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Best Films of 2011

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People who added this item 82  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
100. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

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Anything O'Brien does is funny and entertaining; but the documentary wasn't anything special.


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People who added this item 361  Average listal rating (239 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
99. Red State (2011)
Smith goes a completely different direction than what he's known for and the results are much better than "Cop Out."


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People who added this item 104  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
98. Chico & Rita (2010)
The animation looks great but it's a little choppy at times and the audio doesn't always match with the visuals.
The story is is enriched with characters and music and is another painful reminder of our great Havana used to be.



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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
97. 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.



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People who added this item 496  Average listal rating (285 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
96. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
A light and fun rendition of a tragedy.

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People who added this item 969  Average listal rating (580 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
95. 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
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People who added this item 1020  Average listal rating (629 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
94. Rio (2011)
Decent music with a fine storyline but the two leads of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway were miscast - Northern accents from rainforest birds?
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
93. 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.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 6.2 
92. Strongman (2009)
A poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most.
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
91. Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
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People who added this item 139  Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.2 
90. The Future (2011)
A movie so strange that...


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People who added this item 178  Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
89. 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.
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People who added this item 180  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
88. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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People who added this item 167  Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
87. 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.
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People who added this item 185  Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
86. 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.
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People who added this item 2379  Average listal rating (1579 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
85. X-Men: First Class (2011)
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
84. Unguarded (2011)
Possibly the most important 30 for 30 to watch. About natural talent and uncontrollable substances.
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People who added this item 257  Average listal rating (171 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
83. Goon (2011)
A sports comedy that does a refreshing avoidance of too many cliches. It really works.
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People who added this item 364  Average listal rating (190 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
82. Last Night (2010)
A back and forth between a couple having an affair on the same night, in different countries.
This could have easily been over-acted or dramatized... but it wasn't, and I appreciate that.
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People who added this item 438  Average listal rating (282 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.1 
81. 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.
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
80. 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.
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People who added this item 218  Average listal rating (114 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
79. The Turin Horse (2011)
Bela Tarr's final film is another demanding spectacle with artistic vision. His films impress the hell out of me, but can't ever truly enjoy them like some.

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People who added this item 522  Average listal rating (358 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
78. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
77. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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 43  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.5 
76. Love Crime (2010)
Don't fuck with Christine.
This French thriller was entertaining in the head-to-head battle for love seemed relentless.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
75. 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.
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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
74. The Swell Season (2011)
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 336  Average listal rating (220 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 7.1 
73. 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 1121  Average listal rating (703 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
72. 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 811  Average listal rating (392 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
71. 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 1063  Average listal rating (673 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
70. 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.
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People who added this item 342  Average listal rating (229 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating
69. 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 1083  Average listal rating (649 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.3 
68. 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 578  Average listal rating (397 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
67. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
A very enjoyable farce that may be one-note but keeps you entertained throughout. Katrina Bowden is damn gorgeous.

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People who added this item 103  Average listal rating (66 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
66. The Trip (2010)
If you like British humor and impressions then you need to see this. pseudo-documentary
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People who added this item 250  Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
65. Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
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People who added this item 128  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
64. 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 374  Average listal rating (228 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
63. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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 80  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
62. Three (2010)
A film with several risks; while some didn't pay off I was definitely intrigued throughout and Sophie Rois is a delight.
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People who added this item 82  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
61. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
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People who added this item 1032  Average listal rating (644 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.1 
60. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Bonds & Solos
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People who added this item 213  Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
59. 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 88  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
58. 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 213  Average listal rating (115 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
57. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
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People who added this item 446  Average listal rating (294 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.2 
56. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
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 2462  Average listal rating (1624 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
55. 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 21  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
54. Knuckle (2011)
A brutal documentary about Irish family feuds causing decades of bare-knuckle brawls.
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People who added this item 259  Average listal rating (168 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
53. Everything Must Go (2010)
Ferrell pulls off a controlled, believable performance. Rebecca Hall is her usual perfect self.
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People who added this item 454  Average listal rating (290 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
52. Troll Hunter (2010)
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People who added this item 1640  Average listal rating (1035 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
51. The Hangover Part II (2011)
Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
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In the opinion of Stephen H Koontz


Hugo is quite an achievement, a great topper to another solid year despite what the box office 'experts' tell you. It's one of the most profitable years of all time

Enjoy!


Also-Seen:
Rated 6/10

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: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Apollo 18
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Paranormal Activity 3
Take Me Home Tonight
Eames: The Architect & the Painter
Sleeping Beauty
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Blank City
Happy
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Rated 5/10
Dirty Girl
Bellflower
Film Socialisme
Dolphin Tale
House of Tolerance
Shut Up, Little Man!
She Monkeys
The Sitter
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Rated 4/10
Stuck Between Stations
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
X: Night of Vengeance
Rated 3/10
The Roommate
Elektra Luxx
Rated 2/10
Ecstasy
Rated 1/10
Shark Night



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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 3 months 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: 1 year, 7 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: 1 year, 5 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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