The criteria for our top three Movies of the Year are similar to our Xbox Games of the Year found here. Essentially they're films I've actually seen released to theatres in 2005.
3) King Kong. The giant monkey movie takes third spot for some great emotional moments and excellent special effects. A touching remake of a cinema classic, Peter Jackson once again works his magic and though not as strong as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong is none-the-less a great epic film. You can read my recent review here.
2) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. While not the most engrossing film of the year, or even the best to empathize with, it beats out King Kong on the simple fact that it didn't suck. I went into Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith expecting the worst, and I actually found myself very entertained. So entertained, in fact, that I actually found it to be the second best Star Wars film of all time. With greatly exceeded expectations, great effects, and simply pure fun, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith takes the number two spot.
1) Serenity. With the best character development and plot progression I've seen in a film for years, Serenity is a rare gem for people who actually like to be engaged mentally and emotionally in cinema. This is not a special effects feast (though it does have some good effects and a great space battle), this is screen writting, this is whit, this is the best film of the year, and with such depth behind it, easly the best film of the last few years.