My Favorite of 2011

by MCarWV | created - 15 May 2011 | updated - 15 Oct 2011 | Public

My favorite movies - not necessarily the best - of 2011. Will update as I see more. Comment if you have any suggestions for what to see from this year.

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1. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 304,984 | Gross: $75.61M

2. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 305,813 | Gross: $127.00M

3. Cedar Rapids (2011)

R | 87 min | Comedy

6.3
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70 Metascore

Tim Lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the "guidance" of three convention veterans.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Votes: 33,871 | Gross: $6.86M

4. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

Votes: 234,173 | Gross: $169.11M

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 572,095 | Gross: $176.65M

6. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 566,629 | Gross: $146.41M

7. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 213,785 | Gross: $62.50M

8. Paul (2011)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Mia Stallard

Votes: 207,058 | Gross: $37.41M

9. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 186,133 | Gross: $58.01M

10. Horrible Bosses (2011)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

6.9
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57 Metascore

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Wiebe

Votes: 377,982 | Gross: $117.54M

11. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 348,161 | Gross: $352.39M

12. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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57 Metascore

The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 596,850 | Gross: $181.03M

13. The Hangover Part II (2011)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.5
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44 Metascore

Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha

Votes: 405,628 | Gross: $254.46M

14. Your Highness (2011)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.5
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31 Metascore

When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her... accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker

Votes: 89,636 | Gross: $21.60M

15. No Strings Attached (I) (2011)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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50 Metascore

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes

Votes: 183,779 | Gross: $70.66M

16. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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38 Metascore

An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

Votes: 81,059 | Gross: $33.05M

17. Just Go with It (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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33 Metascore

On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 187,491 | Gross: $103.03M

18. The Green Hornet (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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39 Metascore

Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

Votes: 142,950 | Gross: $98.78M

19. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 459,178 | Gross: $79.25M

20. Hall Pass (2011)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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45 Metascore

Rick and Fred, two husbands who are having difficulty in their marriages, are given a Hall Pass by their wives: for one week, they can do whatever they want.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 108,823 | Gross: $45.06M

21. The Dilemma (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

5.3
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46 Metascore

A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 46,163 | Gross: $48.48M

22. Unknown (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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56 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 223,353 | Gross: $63.69M

23. The Mechanic (2011)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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49 Metascore

Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 132,824 | Gross: $29.12M

24. I Am Number Four (2011)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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36 Metascore

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 207,096 | Gross: $55.10M

25. The Roommate (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.9
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23 Metascore

When college freshman Sara arrives on campus for the first time, she befriends her roommate, Rebecca, unaware that the girl is becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Christian E. Christiansen | Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka

Votes: 31,211 | Gross: $37.30M