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People who added this item 173 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1

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A really solid first half turns into a meandering meager example of a lesser writer finding a way to get out of things.
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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Way (2010)
The great Martin Sheen is directed by his son, Emilio, who also plays his son in the film. Sheen has done this before, when he acted with Charlie in 'Wall Street'.

This movie, while dealing with death, is not quite as serious and provocative as Stones' 'Street'. It's set out to be an inspiring journey into the Iberian peninsula, with simple characters and simple dialogue.

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People who added this item 2516 Average listal rating (1804 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
This is a subject I am passionate about and love how informative it is, but I feel like this could have been a lot of more extensive. They barely touch on several subjects and issues pertaining to the preservation of film and film as an important modern art form.
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People who added this item 554 Average listal rating (403 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
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People who added this item 248 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Nostalgia and a fresh twist to the music helps make this a worthy viewing. However there really isn't too much new here and the writers try a little too hard to replicate the magic of the old animated characters.
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People who added this item 839 Average listal rating (429 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Rum Diary (2011)


A fun, disjointed romp. I can't get enough of Amber Heard

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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
An entire film set in a painting. Looking at how a complicated, detailed painting was narratively put together.
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People who added this item 225 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Big Year (2011)
Not exactly a popular subject, birding, but I usually like movies about hobbies I know nothing about.
Eventhough it has three great comedians as leads there aren't a lot of laughs; but that doesn't mean they weren't entertaining.
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People who added this item 1076 Average listal rating (717 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6


Bonds & Solos
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People who added this item 1108 Average listal rating (747 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
What wants to be a smart suspense thriller is just a decently made love story with a familiar premise. Luckily the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is strong enough to make this one to watch.
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
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People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Future (2011)
A movie so strange that...


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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Sarah's Key (2010)
Kristen Scott Thomas does a hell of a job in this specific story taking place during WWII. Lovely cinematography as well.
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People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
Larry Crowne (2011)
Hanks is his usual likable self but Roberts is her usual unlikable self. This movie, trying for the similar success 'Up in the Air' had, does not hit the tones and notes perfectly.
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People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8


Gerard is good at being a crazy bad-ass Christian.

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A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
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People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
3 (2010)


A film took several chances. While some didn't pay off I was definitely intrigued throughout and Sophie Rois is a delight.

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Well, it is the finale, but it's not the best. I felt more relieved it was over instead of sad.
The actors and visual effects are still top-notch. I suppose I just had enough at this point.
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People who added this item 511 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Paul Rudd is glorious as the 'idiot brother', in one of the best female-driven casts ever created. Unfortunately the truly funniest moment in the whole film is when Rudd's character stops to dispense hand sanitizer after an awkward confrontation. But what has the appearance of a slap-stick comedy is really just tempered comedy about family, love, appreciation, honesty and understanding.
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People who added this item 358 Average listal rating (258 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Margin Call (2011)
A dialogue-heavy one-note kind of depressing look at the economic situation of the time.
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 6.9


An intimate look into the backstage life of the most likable duo in music. Sadly the business has shown its ability to get in the way love once again.

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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Redford has proven he can still direct a solid pic, too bad this one seemed to gain zero traction, coming and going with merely a whisper at the box office. This is strange considering his huge profile and the popular, albeit miscast, cast. The strongest performer being, no surprise, Robin Wright.
Below the line work is noteworthy as well, but that doesn't sell tickets.
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
A solid cast in a solid and timely story. What's missing here is the playful dialogue and not completely serious look at a subject that is completely serious. If they took a note from 'Up in the Air' perhaps the producers would have made more money... then again, maybe their goal was to make a more serious take.

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People who added this item 1712 Average listal rating (1131 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5


Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
I wasn't expecting much going into this documentary and became pleasantly surprised and now have a new respect for Hicks.
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People who added this item 466 Average listal rating (329 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Some truly funny moments in a small comedy with nothing special to enable it to shine from the pack.
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Project Nim (2011)
Coming from James Marsh I had high expectations and thankfully this documentary is well-done and not a miss from him.

However I still find myself disappointed, but I think that's mainly because I didn't like any of the subjects, which is only Marsh's fault in the fact that he seems convinced they are interesting and/or at least likable.

Nim, however: Likable as fuck. Even when he gets into his hostile stage.

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People who added this item 343 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Guard (2011)
Possibly the best role I've seen Gleason play. His chemistry with Cheadle is great in this dagger of an Irish film.
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People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.8


Bela Tarr's final film is another demanding spectacle with artistic vision. His films impress the hell out of me; yet I can't ever truly enjoy them.

