The TOP 20 of 2011

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1.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ 10/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
2.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
3.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ 10/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
4.
Hugo (2011)
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Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
5.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
6.
Carnage (2011)
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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. (80 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
7.
The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie)
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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs. (91 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
8.
Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
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A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. (110 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
9.
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.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
10.
The Turin Horse (2011)
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A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. (146 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
11.
Moneyball (2011)
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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. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
12.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
13.
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. (92 mins.)
Director: Lech Majewski
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
14.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (87 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
15.
Elena (2011)
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When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ... (109 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
16.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
17.
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 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
18.
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
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
19.
Headhunters (2011)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (100 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov
 
20.
Red State (2011)
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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ 9/10 ” - Igor Balashov