All the Films I Saw From 2011 Ranked - Movies I saw in a theater

As prices go up with movies, I go less and less. This year was also not a good year for movies and as weekend box office determines a movie's time in the theater, there is less opportunity to go see any movies before they are pulled before the next film. Most of these I saw on DVD and very few left any long-term impression. There are also still many movies to be released in theaters which are supposed to be good so I will update the list in weeks to come.
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Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan 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
“ Grade: A - A great visual treat as cameras swoop in the train station in beautiful detail, I was mezmorized by the movie and loved seeing it in 3D. I doubt I will see a better movie this year. ” - smith-d-c
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ Grade: A - If you love old fashioned moviemaking from the greatest modern director, then go see War Horse in a theater. From John William's score, Michael Kahn's editing, and Kaminski's breathtaking cinematography, this is a wonderful story of how life changes for everyone, but a horse remains constant. Joey is a great character and takes you on the journey through his eyes of the war. Great Spielberg film that maybe sentimental but it old-fashioned moviemaking at its best. ” - smith-d-c
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ Grade: A- - The master director and master producer returns for this awesome adventure mo-cap animated film. Reporter and detective, Tintin and his loyal dog, Snowy, find a model ship containing a message for finding a treasure. From there the film takes off and we are off on a fantastic adventure. Loved the whole experience and I love the comics. Spielberg has had a double home run this year. The only flaw is that the film is kind of abrupt in the ending but I loved it anyway. Get this one! ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: A- - A powerful moving film about life for black maids in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960's. You can just give out the awards right now for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who are outstanding. This maybe the first movie where I finally liked Emma Stone and understood her appeal. The biggest shock to me was Jessica Chastain. Could this be the same woman who was in The Debt and The Tree of Life now playing the comic relief with a tragic side? What an actress she is! My only criticism at 2:15 minutes, it does go on too long, even though I like how it ended. I thought it was going to be another Driving Miss Daisy or Fried Green Tomatoes, it's a worthy entry into the civil rights of the south genre. ” - smith-d-c
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Grade: A- - A charming modernized silent movie with French leads and a great supporting cast. This is definately one of the best pictures this year, but the year is mediocre overall. The movie is one part Singin in the Rain, one part A Star is Born, and one part Sunset Boulevard (all of which are some of my favorite movies, so there is an element of nostalgia for me in wishing we had more films like these).I loved the movie but I did find because I was familiar with those films that the story was obvious where it was going and ultimately feel that the picture will be forgettable. That said it has a wonderful score and well-directed with subtle terrific performances, including a scene stealing dog. ” - smith-d-c
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Grade: A- - This wonderful animated visual film is for movie lovers. Constant referrals to great movies and terrific soundtrack as well as great humor and fun with the animal characters. I had a great time watching this movie in 2D. ” - smith-d-c
The Beaver (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating. (91 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
“ Grade: A- - Mel Gibson may have his problems but I have always loved the guy and his movies. he is excellent here and Jodie Foster gives one of her best directorial jobs. In addition, Jennifer Lawrence is excellent as the girlfriend of Mel's son. I was moved deeply by this movie. An excellent drama. ” - smith-d-c
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Grade: A-/B+ - A difficult film to grade because it is more art than movie. I worried that this might be a pretentious movie and avoided it in the cinema. I finally saw it and was quite wowed by many parts. I found it a fascinating tone poem in many scenes. The use of classical music was particularly effective. I found the performances by the young boys to be excellent and Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain did a great job as the strict father and warm mother. I guess if there is a fault it is the story with Sean Penn as the older Jack and some vignettes didn't work as well or were confusing, such as the dress put in the river as well as some very slow parts, but it is well worth seeing. A truly ambitious somewhat mezmorizing film that poses some profound questions and gives comfort to those questioning God. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade A-/B+ - This was one of the most absorbing movies this year with terrific characters and sense of time and place. I loved the scenes in the house with excellent performances by the younger actors. When it switched into the modern era, it was less interesting and the plot took some strange turns. This is a good solid thriller that I do recommend. ” - smith-d-c