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People who added this item 265 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
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People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Win Win (2011)
Anything with Giamatti is a win win
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People who added this item 611 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Change-Up (2011)
Bateman and Reynolds play each other really well, to comedic heights. Unfortunately it's a tired story and some of the antics are too much. It's an average comedy bolstered by its four leads (includes Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde)
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
All.I.Can. (2011)


One of the best shot skiing film I've ever seen. It begins with a montage akin to a Godfrey Reggio film and continues with plenty of kick-ass shots of back country skiing. It gets a little environment preachy which keeps this from being a truly great skiing doc.
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People who added this item 1178 Average listal rating (770 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Contagion (2011)
An all-star cast can't make this should-have-been modern masterpiece from Soderbergh
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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Another Earth (2011)
A dark sort of indie twist to the sci fi genre. The performances are magnetic and the imagery is memorable and it's all sort of... weird.

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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The obsession with being the "best" in the world and getting into the Guinness Book of World Records can be quite entertaining.
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People who added this item 2591 Average listal rating (1828 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Thor (2011)


An impressive production but the often hokey dialogue gets distracting. I also found it difficult to truly enjoy it, not having any knowledge about the Thor comics and the world of Asgard.

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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Life in a Day (2011)
A full-length You Tube commercial... that actually works. It sends a beautiful message and reminds us how we aren't ALL stuck in our own technological world
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People who added this item 1153 Average listal rating (748 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Shame (2011)
McQueen has superb controlled direction and Fassbender is intense, but I can't say I enjoyed watching it because of the subject matter.
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People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (199 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.8
Rubber (2010)
The oddest film of the year... in a very good way
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Blackthorn (2011)
Sam Shepherd plays the older Cassidy very well. I love the concept of the movie and I think the results, while nothing like the classic 'Cassidy' from 1969, are noteworthy. There are same great cinematic moments and the story holds weight. The main issue I have is the production seems amateur at times.
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People who added this item 1462 Average listal rating (1055 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Limitless (2011)
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It was almost a great hero film
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People who added this item 395 Average listal rating (262 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Elizabeth Olsen proves she is a better actress than her sisters in haunting film about backwoods cults
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People who added this item 269 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Ferrell pulls off a controlled, believable performance. Rebecca Hall is her usual perfect self.
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People who added this item 754 Average listal rating (566 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Warrior (2011)


A surprisingly effective movie with strong acting and while the story wasn't amazing, it all worked.

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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
A spot-on documentary about the current media arts world we live in.
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People who added this item 473 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Troll Hunter (2010)
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People who added this item 627 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
Young Adult (2011)


Jason Reitman's weakest film but still quite enjoyable
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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created January 2012
Updated January 2016
Films Seen: 161

Hugo is quite an achievement, a great topper to another solid year despite what the box office 'experts' tell you as it is one of the most profitable years of all time and the first year in which I have rated at least 100 films a 7/10.

Enjoy!


Also-Seen:
Rated 7/10

Love Crime
Unguarded
Strongman
Hobo with a Shotgun
The Whistleblower
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Tower Heist
Happythankyoumoreplease
A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Super
Bill Cunningham in New York
Rated 6/10
Mars Needs Moms
Scream 4
Gnomeo & Juliet
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Pina
Rio
Last Night
The Last Circus
Hesher
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
The Iron Lady
Chico & Rita
Red State
Miral
The High Cost of Living
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
American Animal
Into the Abyss
The Princess of Montpensier
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Cameraman: Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Insidious
The Details
Paranormal Activity 3
Take Me Home Tonight
Eames: The Architect & the Painter
Apollo 18
Sleeping Beauty
L'Amour Fou
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Blank City
Happy
Sanctum
Margaret
Rated 5/10
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Dirty Girl
Bellflower
Film Socialisme
Dolphin Tale
House of Tolerance
Shut Up, Little Man!
She Monkeys
The Sitter
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
I Melt with You
Rated 4/10
Stuck Between Stations
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
Cat Run
X: Night of Vengeance
Rated 3/10
The Roommate
Elektra Luxx
Rated 2/10
Joe + Belle
Ecstasy
Rated 1/10
Shark Night



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Posted: 4 years ago at May 7 4:48
Have you heard of A Separation? It's my second favorite film of 2011, behind The Tree of Life.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Feb 4 6:52
I keep hearing bad things about "Rubber", but the plot just sounds too interesting to pass up?...
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Mar 15 15:32
I want to see "A Separation" but haven't gotten a chance, thanks for the recommendation!

And Rubber is a very unique and strange movie. It's definitely worth giving a shot.

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