Best of 2011 So Far...

Combination of films I saw at Sundance and wide release films.
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1.
Gun Hill Road (2011)
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. (86 mins.)
“ Terrific, poignant look at redemption, love, and family. The 'Precious' of 2011. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
2.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
“ Fascinating, funny, sad, and heartwarming. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
3.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiance's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen's best film in a long time. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
4.
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
“ The most fun and intense action film of the year. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
5.
Super 8 (2011)
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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
“ Classic Spielberg + Sci Fi Maestro J.J. Abrams = One exciting film. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
6.
How to Die in Oregon (2011 Documentary)
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In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication... (107 mins.)
“ As emotional of a movie experience I have ever had. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
7.
Bridesmaids (2011)
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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. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ Funniest film of the year. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
8.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ A classic film franchise comes to an action packed, emotionally charged ending. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
9.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Michael Shannon's commanding performance carries this fascinating psychological thriller. ” - bluedevilkw2002
 
10.
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.)
“ Gleeson and Cheadle are a perfect odd couple in this terrific buddy/cop comedy. ” - bluedevilkw2002