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Grade: B+ - I have loved all Harry Potter films and can't wait to add this to my collection. The entire cast has grown completely into their roles. The movie is action packed and great fun. I love this series. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B+ - A movie about the baseball business with lots of talk of statistics and lectures on picking players through numbers. It sounds boring (well, parts are) but overall it is very well written and features good performances, particularly by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (whom I normally hate in everything). I will say that the games are way overdone with exaggerated lack of sound and slow motion to indicate the highlights, and you are not a businessman or baseball fan you will probably like the movie less. It is a good solid movie for me though and will probably win adapted screenplay at the Oscars. ” - smith-d-c
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
“ Grade: B+ - I have never been a Monroe fan. I always thought she was a bimbo and a bad actress, however Michele Williams perfectly captures her vulnerability and movie star quality. There isn't much story in this movie only kind of a reminiscence about a week on the set with her, but the movie is very charming. Kenneth Branaugh is excellent as Lawrence Oliver, not to take anything away from C. Plummer, but Branagh should have won the oscar. Emma Watson also has a nice adult supporting role. A real charmer for film buffs or Monroe fans. ” - smith-d-c
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Grade: B+ - This movie was a brilliant romantic comedy the first 3/4. Great cast, funny, romantic, sweet, and really smart about love. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling especially have some of the funniest scenes. I even enjoyed the babysitter plot. Then something happened to make this going from being one of the best movies of 2011 to mediocre, a surprise twist that made it more like a TV sitcom, including a stupid fight and terrible ending of a graduation speech that completely derailed the movie for me and went from being one of the greatest romantic comedies to just another romantic comedy. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B+ - A good entertaining sci-fi thriller with Jake G. and Michelle Monahan showing excellent chemistry and well done in special effects. A good popcorn entertainment. ” - smith-d-c
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Grade: B+ - I had a great time watching Craig and Ford in the old West, I enjoyed the early parts and felt that the aliens were scary. It loses a little when Olivia Wilde reveals her secret but I found most of the movie great popcorn entertainment and Craig and Ford are terrific. ” - smith-d-c
Horrible Bosses (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. (98 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ Grade: B+ - A very funny film that had me laughing continuously. Kevin Spacey gives one of his most sleaziest performances and Colin Farell is also disgustingly funny. The movie had great dialogue and left me laughing the whole time. ” - smith-d-c
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. (84 mins.)
Director: Kelly Asbury
“ Grade: B+ - A fun film that embraces garden gnome culture of England. The soundtrack has some terrific Elton John songs and the characters are great fun. ” - smith-d-c
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (136 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ Grade: B+ - Much better than the sequels, great way to keep the story going, just tell a new adventure with the same characters. Depp, Rush, Cruz, and McShane have great fun with their parts. The story moves at a better pace and is interesting about the search of the Fountain of Youth. I had a great time watching this one. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B - Knowing what I know about the X Men made this an interesting movie, because I am watching a tragedy develop and know that these characters will not be friends at the movies end. The 5 main characters are well-played and well-developed and the story kept me going along through the twists and turns in the 1960s. The only fault is the same problem with all X Men movies, too many characters which show up and are not developed. I did enjoy Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, and Kevin Bacon as the bad guy, but the others were thrown in the story. ” - smith-d-c
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Grade: B - Woody's film is like Manhattan meets Zelig. Owen Wilson is fine but you need a degree in literature to understand some of the references. I liked a lot of the movie but the family scenes rang less true and had that predictable turn of the hero dating a teenager. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B - Charlize Theron is absolutely wonderful as a troubled failed teen novelist who travels back to her hometown to steal her married ex-boyfriend from his wife and newborn child. The picture is mislabeled as a comedy, it's more dramatic with her pathetic character and Patton Oswalt, very good, as her conscious. Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, who made Juno, do a great job writing for these "outside" characters. I did feel that the picture makes a couple of errors toward the end with some of the character's decisions but overall, it's a good movie to rent. ” - smith-d-c
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 trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Grade: B - A very stylish but incredibly violent existential thriller about a stunt driver who gets involved with a robbery in order to help the woman and child he cares about, and it all goes horribly wrong. Ryan Gosling gives a great understated performance and the direction is extremely stylish using wipe screens, double images, overhead shots, and film noir colors. However, this film is not easy to watch because it is very very violent. At times just about every character is a psychotic who sadistically stabs, cuts, hits, shoots, or kicks people continuously. ” - smith-d-c
