Top 25 Movies of 2011

A list of my top movies from 2011 (as per release dates in Australia) for the period between January 2011 - February 2012
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1.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ 4.4 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
2.
Hanna (2011)
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A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ 4.4 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
3.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Alexander Payne delivers a visually and emotionally charged film. Strong performances from George Clooney and Shailene Woodley coupled by some seriously breathtaking visuals of Hawaii makes this a must watch. - 4.4 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
4.
Source Code (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ A cerebral thriller that moves at lightening quick pace (117 mins). Full points to Duncan Jones (Moon) for coming up with this original yet thought provoking story. Possibly the best original screenplay of the year. - 4.3 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
5.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
6.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Based on the classic novel of the same name, Tomas Alfredson's adaptation stays true to the book and its time period. Art Direction and Cinematography being its other strengths. A tale of treachery and treason. - 4.3 / 5

Gary Oldman proves yet again why he is one of the best actors of his generation, essaying the role of George Smiley (once "owned" by Thespian Alec Guinness), earning him his first (and much overdue) Oscar nomination. ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
7.
Contagion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
“ With a water tight screenplay and a stellar cast, "Contagion" is a smart and scary disaster movie. Excellent cinematography and background heighten the experience. Full points to Soderbergh for pulling this one off. - 4.3 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
8.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ A look at the life of The Help in Jackson, Mississippi is not without its flaws, but powerful performances from Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howardmakes this an enthralling and entertaining film. How Bryce Dallas Howard got overlooked for performance during the award season will remain a mystery! 4.3 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
9.
The Debt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (113 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ With some genuinely tense moments and brilliant performances from Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren, "The Debt" is a reminder of what made espionage movies an entertaining watch. 4.3 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
10.
Julia's Eyes (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister. (118 mins.)
Director: Guillem Morales
“ "Julia's Eyes" - a psychology thriller that is sure to get you jumping out of your seat with brilliant cinematography that only serves to heighten the suspense. Belen Rueda is clearly the star of the show. - 4.2 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
11.
Another Earth (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
“ "Another Earth" was the darling of the indie film circuit and rightly so. A look at the human race's unending desire for second chances. "Another Earth" is a science fiction film with a very strong philosophical message. Brilliant performances and an ending that is sure to get you thinking. Special mention for the pulsating soundtrack. - 4.2 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
12.
50/50 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ A look at an individuals battle with cancer. The movie's USP is Will Reiser's screenplay, which manoeuvres from drama to comedy and back with ease and flair. Stand out performances from Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt just add to the experience. A feel good comedy/drama. 4.2 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
13.
Jane Eyre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
“ A eerie yet elegant adaptation of the classic novel with brilliant performances from Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Also refreshing to see Sally Hawkins play negative for a change. - 4.2 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
14.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret 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
“ Martin Scorsese proves again why he is one of the best film makers alive. Recreating cinema of yore, giving the current generation a glimpse at the glitz and glamour of cinema from the 20's. Brilliant use of 3D and some very good performances from Ben Kingsley and Chloe Moretz makes this a very satisfying watch. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
15.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ A dark and disturbing story coupled by a very convincing and heartfelt performance by Elizabeth Olsen. Sean Durkin makes a sensational debut. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
16.
7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Susanna's quest for love leads to a series of marriages, each ending in the mysterious death of her latest husband. (137 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Vishal Bharadwaj's screenplay and an engaging score along with a sensational performance from Priyanka Chopra and a stellar supporting cast makes this one a winner. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
17.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Super 8 is a brilliant homage to the Spielberg that we all grew up watching. Taking inspirations from classics "E.T" and "Jurassic Park" to name a few. Striking performances from the young cast, brilliantly choreographed action sequences makes this the action movie of the winter/summer (depending on which side of the equator your on). - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
18.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine
“ A brutal and frank look at two individuals seeking redemption. Olivia Coleman gives the performance of the year. Paddy Considine's debut directorial effort is a dark yet uplifting film. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
19.
Shaitan (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident. (121 mins.)
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
“ A fine directorial debut from Bejoy Nambiar. Good performances coupled by excellent cinematography makes this a refreshing and entertaining watch. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
20.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ A strong script, stand out performances from Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon. All this Matthew Vaughn's stylish direction, couldn't possibly go wrong. A much needed revival for this ailing franchise. - 4.1 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
21.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Bennet Miller manages to overcome a clichéd subject with some razor sharp editing and decent performances from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. - 4.0 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
22.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Predictable plot but stellar performances from Christian Bale, Mellisa Leo and Amy Adams makes "The Fighter" a must watch. - 4.0 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
23.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute... (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
“ Matthew McConaughey excels in this predictable yet entertaining fare. - 4.0 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
24.
Young Adult (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Young Adult is a funny yet dark look at the effects of prolonged adolescence. Powerful performances from Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt - 4.0 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1
 
25.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. (113 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ For Janet McTeer's stellar performance and the near perfect Production Design and Make Up - 4.0 / 5 ” - sachin-vinod-1