The 20 Best Lesser-known Movies from 2010

Some of the best movies I have seen this year, but none of them had any kind of advertising, and most didn't get a reasonable release until they came out on DVD in 2010. Go rent them today - they deserve to be seen!
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money. (100 mins.)
Director: J Blakeson
“ Quite literally one of the best films ever made, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a riveting thriller driven by extremely interesting characters. ” - napierslogs
$5 a Day (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road. (98 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
“ One of my personal favourites of the year. It stars Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola and Sharon Stone on a road trip, but the best kind of road trip. It's a comedy on the surface, very funny, but with real characters and perceptive insight into who they are. ” - napierslogs
The Joneses (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors. (96 mins.)
Director: Derrick Borte
“ The Joneses is smart, original and inventive. It takes "Keeping up with the Joneses" to new places that I never thought of. ” - napierslogs
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles. (114 mins.)
“ I would have assumed that Richard Linklater, one of the greatest screenwriters, would have earned more respect than what the studio showed him with this film. Finally with its DVD release this year, people should be able to see the spectacular performance by Christian McKay as Orson Welles and the great work that Linklater did in this coming-of-age dramatization. ” - napierslogs
Flipped (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. (90 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Flipped is a very cute story of young love. Our young heroine and hero are great and funny characters and performed flawlessly by the young actors. It's extremely well written and over all a great film especially for fans of the genre. ” - napierslogs
TiMER (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know? (99 mins.)
Director: Jac Schaeffer
“ An extremely inventive romantic comedy, TiMER puts a smart, original and science-fiction spin on the genre. ” - napierslogs
The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Like a good book, The City of Your Final Destination has intricate characters in detailed locations and is a great film for literature fans. ” - napierslogs
Big Fan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. (88 mins.)
“ A soulful examination of a New York Giants football fan. Big Fan is a dramatic character study but when a plot develops it becomes a dark comedy. ” - napierslogs
The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: what happens when you have to give feedback... (80 mins.)
Director: Russell Brown
“ Very funny when they analyse a script, very personal when it touches on the true nature of friendship, and very introspective when they scrutinize personal motives. Funny, but The Blue Tooth Virgin cuts to the core of writing and artistic expression. ” - napierslogs
City Island (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find... (104 mins.)
“ City Island is the type of film that should be up for Best Cast Ensemble of the Year. A dysfunctional family dramedy that's high on the dysfunction and comedy, and centers on Andy Garcia who should be winning all major acting awards if only the studio gave this film a decent release. ” - napierslogs
Leaves of Grass (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord. (105 mins.)
“ Starring Edward Norton and Edward Norton in a phenomenal performance, Leaves of Grass is a fantastic dark comedy. It's violent and funny, and it's also a character study at its heart. ” - napierslogs
Cemetery Junction (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading. (95 mins.)
“ Written and directed by Ricky Gervais, Cemetery Junction is not at all what you would expect. It's a funny and touching look at coming-of-age in 1970s England. It features a fantastic cast of young new-comers. ” - napierslogs
Serious Moonlight (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars. (81 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Hines
“ Serious Moonlight is more than a romantic comedy, and also the opposite. It's a darkly comic take on getting a divorce with a few crimes thrown in for good measure.

It's the last film by the late, great Adrienne Shelly. Money earned from her films goes towards a foundation in her name that helps women film-makers achieve their dreams. I recommend spending your money on Serious Moonlight. Rest in peace, Adrienne. ” - napierslogs
Wake (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do - she goes to strangers' funerals... (97 mins.)
Director: Ellie Kanner
“ Wake is an interesting, thoughtful film. It passes itself off as a romantic comedy but it takes some darkly comic and also some insightful turns. It stars Bijou Philips as Carys Reitman, one of the more interesting and weirdly-sympathetic characters in the genre, rounding it off as more of a character study than romantic comedy. ” - napierslogs
Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Johnny Rizzo, is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that'll pay enough to please his fiancée... (89 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ Again, Nice Guy Johnny is just a romantic comedy, but writer and director Edward Burns is great at making romantic comedies. It's a small film, but it stars up-and-coming actors with real, engaging chemistry, and ultimately, it's cute, funny and nice. ” - napierslogs
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Jesse meets Ethan, someone she could finally fall in love with, but then she meets Troy, and now she has a dilemma. (84 mins.)
Director: Daryn Tufts
“ Okay, so My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is just a romantic comedy, and not quite as original as the film-makers probably intended, but for fans of the genre, it is way more thoughtful and with actual effort put into it by the writers and actors than any of the big budget romantic comedies available. ” - napierslogs
Pretty Bird (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their... (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Schneider
“ Pretty Bird has great actors exploring complex characters, with an inventive premise about an inventive company. It's funny and smart. ” - napierslogs
Don McKay (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for. (87 mins.)
Director: Jake Goldberger
“ Don McKay is definitely out there. But it's a well made film where they tried piecing together different genres. It didn't work for some but I thought it was a rather ingenious attempt to be original. It's a dark thriller meets character study meets romantic drama, and then after that it takes even stranger turns. ” - napierslogs
The Winning Season (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team. (104 mins.)
“ The Winning Season is like every other sports film wtih a down-on-his luck coach who turns around a struggling sports team. But this one stars Sam Rockwell, and as such, it is genuinely funny and dramatic. ” - napierslogs
The Good Guy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ambitious young Manhattanite and urban conservationist Beth wants it all: a good job, good friends, and a good guy to share the city with... (90 mins.)
Director: Julio DePietro
“ The Good Guy sounds as if it's another twenty-something girl sorting out her love life and career in a romantic comedy. The very surprising thing which puts this film above its competition, is that it's a drama, dark and somber. ” - napierslogs