My Top 100 for 2010

Emilio directs Father Sheen, Aronofsky takes Portman to the dark side; Wahlberg and Bale are tops, and Australia has a dark past. (In list order.)
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1.
The Way (2010)
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A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. (123 mins.)
Director: Emilio Estevez
“ The way to the meaning of it all... ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Disturbing passion... ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
“ Never too old to come out. ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. (101 mins.)
“ Mental illness of a different kind. ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
“ Lesson to be learnt in crafting a story with documented footage from different sources. ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
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Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Loach
“ Those poor children before they became adults. ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Fighter (2010)
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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.)
“ A performance piece. ” - mifunesamurai
 
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
“ Real life in a year. ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Biutiful (2010)
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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
“ The ugliness of one's life. ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
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
“ Cast make the story click. ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Fincher knows how to tell a non-cinematic story... ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
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
“ A surreal treat... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ A fascinating observational piece on a relationship past and present... ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
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
“ Had fun with this... ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
Submarine (2010)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
“ Well told tale of despair in a life of misery... ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Inventive... ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
The American (2010)
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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ Nicely paced thriller... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
“ Filmmaking can never escape the politics... ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
Mammuth (2010)
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A retiree battles to obtain his rightfully due pension. (92 mins.)
“ He's such a loveable rogue... ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Rabbit Hole (2010)
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Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. (91 mins.)
“ Love it when big names do small indie... ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
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
“ A classy drama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
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.)
“ The Coen brothers do justice to the original... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
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A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman. (82 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
“ The big French man makes it worth the while... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
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
“ Always jolly good fun... ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
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
“ Instant cult classic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
Little White Lies (2010)
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A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart. (154 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ A stella French cast do friendships and heartbreaks... ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
Mamma Gógó (2010)
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A film director's personal journey experiencing his mother's disappearance into the Alzheimer disease, a film with essential Fridriksson's ingredients, humour, compassion and strong visual style. (90 mins.)
“ A personal tale... ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
Potiche (2010)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins... (103 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ Ozon has fun with this... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
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
“ True religious men... ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
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
“ Playing with your mind & senses... ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
Boy (2010)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
“ A Kiwi gem... ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
On the Path (2010)
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From Bosnia/Herzegovina: Amar finds a new job working with a community of Muslims. This affects his relationship with his girlfriend Luna as his beliefs begin to change. (100 mins.)
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
“ Thought provoking, told well... ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
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
“ A real treat as Tati comes alive in animation form.. ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
Please Give (2010)
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In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns. (87 mins.)
“ The faces of New York... ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
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
“ Gritty Aussie crime... ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Fair Game (2010)
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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. (108 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Dirty politics which makes the blood boil... ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
The Conspirator (2010)
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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Redford the political conscious of Hollywood... ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
Dumas (2010)
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Nobody knows Auguste Maquet, and yet everybody knows "The Three Musketeers", Everybody knows Alexandre... (105 mins.)
Director: Safy Nebbou
“ Larger than life, and I'm talking about Gerard... ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s. (115 mins.)
Director: Mat Whitecross
“ Wild man Dury... ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
Secretariat (2010)
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Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. (123 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ Love a good Horse story... ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
I Am (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ I admire Shadyac for exploring his life... ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ Be patient and you shall be rewarded... ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
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
“ Eastwood goes beyond the realm of life... ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Hang in there because you will be rewarded if you like your end war battles big and bloody... ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
3 (2010)
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A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man. (119 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ Tykwer explores the sexual side of life... ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
Conviction (2010)
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A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
“ Wow, talk about conviction... ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
Paper Birds (2010)
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The lives of a comics and artists group in the hard times after of Spanish Civil War. (122 mins.)
Director: Emilio Aragón
“ How the creative soul survives war time... ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
Freedom Riders (2010 Documentary)
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The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign. (117 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
“ A doco worth riding the bus for... ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
Morning Glory (2010)
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An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ Really enjoyable fluff about the politics of television... ” - mifunesamurai
 
50.
Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges. (122 mins.)
“ The true heroes of war... ” - mifunesamurai
 
51.
The Way Back (2010)
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Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A grim journey for freedom... ” - mifunesamurai
 
52.
The Tree (2010)
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After the death of her father, an 8-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house. (100 mins.)
“ Wonderful Aussie drama.. ” - mifunesamurai
 
53.
Black Venus (2010)
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The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers... (162 mins.)
“ Very sad indeed... ” - mifunesamurai
 
54.
Last Night (2010)
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The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. (93 mins.)
Director: Massy Tadjedin
“ The modern marriage... ” - mifunesamurai
 
55.
The Women on the 6th Floor (2010)
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In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. (102 mins.)
“ The sisters are doing it for themselves... ” - mifunesamurai
 
56.
Remember Me (2010)
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A romantic drama centered on two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother's suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother's murder. (113 mins.)
Director: Allen Coulter
“ How trauma of the heart brings two souls together... ” - mifunesamurai
 
57.
Four Lovers (2010)
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What are adult love affairs ? Two couples meet and fall in love, lose sight of each other in the confusion and end up pulling through. (103 mins.)
Director: Antony Cordier
“ Grown ups and their open games... ” - mifunesamurai
 
58.
Barney's Version (2010)
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The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. (134 mins.)
“ Giamatti eats this role up nicely... ” - mifunesamurai
 
59.
The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
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Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage... (139 mins.)
“ Tavernier never disappoints... ” - mifunesamurai
 
60.
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
“ Nicely done... ” - mifunesamurai
 
