Wedding Singer" than a bunch of his other stuff. (I usually enjoy his movies, but find the scripts uneven. This script had very few thin places.) I referred to the movie as "sort of a reverse Groundhog Day", and Karen replied that she'd never seen Groundhog Day. We'll have to fix that.