My favorite movies of 2010.

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Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan's four-tiered epic dreamscape of sprawling proportions is a testament of a true master's genius at work. Derived from an original concept, and developed throughout the years as a pet project, things finally came together for Nolan when he made studio bigwigs happy with his one-two gritty reboot and its equally brilliant sequel of Batmans, a huge payday was imminent to grease the wheels on this thing and some years later we, the audience, finally got a chance to see it with all the buzz and hype that surrounded the movie. Watching it, it feels like every cent and dollar was money well spent, no frame wasted and every actor on the roster more than up to the challenge to adhere to Nolan's stylistic tics and brilliant vision.

More than anything, Inception really is a unique cinematic experience bustling with inventiveness and balls-out insane set pieces that are truly inspiring and something to behold. Aided by some fantastic DP-work by Nolan's long time collaborator Wally Pfister and Hans Zimmer's hauntingly mesmerising musical output and that infamous booming, ear-piercingly loud horn that is to become 2010's most recognizable film score. In a sea of remakes, reboots, prequels and sequels; Inception is that beacon, the light at the end of the tunnel and truly is one of the greatest films of 2010, if not, of all time. The best film of the year. ” - mr_popcorn
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The project was met with much skepticism when it was first announced, "a Facebook movie starring Justin Timberlake? Fuck that!" and so they said, and I admit, I was one of the cynics who shrugged it off even when Fincher was announced as director. But boy were we all wrong. The film's rat-a-tat rapid fire dialogue courtesy of the West Wing's Aaron Sorkin combined with David Fincher's meticulous firm grasp of his craft, infamous for his 99-takes-a-scene and bringing out the best out of the actors he's working with. Which speaking of, was also one of the great things from this movie. Jesse Eisenberg wears the Mark Zuckerberg character like a suit and surely after this no one would even dare compare him to Michael Cera. Andrew Garfield impresses as well as CFO Eduardo Saverin, with every nuance and subtleties as equally powerful and devastating when he's talking about cannibalizing chickens or smashing laptops. Sexyback Timberlake proves he's got the acting chops as the sleazy looking Sean Parker. And to top it all off is a delightful score from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and his buddy Atticus Ross. ” - mr_popcorn
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Edgar Wright's third cinematic effort and quite possibly his best output yet, is a pop culture blender of everything relevant to the Generation Y; from movies, TV, literature, comics and videogames. 'Scott Pilgrim' is a delightful, madcap riotous romp peppered with flashy neon lights musical sequences, fantastically choreographed fight scenes and delightful visual gags to satiate your twee little hearts. Bryan Lee O'Malley's kinetic, hipster-approved comics series from which this was based on was done justice by Edgar Wright, with his keen eye for quirkier sensibilities and enlisting the help of a who's-who of the independent, underground garage rock music scene like Beck and Metric. Everything coalesces like white on rice and all the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly well.