The Muppets (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ Grade: B - As a lifelong fan of the Muppets, I so looked forward to this movie. It was good but I felt that it was very sentimental and if you were not familiar with the Muppets, you would be lost. It is a good addition but I still think the original muppet trilogy rules all. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B - A sad, funny, and uplifting movie about getting cancer. Joseph Gordon Levitt is superb and goes through all the emotions of having the disease. Also excellent are Anjelica Huston and Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard. A funny thing about Kendrick, every movie she always seems miscast or too young for the part, but each movie pulls out another outstanding performance. Seth Rogan is not an actor, I've ever liked and unfortunately continues to play the same stoner douchebag with loyalty to friends that he has played everytime. For me, he lessens my grade down to a B. ” - smith-d-c
Beginners (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Grade: B - An extremely well-acted film with not much story. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are excellent as father and son coping with Plummer's announcement of his homosexuality and his cancer. But the film is not maudlin and is more of a love story, played perfectly by Melanie Laurent and Goran Visnic. The film does jump back in forth in time which can get confusing, plays too much with the quirkiness of the characters, and can also be preachy about gay rights but I enjoyed the acting and many individual scenes. I think the Academy giving the award to Plummer will be more of a lifetime achievement award, but it is also well-deserved, however, McGregor continues to be overlooked and hopefully will get recognition soon. ” - smith-d-c
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Grade: B - I enjoyed this comic book movie because Kenneth Branaugh has a great visual style in Asgard. The story is far more interesting in the god world, than on earth. Thor and Loki are interesting characters and their conflict makes for epic storytelling. ” - smith-d-c
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ Grade: B - The script and story are excellent throughout and the film includes great references to the classic Planet of the Apes, especially by Draco Malfoy himself, Tom Felton. The actors do a good job in their parts and the picture is good. However, I found that the CGI used was distracting. I never really thought they looked like chimpanzees, more like Jumanji special effects. I also found that there were many holes in the plot and many parts were not explained. I also thought Frida Pinto was wasted as the token girlfriend. I still recommend it and find a worthy follow-up in the Apes franchise, but the overdone CGI killed it for me. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B - At the mid-point I loved this movie with the most awesome train crash since The Fugitive, the kids were great, the movie making plot was fun, and the film captured the Spielberg movies. Then the monster showed up and did so much damage and then I am supposed to root for the creature to escape to go home and realize he is misunderstood. NO WAY! Way to ruin a good movie. ” - smith-d-c
Tower Heist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ Grade: B - Another fun time in the movies. The entire cast is great and the movie has a lot of fun with the characters and heist story. A good matinee film that left me satisfied. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B - A good solid John Grisham like thriller with good performances and solid story and dialogue. But when you have seen one John Grisham novel, you've seen them all. ” - smith-d-c
Real Steel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ Grade: B - - Rocky or Over the Top with robots. You better believe it! It follows Rocky down to a tee. Hugh Jackman is always good as is Evangeline Lilly (although her role is wasted; I wish her more roles in the future and I know she can do better than the token girlfriend). The kid was annoying. The special effects are well-done and quite seamless and the fight scenes are really the best part of the movie. The ring scenes did have me cheering on, and of course there is a twist of humans in the end winning rather than the machine. It is a good popcorn movie and made for 10 year old boys, but it has some good fun along the way. ” - smith-d-c
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
“ Grade: B - - I loved the first movie and had trouble sleeping for days afterwards, the second one was horrible and felt it was a Blair Witch ripoff, but this one was pretty good. Twists that I did not see coming, a few jumps scares that turned out to be jokes, and real tension in the last twenty minutes. The pace of the film could be improved; I felt PA1 built each scene logically and had great character development, PA2 was excruciatingly dull, and PA3 had a very slow first 1/2 hour but by the time we got to the "Bloody Mary" scene, I was holding on to my couch pillow. There is room for a 4th movie, but I hope it will end there. ” - smith-d-c
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ Grade: B- - A good solid comedy/drama movie. I found the situation and characters believable but I was put off by the gross-out scene in the shop and felt it could have been shorter. When it stuck to character and story and dialogue, it worked, when it went on its own with stupid gross humor it turned me off. ” - smith-d-c
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. (106 mins.)