61.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
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A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. (109 mins.)
“ Gotta love the pairing of Jonah and Russell... ” - mifunesamurai
 
62.
The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (106 mins.)
“ If you loved the band and the music, you'll enjoy this... ” - mifunesamurai
 
63.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese has cinematic fun with this one... ” - mifunesamurai
 
64.
I'm Still Here (2010)
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Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. (108 mins.)
Director: Casey Affleck
“ Clever little piss-take... ” - mifunesamurai
 
65.
Due Date (2010)
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High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time. (95 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Quiet liked the stupidity of this... ” - mifunesamurai
 
66.
The Matchmaker (2010)
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During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered. (112 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
“ An enjoyable coming of age in the Summer of '68... ” - mifunesamurai
 
67.
Tabloid (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. (87 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ How strange the truth can be... ” - mifunesamurai
 
68.
The Town (2010)
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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Affleck as director warming up for better things to come... ” - mifunesamurai
 
69.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Even Woody's hit and misses are worth the while... ” - mifunesamurai
 
70.
Megamind (2010)
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The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
“ A silly hoot... ” - mifunesamurai
 
71.
Little Big Soldier (2010)
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An old soldier kidnaps a young general of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward. (96 mins.)
Director: Ding Sheng
“ Jackie still got it... ” - mifunesamurai
 
72.
6ft Hick: Notes from the Underground (2010 Documentary)
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Armed only with strut and pure provocation, 6ft Hick level a rock 'n' roll sucker punch you would lean in for. Slog 6000 kms across Europe with Australia's mangiest Rockabilly Punks, through 15 shows in 18 days. (62 mins.)
Director: Marty Moynihan
“ The real ugly and creative side of music touring... ” - mifunesamurai
 
73.
My Kidnapper (2010 Documentary)
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In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage in Colombia. One year after his release one of his kidnappers contacted him by email. Now he's going back to meet him and finally close this chapter in his life. (83 mins.)
“ Fascinating story... ” - mifunesamurai
 
74.
Robin Hood (2010)
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In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. (140 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Saved by the talent and the direction... ” - mifunesamurai
 
75.
How Do You Know (2010)
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After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau. (121 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Not the best of L Brooks, but what a fine cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
76.
The Trip (2010)
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Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. (112 mins.)
“ The cheeky trio hit the foodie road with some delight... ” - mifunesamurai
 
77.
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
“ Well thought out Danish drama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
78.
Somewhere (2010)
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After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Always giving us something different... ” - mifunesamurai
 
79.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
“ A little Indie sleeper full of surprises... ” - mifunesamurai
 
80.
The Infidel (2010)
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An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish. (105 mins.)
“ You gotta laugh... ” - mifunesamurai
 
81.
Room in Rome (2010)
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A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls. (109 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
“ Very sensual... ” - mifunesamurai
 
82.
Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
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Johnny Rizzo, is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that'll pay enough to please his fiancée... (89 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ Burns does an intelligent job on this kind of rom-com... ” - mifunesamurai
 
83.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Polanski manages to pull it off with the help of a fine cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
84.
20 Cigarettes (2010)
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Autobiographical story about an assistant director who receives an offer to shoot a film in Iraq. (94 mins.)
“ Never reached its true potential, but still worth the look... ” - mifunesamurai
 
85.
Red Hill (2010)
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A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town. (95 mins.)
Director: Patrick Hughes
“ A decent modern Aussie Western... ” - mifunesamurai
 
86.
Passione (2010)
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A look at the musical roots and traditions of Naples, Italy, as well as its influence on the rest of the world. (90 mins.)
Director: John Turturro
“ It's all about the amazing music... ” - mifunesamurai
 
87.
Burke and Hare (2010)
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A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Another cheeky surprise from Landis... ” - mifunesamurai
 
88.
Leap Year (2010)
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Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rowe
“ An intense sexual relationship done well... ” - mifunesamurai
 
89.
Le café du pont (2010)
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Ten-year-old Pierrot is just another kid. For the time being, he grows with his younger brother Jeannot in a flat above "Le Café du Pont"... (95 mins.)
Director: Manuel Poirier
“ Growing up in a war torn French country town can have its moments... ” - mifunesamurai
 
90.
La nostra vita (2010)
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Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child... (98 mins.)
“ A modern Italian neo-realism that is a fine drama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
91.
The Tourist (2010)
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Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. (103 mins.)
“ On a silly dangerous holiday with Depp and Jolie... ” - mifunesamurai
 
92.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
“ Great cast for a very silly and enjoyable comedy... ” - mifunesamurai
 
93.
Four Lions (2010)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
“ You gotta laugh... ” - mifunesamurai
 
94.
Main Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with... (92 mins.)
Director: John Doyle
“ A nice way to pass the time... ” - mifunesamurai
 
95.
Loose Cannons (2010)
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Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
“ Not a bad Italian drama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
96.
American Grindhouse (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. (80 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
“ A nice little trip down memory lane gutter... ” - mifunesamurai
 
97.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
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Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible. (90 mins.)
Director: Leon Ford
“ An Aussie superhero of some sort... ” - mifunesamurai
 
98.
Edge of Darkness (2010)
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As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Before Mel went mad... ” - mifunesamurai
 
99.
The Extra Man (2010)
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A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. (108 mins.)
“ Had its heart in the right place... ” - mifunesamurai
 
100.
The Best Things in the World (2010)
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Mano has to deal with adolescence dilemmas and his family destruction, after his father leaves their house. (100 mins.)
Director: Laís Bodanzky
“ Growing up pains the South American way... ” - mifunesamurai