Films I watched in 2011

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1.
The Future (2011)
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When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Submarino (2010)
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth. (105 mins.)
 
5.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
6.
Play (2011)
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An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys... (118 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
7.
Sons of Norway (2011)
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It's not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party... One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son... (87 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
8.
Superclásico (2011)
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Christian is a Copenhagen wine seller on the brink of bankruptcy. Equally unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life... (99 mins.)
 
9.
Without (2011)
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On a remote wooded island, a young woman becomes caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. Her isolated routine devolves into a struggle with sexuality, guilt and loss. (88 mins.)
Director: Mark Jackson
 
10.
Underkastelsen (2010 Documentary)
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Documentary in which director Stefan Jarl has a blood test performed on himself to show the "chemical burden" of trace chemicals in the blood of all people born since World War II. (87 mins.)
Director: Stefan Jarl
 
11.
Wonderland (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Boy Cheerleaders (2010)
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The film follows the team and their families as the boys fluff up their pom poms and prepare for the National Championships in Coventry...
 
12.
The Last Day of Winter (2014)
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Two young lovers are confronted with a betrayal to the Heart without cracking it open to new experiences... (82 mins.)
 
13.
Scenes from the Suburbs (2011 Short Film)
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Directed by Spike Jonze, Scenes from the Suburbs is a half-hour short film inspired by Arcade Fire's Grammy(r) award-winning album The Suburbs... (28 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
14.
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
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A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. (106 mins.)
Director: Liev Schreiber
 
15.
Lick the Star (1998 Short Film)
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A clique of school girls devise a secret plan that they code-name "Lick the Star". (14 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
16.
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
 
17.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
18.
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
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The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother... (111 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
19.
Italian for Beginners (2000)
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Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. (112 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
20.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
21.
Outbound (2010)
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A drama about a woman who seems able to overcome everything for freedom, except for her past mistakes. (87 mins.)
 
22.
Best Intentions (2011)
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Alex, in his mid-thirties, is a quite neurotic character. When his mother is hospitalized with a stroke... (105 mins.)
Director: Adrian Sitaru
 
23.
The Cage (2010 Short Film)
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Parents squabbling over a sick bird that was brought in by their son Alex. (17 mins.)
Director: Adrian Sitaru
 
24.
Hooked (2008)
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The story of some ordinary people who undergo a relationship crisis, as well as a consciousness crisis - people who find themselves in an extreme situation and give up their principles. (84 mins.)
Director: Adrian Sitaru
 
25.
Waves (2007 Short Film)
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A beautiful Western woman asks a Gypsy to watch her four-year-old child while she is taught how to swim by a flirtatious married man, before she disappears into the sea. (16 mins.)
Director: Adrian Sitaru
 
26.
Hold Me Tight (2010)
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A film about peer pressure and taking responsibility for one's own life. The story revolves around Sara... (80 mins.)
Director: Kaspar Munk
 
27.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
 
28.
Less Than Zero (1987)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
 
29.
Rio (2011)
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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
 
30.
Adventureland (2009)
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In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. (107 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
31.
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
 
32.
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
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
Armadillo (2010 Documentary)
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In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo... (105 mins.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
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
 
39.
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father. (92 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
40.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
 
41.
Koran by Heart (2011 Documentary)
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A global contest reading of the Quran by young Muslim children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during Ramadan. A coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times. (90 mins.)
Director: Greg Barker
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Alps (2011)
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A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. (93 mins.)
 
44.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
45.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. (119 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
Love Addict (2011 Documentary)
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Are you addicted to love? Through personal stories of love addicts and the people around them this documentary explores the nature of love addiction... (87 mins.)
 
48.
The Kids Grow Up (2009 Documentary)
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A humorous and deeply moving look at father-daughter relationships, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest. (90 mins.)
Director: Doug Block
 
49.
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
 
50.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
51.
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
 
52.
Bullhead (2011)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. (129 mins.)