Best Films of 2011
225 7.5 7.7100. Pina (2011)
I was slightly disappointed in this documentary about the choreographer. After seeing all of the beautiful shots in the documentary I thought surely this would be a moving and transformative piece. Sadly, beyond the beautiful choreography the film doesn't have much to say.
45 6.4 6.999. Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
This documentary is about what most of us already know, the impending doom of the newspaper industry. It goes into some interesting detail and points of view with some intriguing characters along the way.
514 6 698. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
1009 5.9 6.297. Scream 4 (2011)
It brought nothing innovative to the series or drama but it was no doubt entertaining and I think it stuck to the vision of the series and is an improvement on Scream 3. Plus it's better than most any other slasher film in the last decade
6 7.3 7.196. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt (2011)
This certainly was a gastronomical thriller. The documentary actually begins ten years before the release of the film, catching up with the chef a few times a year throughout his career. The direction and editing is nearly as beautiful as the food he makes.
Personal note - Liebrandt reminds me of a chef I used to work with, adding a layer of nostalgia and comedy.
188 7.4 7.495. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
This doc started out great and the, as in past Herzog films I grew tired of his voice and grew tired of the subject.
193 6.5 6.994. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
201 7.1 7.293. The Whistleblower (2010)
A frustrating movie until the end, and then we still aren't completely satisfied. This is a difficult subject matter to watch but Rachel Weisz, whose performance seems stiff at first, makes this movie very digestible and enjoyable, despite the subject matter.
3 7.3 7.992. Unguarded (2011)
Possibly the most important 30 for 30 to watch. About natural talent and uncontrollable substances.
453 6.2 6.191. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Rutger Hauer's brilliant in his second starring role on the list. This time a no-holds ass-kicking B movie.
2 8.5 6.390. Strongman (2009)
A poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most.
47 6.6 6.589. Love Crime (2010)
173 7.1 7.188. The Devil's Double (2011)
A really solid first half turns into a meandering meager example of a lesser writer finding a way to get out of things.
2516 7.5 7.887. X-Men: First Class (2011)
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
44 8 7.686. These Amazing Shadows (2011)
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.
554 7.1 7.385. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
45 6.7 6.984. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
An entire film set in a painting. Looking at how a complicated, detailed painting was narratively put together.
839 5.9 6.283. The Rum Diary (2011)
225 6 6.282. 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.
1108 6.6 7.181. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
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.
1076 5.7 6.180. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Bonds & Solos
31 7.6 7.679. Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
141 6.5 6.178. The Future (2011)
97 7.4 7.577. 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.
355 5.7 676. 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.
228 6.5 6.875. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
86 7.8 7.774. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
83 7.1 6.873. Three (2010)
3018 7.9 8.172. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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.
358 6.6 7.171. Margin Call (2011)
A dialogue-heavy one-note kind of depressing look at the economic situation of the time.
24 8.1 6.970. The Swell Season (2011)
208 6.1 6.869. The Company Men (2010)
107 7.2 7.868. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
I wasn't expecting much going into this documentary and became pleasantly surprised and now have a new respect for Hicks.
1712 6.2 6.567. The Hangover: Part II (2011)
Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
343 7.1 7.365. 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.
233 8.3 7.764. The Turin Horse (2011)
265 8 8.663. Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
466 5.7 6.262. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Some truly funny moments in a small comedy with nothing special to enable it to shine from the pack.
3 7.5 7.961. 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.
1178 6.3 6.760. Contagion (2011)
An all-star cast can't make this should-have-been modern masterpiece from Soderbergh
2 7 7.359. Breaking and Entering (2010)
The obsession with being the "best" in the world and getting into the Guinness Book of World Records can be quite entertaining.
2591 6.8 758. Thor (2011)
270 6.9 7.257. Win Win (2011)
Anything with Giamatti is a win win
131 7.5 7.756. 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
1153 7.2 7.355. 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.
318 5.8 5.854. Rubber (2010)
The oddest film of the year... in a very good way
41 6.7 6.653. 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.
1462 6.9 7.452. Limitless (2011)
2031 6.7 6.851. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
It was almost a great hero film
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