What else can be said, other than Scott Pilgrim is simply, 100% pure unadulterated awesome. There is nothing quite like it. ” - mr_popcorn
Four Lions (2010)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
“ An uproarious delight from Brit Chris Morris that tells the tale of four idealistic Jihadists and their grand scheme of spreading terror in the hearts of every innocent citizens and laymen. The movie wields its belly aching hilarity like a loaded gun and confronting the delicate issue of terrorism head on and toe to toe. There's a lot of hilarious and unforgettable moments in the movie, some making me snicker just simply thinking about it but it also gives you something to think about. And then maybe laugh a bit more after that. Sorry Hollywood but this is the best comedy of 2010. ” - mr_popcorn
127 Hours (2010)
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Danny Boyle knocks one out of the ballpark once again with the triumphant true to life story of mountaineer Aron Ralston and the grueling 127 hours he spent with his right arm wedged between a canyon wall and an 800-lb boulder. Yeah, that's what Danny Boyle had to work with and should it have been tasked to a lesser director, it probably wouldn't have worked as well as it did. Huge props of course, should be given to Danny Boyle, the visual genius that he is and his DP's Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak with their briskly paced and frenetic camera work almost akin to Aron's free-spirited, wily adventurous lifestyle and AR Rahman's pop rock infused musical score that elevates the whole film experience to a new level. But really, I would be remiss if I didn't give praise to the film's highlight coup-de-grace, the film's lead and all around workhorse James Franco. A brilliant and astonishing one man show tour-de-force and quite possibly one of the best lead male performances I've seen in the past 10 years. The Oscar gold should be knocking at his door any moment now. ” - mr_popcorn
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (142 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ A straight-up, no holds barred revenge film from the deep, dark twisted annals of Korean auteur Kim Ji-woon, I SAW THE DEVIL is mercilessly brutal in its portrayal of violence and the tense atmosphere never lets up, like a pounding of a hammer to the head, its got you in a vice grip for two hours until you are numb from everything else and that sweet, sweet aftertaste and realization that what you just saw is probably the greatest shit you've ever seen in your whole lifetime. Some of the set pieces and the bursts of violence are so magnificently crafted and inspired it would make Quentin Tarantino cream his pants. And that's not even the best part, Oldboy's Choi Min-sik gives a deliciously wicked evil performance as the serial killer is of the top drawer, high caliber mold. ” - mr_popcorn
The Fighter (2010)
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A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ A delightful humanist drama set against the backdrop of the boxing world, David O. Russell re-teams with his I Heart Huckabees star Mark Wahlberg, THE FIGHTER tells the tale of Irish slugger Micky Ward and the ups and downs and exploits of his boxing career and his tumultuous relationship with his junkie brother, Dicky. The fight scenes are fantastically choreographed and the decision to shoot it ala HBO added a layer of realism that have not been seen in boxing movies of yore. Mark Wahlberg drops his Funky Bunch persona and delivers a one-two punch performance and definitely a career highlight for him, the dames of the movie, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo also shines in their respective roles. But the real highlight for me, and the centerpiece of the whole deal is Christian Bale's off the charts, method portrayal of washout pugilist turned drug addled dope head Dicky Ward. Should another actor have been cast and it would have probably been way overboard and probably a lot of shouting but Bale gave Dicky the humanity buried in all that heroin, crack and speed in his system, and it made his redemption all the more sweet and well-earned. ” - mr_popcorn
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I never would have expected in a million years but this makes two DiCaprio performances in my top ten and although some would omit one or the other to make way for some other film but this is just too damn good to cancel out in my opinion. SHUTTER ISLAND is a brilliantly crafted psychological thriller with yet another fantastic display of powerhouse performance from DiCaprio, Scorsese paints a stark and desolate landscape that is both chilling and very unnerving and the influence and imprint of the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock in this movie is undeniable. It may have divided audiences and critics and whatnot but Shutter Island sits firmly on this list as one of the best films of 2010. ” - mr_popcorn
Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ A superhero film with high rewatchability value, a kick-ass (pun!) soundtrack and balletic, ultra violent fight scenes; Matthew Vaughn's KICK-ASS is the most delightful, most absurd and deliciously wicked film I've seen all year and the best time I've had watching it in a theater packed with a great audience who laughed and cheered in unison every second of the way. The psychopathic father-daughter duo played with aplomb by both Nicolas Cage (his best performance in years!) and newcomer Chloe Moretz was the highlight of the film for me, with Cage pulling off a hilarious Adam West impression and his over-the-tip antics put to good use and Moretz lighting up the screen with bodily dismemberment and awesome karate ninja moves. I've probably seen this more than I can count, and there is no end in sight. I will never get tired of this flick. Cunt. ” - mr_popcorn
Toy Story 3 (2010)
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The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ It should be stipulated in every year end list that if a Pixar film is not in your top 10, it should considered irrelevant, invalid and moot. Because really, up to this point in time, Pixar can virtually do no wrong. Its almost near exhaustion all the high praises and cheers that we've all given them and Toy Story 3 is yet another cog in their near perfect track record. Deeply felt and high on nostalgia that's also bordering on equally depressing, grimy stuff (you know what scene I'm talking about) and all the the gamut of emotions reaching its peak with a magnificently well done and an amazing end to a truly brilliant trilogy. I haven't cried this much over a toy since my GI Joe collector's action figure was stolen by a homeless man. ” - mr_popcorn
The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
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As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
Animal Kingdom (2010)
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A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
The Town (2010)
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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
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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
MacGruber (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Former special operative MacGruber is called back into action to take down his arch-enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying Washington, D.C. (90 mins.)
Director: Jorma Taccone
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
Rabbit Hole (2010)
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Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. (91 mins.)
The Other Guys (2010)
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Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned. (107 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
True Grit (2010)
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A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)