My best movies of 2011

by lammothsblog | created - 14 Dec 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2012 | Public
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1. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 204,485 | Gross: $44.67M

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.

2. Rango (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 200,311 | Gross: $123.48M

Colourful characters, original score, innovative animating - everything I could want from an animation.

3. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 199,846 | Gross: $40.96M

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".

4. La piel que habito (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

Votes: 113,602 | Gross: $3.19M

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.

5. Ronal Barbaren (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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Fantasy comedy about young Ronal who lives in a barbarian village. Ronal is weak, skinny and doesn't have the usual barbarian traits like everyone else and therefore is considered a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein Lipski | Stars: Anders Juul, Hadi Ka-Koush, Lærke Winther, Brian Lykke

Votes: 11,048

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!

6. The Devil's Double (2011)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast

Votes: 56,384 | Gross: $1.36M

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

7. Red Dog (2011)

PG | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford

Votes: 14,239

I have a dog, it explains why I do like it, right? :p And it's my list at all.

8. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.2
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80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 101,062 | Gross: $6.86M

9. Sucker Punch (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy

6.1
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33 Metascore

A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone

Votes: 209,224 | Gross: $36.39M

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.

10. The Guard (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Ronan Collins

Votes: 70,209 | Gross: $5.36M

Good little movie about big policeman who has his own view and understanding of life. Black comedy with strange humour.

11. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 331,442 | Gross: $56.82M

12. Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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70 Metascore

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 191,085 | Gross: $75.66M

13. Essential Killing (2010)

R | 83 min | Thriller, War

6.1
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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Iftach Ophir

Votes: 6,746

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.

14. Everything and Nothing (2001)

41 min | Documentary, Short

8.5
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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. The film features interviews with Soha ... See full summary »

Director: Jayce Salloum | Star: Soha Bechara

Votes: 13

15. The Last Lions (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

8.3
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69 Metascore

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.64M

16. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 305,716 | Gross: $127.00M

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.

17. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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76 Metascore

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

Votes: 100,430 | Gross: $5.35M

18. Burke and Hare (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.2
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46 Metascore

A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley, Tim Curry

Votes: 17,363 | Gross: $0.00M

Another black comedy with typical British humour, I really had good time with it. Underrated or maybe I'm not pretentious enough.

19. Rien à déclarer (2010)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy

6.3
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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.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli, Karin Viard

Votes: 10,997 | Gross: $0.18M

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.

20. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 304,824 | Gross: $75.61M

21. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 142,461 | Gross: $0.22M

22. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 360,260 | Gross: $102.52M

23. Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)

40 min | Documentary

7.6
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WHILE DINOSAURS WALKED THE EARTH, MONSTERS RULED THE SKIES...

For thousands of years, humans have believed that there were once flying monsters. But did they really exist beyond our ... See full synopsis »

Director: Matthew Dyas | Stars: David Attenborough, Douglas A. Lawson

Votes: 664 | Gross: $5.69M

24. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 59,417 | Gross: $0.25M

25. Deadheads (2011)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

5.4
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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.

Directors: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce | Stars: Michael McKiddy, Ross Kidder, Markus Taylor, Sebastian Galasso

Votes: 4,750

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 >:(

26. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.5
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 419,585 | Gross: $54.71M

27. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,451 | Gross: $15.42M

28. Rio (2011)

G | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Carlos Saldanha | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Karen Disher

Votes: 178,658 | Gross: $143.62M

Oh, no! Another animation in my list? Sooo childish from me, eh? :) Loved the characters again.

29. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 479,620 | Gross: $35.06M

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

30. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 213,630 | Gross: $62.50M

31. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 445,376 | Gross: $176.76M

32. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 186,067 | Gross: $58.01M

33. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 189,697 | Gross: $77.59M

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.

34. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 167,763 | Gross: $40.26M

35. The Thing (I) (2011)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.2
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49 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 103,273 | Gross: $16.93M

36. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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49 Metascore

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...

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari

Votes: 83,026 | Gross: $37.05M