Top twenty of 2010.

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1.
The Illusionist (2010)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ I was just completely spellbound. Magical, magical, magical. ” - Dylan-o
 
2.
The American (2010)
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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ As close to the heyday of European filmmaking as America is ever likely to get. Poetry. The way the story is told entirely through action is extremely commendable; the purest kind of movie-making. ” - Dylan-o
 
3.
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
“ They don't come more bittersweet than this. A perfect ending to the greatest trilogy of all-time. ” - Dylan-o
 
4.
Cemetery Junction (2010)
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A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading. (95 mins.)
“ A classic, straightforward, old-school coming-of-age film completely free of pretense and full of emotion and unforced humour. ” - Dylan-o
 
5.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
“ Genuinely disturbing, cringeworthily funny and some of the most remarkable cinematography you will ever see. ” - Dylan-o
 
6.
Separado! (2010 Documentary)
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The documentary centers on Gruff Rhys's quest to meet up with his lost long Patagonian uncle, musician René Griffiths. (84 mins.)
“ An uplifting but thought-provoking celebration of the powers of the modern age and the universal magic of music. Utterly optimistic and admirably playful. ” - Dylan-o
 
7.
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
“ Contains moments of pure poetry never seen in Harry Potter before. Actually, scrap that, never seen in any blockbuster before. Many of the series' finest scenes, and a host of Britain's finest actors at the top of their game. ” - Dylan-o
 
8.
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 wild ride - completely irresponsible but all the more entertaining for it. Top-notch action, top-notch comedy - the best superhero film ever. ” - Dylan-o
 
9.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
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A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62. (135 mins.)
Director: Joann Sfar
“ Perfectly captures the essence of a legend. Practically flawless, and some of the recreations of Gainsbourg's songs make for some of the best scenes of the year. ” - Dylan-o
 
10.
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
“ Genius use of special effects, hilarious supporting turns and storytelling gimmicks, and a truly engrossing plotline - complete tosh, but wildly entertaining. ” - Dylan-o
 
11.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
“ What starts out as an innocent, mildly funny documentary because a hugely thought-provoking essay on the trials of the modern age, the dangers of the changing American dream, and one of the greatest conundrums of a central character I've ever seen. The last line was beautiful, and the scenes between Angela and Nev shattered me. ” - Dylan-o
 
12.
Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
“ An interestingly-photographed and endlessly interesting study of a great poetry legend and his most famous work. Franco shines. ” - Dylan-o
 
13.
Baarìa (2009)
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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born. (163 mins.)
“ Hardly the most revolutionary film ever made, but it's 150 minutes of Tornatore doing what he knows best - thankfully, I'm a massive fan of his, so this was like heaven for me. ” - Dylan-o
 
14.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ A fascinating and funny documentary that raises more questions than it answers. Ifans' deadpan narration makes the film, and it's an enlightening study of art in the 21st century. ” - Dylan-o
 
15.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ The way the story is told and the performances in it greatly transcend a quite poor central story. Still, it contains some unforgettable images. ” - Dylan-o
 
16.
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
“ One of the most shocking, powerful endings ever and a great supporting turn by Jacki Weaver. Feels wholly authentic. ” - Dylan-o
 
17.
Greenberg (2010)
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A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant. (107 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Baumbach scathingly satirizes a certain type of hypocritical modern subculture brilliantly well. Gerwig gives one of the performances of the year. ” - Dylan-o
 
18.
Certified Copy (2010)
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In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper. (106 mins.)
“ Binoche is electric, the characterization clear and crisp - the first act is incredibly similar to Before Sunset and the intentional ambiguity doesn't quite have he desired effect, but it is a memorable and thoughtful cinematic experiment. ” - Dylan-o
 
19.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
“ Playful, silly and completely entertaining for the entirety of its running time. Jeunet's best. ” - Dylan-o