Director: George Nolfi
“ Grade: B- - Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are good, but this is a ambitious movie that tries to be spiritual but is forgetable in the end and features uninspired direction. ” - smith-d-c
Rio (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Grade: B-/C+ - Colorful, well-animated, but empty and unmemorable animated movie. The characters were dull and the story was uninvolving. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade: B-/C+ - George Clooney is good and the movie is well written but afterwards I found it to empty. In the end it's just about a woman who dies and how the family copes with her death. I was given very little insight into anyone and the land development plot was extra and felt like an environmental agenda rather than integral to the story. ” - smith-d-c
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ Grade: C - While pretty to look at, at times, although I felt there were some unfinished animated sequences, I missed the original byplay between Po and Shifu. What we get here is Gary Oldman as a peacock firing the same cannon again and again while the team runs around the roofs of buildings. It's not as good and although Tigress is given more to do, they continuously short-change the other characters, and it is just another sequel. ” - smith-d-c
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
“ Grade C - A thriller without one thrilling moment. I like intelligent films but I also like a film to hold my interest. The film is shot in greyish dark with harsh lighting that it actually hurt my eyes to stay awake, at many points. Tomas Alfredson, who directed the great Let the Right One In, does have some stylistic scenes particularly shots of offices and outside views of buildings calling to mind Rear Window and I liked half of the movie. However, after the third flashback, I just kind of lost interest in the story and found myself drifting off. I also figured out who the mole was within 5 minutes of the film. Hint: he's the only one who shows any personality. There are some good performances; I liked John Hurt, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong. The other actors are practically sleepwalking in their performances. This maybe a film, I will have to rent in order to care about anything and to appreciate the complete non-acting of Gary Oldman. You wait for 15 minutes for him to say a word, then when he does I found I didn't care. A big disappointment from me. ” - smith-d-c
J. Edgar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. (137 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Grade: C - Clint Eastwood's direction and Leonardo's performance are fine, but the movie is a mess. Choppy editing (one point Judy Dench is dying, the next she is off to a party- Huh?), good and awful makeup - Hoover is fine but Armie Hammer's makeup is atrocious, ridiculous caritictures of Nixon and other people, a film that wants to explore his homosexuality but doesn't have any guts, a big disappointment. ” - smith-d-c
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks. (117 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ Grade: C- - (Spoiler alert) - I am not a Twilight fan nor am I a hater. I really liked Eclipse and thought the others were so-so. However, Breaking Dawn is a big disappointment. 18 year old Bella marries Edward has a honeymoon, gets pregnant with a vampire child, dies during labor, and is brought back to life by Edward's bite (and something about wolves and territory in the other plot). The problem that I see with the movies is that the characters are just not interesting (the actors can do better) but because Bella is written to represent every girl's fantasy, she only comes across as a fantasy girl not a real person. Each scene builds with chick music set to montages of kissing, without any real passion. The sex scenes are never sexy and the death scene which should release buckets of tears never does so. There is no real connection to the characters and the actors never let you experience what they go through. The birthing scene which should be horrible is nothing, again set to indy chick music, the romance is not there. I will watch Part II on DVD only to say that I watched them, but the source material continues to let down the hype of this slow saga. ” - smith-d-c
Bad Teacher (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her. (92 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
“ Grade: C- - The energy is good, the idea is good, the cast is good, the question is: Where are the laughs???? ” - smith-d-c
Sucker Punch (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. (110 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Grade: D - This film pretty much stunk. ” - smith-d-c