2011 - The Year in Movies

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1.
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
 
2.
Open Hearts (2002)
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A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Seen as part of Mads Mikkelsen retrospective – From Denmark with Love ” - cw1312
 
3.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
 
4.
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
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A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh. (112 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
5.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
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A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
6.
Hereafter (2010)
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A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways. (129 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
7.
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
 
8.
Another Year (2010)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
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A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. (113 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
 
11.
No Strings Attached (2011)
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A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more. (108 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
12.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
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The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. (106 mins.)
Director: George Nolfi
 
13.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
14.
The King's Speech (2010)
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The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
15.
In a Better World (2010)
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The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Didn't breathe for two hours. On the other hand I appreciate Susanne Bier's portraits of real people with real problems ” - cw1312
 
16.
Source Code (2011)
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A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ "Everything's going to be okay." Who am I to argue with Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus one has to admire the aerial shots of Chicago and the efficient filmmaking. A eight min story cleverly stretched into a feature length film. ” - cw1312
 
17.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
18.
The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010)
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Non-linearly follows two kids, rejected by their peers, who become friends. They separate later in life and dedicate to their careers. Still, they feel as if something is missing. (118 mins.)
“ Childhood traumas played out over 20 years. Borderline weird but gripping. Courageous edit with sparse but effect use of sound and music. ” - cw1312
 
19.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime. (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
“ mainly worth watching
1) for the well structured line that marks the midst of the film (and serves as a cliffhanger for the inevitable Swiss intermission): "You got one client in jail for what the other client did. What you're going to do, Mick? What are you going to do?"
2) to see that even Matthew "Mahogany" can't defy age ” - cw1312
 
20.
Chico & Rita (2010)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
“ Yet another proof that animation (no matter how beautiful and how brilliant the music) is not for me. ” - cw1312
 
21.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Tapestry of little nuggets cleverly woven together. ” - cw1312
 
22.
The Guard (2011)
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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
 
23.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ Casting Demi Moore as Chief Risk Officer (!!!) doesn't hide the fact that it's a very flat script - or simply a montage of Kevin Spacey in front of the NY skyline at night. Paul Bettany on a rooftop ledge gives a glimpse into a dark, twisted character and a storyline that - if followed - would have made for a more engaging movie. Opportunity missed and talent wasted. Shame! ” - cw1312
 
24.
Short Cuts (1993)
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The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents. (188 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
25.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
26.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
27.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
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The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks. (117 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
28.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ An egg in every frame. Quirky production design that is uniquely Kaurismäki. ” - cw1312
 
29.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ Wonderful performances in a surprisingly debate-free story about toilets. Absolutely no need to bring your thinking cap. ” - cw1312
 
30.
Toast (2010 TV Movie)
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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: S J Clarkson
“ Actors I admire in roles that are in a disengaging way slightly over the top. ” - cw1312
 
31.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón