My best movies of 2011

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1.
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.)
“ European arthouse cinema at its best. Lovely performances and stylish cinematography. It was about time someone to bring back the spirit of the 20's with its mute films. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone though. ” - lammothsblog
 
2.
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
“ Colourful characters, original score, innovative animating - everything I could want from an animation. ” - lammothsblog
 
3.
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
“ The film with some very memorable lines: "I'm not a Christian or an Atheist. I'm not Jewish or Muslim. What I believe... My Religion is written on a piece of paper called The Constitution. Meaning, that I'd defend until my dying breath your right to worship in whatever God you believe in". ” - lammothsblog
 
4.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
“ What a story! The writer of the book the movie is based on, Thierry Jonquet, deserves credit. Almodovar created another weird piece of cinema. And the actress....you can't forget these eyes.
Not for everyone too. ” - lammothsblog
 
5.
Ronal the Barbarian (2011)
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Fantasy comedy about young Ronal who lives in a barbarian village. Ronal is weak, skinny and doesn't... (89 mins.)
“ Absolutely hilarious! I have no wors to describe it. We have sexy Amazons with big sexual desires, barbarian girls who break skulls with their breasts, horseman who whips his bottom....Great fun if you are open minded! ” - lammothsblog
 
6.
The Devil's Double (2011)
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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son. (109 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ Good timing, considering what is happening in the Middle East right now. I must agree that viewers who are not interested in the topic may find it boring. To me, it was one of the best political films of the year ” - lammothsblog
 
7.
Red Dog (2011)
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Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. (92 mins.)
Director: Kriv Stenders
“ I have a dog, it explains why I do like it, right? :p And it's my list at all. ” - lammothsblog
 
8.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (131 mins.)
 
9.
Sucker Punch (2011)
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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
“ It looks stupid, but I enjoyed it. My guilty pleasure, I would say. I didn't find it that naive, in fact it is quite imaginative. ” - lammothsblog
 
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.)
“ Good little movie about big policeman who has his own view and understanding of life. Black comedy with strange humour. ” - lammothsblog
 
11.
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
 
12.
Contagion (2011)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
 
13.
Essential Killing (2010)
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An Afghan POW attempts his escape. (83 mins.)
“ The main protagonist didn't say even a word throughout the film - it's amazing how intensive and action-packed it was. Simple story, great directing. ” - lammothsblog
 
14.
Everything and Nothing (2001 Documentary)
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Everything and Nothing creates an intimate dialogue that weaves back and forth between representations of a figure (of resistance) and subject... (41 mins.)
Director: Jayce Salloum
 
15.
The Last Lions (2011 Documentary)
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Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse... (88 mins.)
Director: Dereck Joubert
 
16.
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
“ Spielberg and Abrams managed to remind us about these old adventurous films from our childhood that made us to dream and expect great things from life. I'm bit nostalgic here. ” - lammothsblog
 
17.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
18.
Burke and Hare (2010)
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A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Another black comedy with typical British humour, I really had good time with it. Underrated or maybe I'm not pretentious enough. ” - lammothsblog
 
19.
Nothing to Declare (2010)
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A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s. (108 mins.)
Director: Dany Boon
“ Why do I like such films? I have no answer to this, probably I like people who make fun with Frenchies. Joking :) Big fan of these Louis de Funes type of comedies. ” - lammothsblog
 
20.
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
 
21.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
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Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. (89 mins.)
Director: Eli Craig
 
22.
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
 
23.
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011 Documentary)
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(40 mins.)
Director: Matthew Dyas
 
24.
Trollhunter (2010)
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A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
 
25.
Deadheads (2011)
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Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one's lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda. (96 mins.)
“ Ok,ok! With this zombie flick my list has hit new levels of stupidity and I'm not going to disagree. But hey, we can't be all smart people with pretentious and elite taste. DeadHeads may look like a cheap cr*p made by enthusiastic students, but come on...it was cool and fresh. Oh, fine, call me stupid then >:( ” - lammothsblog
 
26.
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
 
27.
African Cats (2011 Documentary)
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A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild. (89 mins.)
 
28.
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
“ Oh, no! Another animation in my list? Sooo childish from me, eh? :) Loved the characters again. ” - lammothsblog
 
29.
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.)
“ Overrated, it lacks pace and the script is disappointing....but on the other hand it's stylish, with great synthpop soundtrack and brings back the spirit of the 80's and the smell of the neo-noir filmmaking ” - lammothsblog
 
30.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
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The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. (106 mins.)
Director: George Nolfi
 
31.
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 chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
 
32.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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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
 
33.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
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Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ Looking at my list you may conclude that I'm a kid, and I'm not. I just love films that make me feel like a kid, it's a great feeling. Tintin managed to do this for me. Another innovative animation. ” - lammothsblog
 
34.
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
 
35.
The Thing (2011)
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At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. (103 mins.)
 
36.
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
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Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else... (83 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer