Sam Mendes' Away We Go (2009) has all the necessary emotional beats both heartwarming and humorous most of the time. But the film becomes tedious as this couple, marvelously portrayed by John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, jump from situation to situation to develop even more life introspection. Not bad but expected a little more.
Ti West's throwback horror flick The House of the Devil (2009) divided critics as some called it terrible ("nothing happens") to others exclaiming its accurate note-for-note depiction of 70s era slowburn horror. Knowing this going in didn't alter my reaction because this is the film I wanted it to be. I love it. This film captures what I miss most in modern horror having grown up in the 70s and during heyday of the supernatural & slasher film.