Best of 2011

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1.
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
 
2.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ There is SO MUCH I loved about this movie.
I didnt know Owen Wilson had a Woody Allen trapped inside.
Magically beautyful experience for the senses.
If you like Woody Allen you should check it out, cause here he is at one of his finest moments.


8.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
3.
Hugo (2011)
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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
“ Reminded me why I loved movies in the first place. ” - aax-11
 
4.
Win Win (2011)
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A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ I loved this movie! it's a small one, and you have to appreciate the little things to like it. Personally it worked for me the whole way.


8/10 ” - aax-11
 
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
 
6.
The Tree of Life (2011)
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The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Now this is what I call film making outside of the box. ” - aax-11
 
7.
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
“ Can't be too objective about this movie because I grew up with HP.
I will say that given that it is the final delivery, it gives all the answers and tides every lose end, which is always good.

I will also say (without spoilling anything) that Snape becomes one of the bravest characters ever.

8/10 ” - aax-11
 
8.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
9.
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.
50/50 (2011)
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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
 
11.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
12.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
 
13.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
“ 7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
14.
Warrior (2011)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
15.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (132 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
16.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ As long as you accept the premise, it's a pretty damn good ride.


7,5/10 ” - aax-11
 
17.
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
“ A fun ride, a plot that is always developing which is good and some good acting from Jake G.


7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
18.
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
“ I really liked this movie, although it's not for everyone.



7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
19.
The Help (2011)
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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
 
20.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime. (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
“ Pretty Good court room drama. This must be the first Matthew McConaughey movie I actually like.

7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
21.
Rango (2011)
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Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Animated western for all audiences.

It's all about 'The Spirit of the West, amigo'

7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Shaolin (2011)
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After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. (131 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
“ Great Story, some good wire-fu, if you enjoy this kind of movies, you'll definitly want to check out this one.


7.5/10 ” - aax-11
 
25.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
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The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
“ Good Irish-mob story. Great cast as well, I would've like to see more of Val Kilmer, though.


7/10 ” - aax-11
 
26.
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
“ Great art direction. the story has been done a few times in the last years but it's still good.
The leading chick is *beep* good.

7/10 ” - aax-11
 
27.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
“ Just as good as the first one, I love how these movies capture the essence of kung fu.


7/10 ” - aax-11
 
28.
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
“ The kids were awesome.



7/10 ” - aax-11
 
29.
Puss in Boots (2011)
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An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Miller
 
30.
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
“ LOTS of funny moments



7/10 ” - aax-11