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Top 20 Best Movies Of 2011

15. Contagion
Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Release Date: 21st October 2011

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Think Bird Flu: The Movie. Action-thriller about a deadly disease and the international team of doctors contracted by the Center for Disease Control to deal with the spread. It’s also about how information spreads virally in the internet age. Contagion is a global story, filmed in 10 countries. Steven Soderbergh directs an excellent cast from a script by the writer of The Bourne Ultimatum. Pleasingly procedural yet still breakneck tense, this works as a chillingly realistic depiction of an event that really could happen any time, and actually did in 1918, less than a hundred years ago.

14. The Adventures Of Tintin
Starring: (voices) Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig
Director: Steven Spielberg
Release Date: 21st December 2011

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Spielberg’s first animated movie is a performance-capture 3D version of Tintin’s initial encounter with Captain Haddock. After unearthing a clue to the treasure of ancestor Sir Francis Haddock, they set out together to find it, with protection from a prison escapee. Daniel Craig voices villainous pirate Red Rackham. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost voice near-identical detectives Thompson and Thomson. Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital do the animation. And the movie’s biggest strength is the incredibly humanity in that animation – Tintin (Bell) is ageless, graceful, likeable, while Haddock (Serkis) is drunk, bumbling, wistful, and there isn’t a single Zemeckis-style dead eye on offer. This is Spielberg back to his adventuring best.

13. Midnight In Paris
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates
Director: Woody Allen
Release Date: 10th June 2011

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Romantic comedy-fantasy about a discontented screenwriter (Wilson), and his critical fiancée (McAdams) vacationing in Paris with her wealthy, conservative parents. As he takes a midnight walk alone he is magically transported back to the 1920s where he is advised and entralled by its high society, including Salvador Dalí (Brody), T.S. Eliot and Luis Buñuel. Director Woody Allen is very hit and miss but here he nails the charm, the humour and the sentimentality.


12. The Descendants
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges
Director: Alexander Payne
Release Date: 18th November 2011

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After his wife is put in a coma by a boating accident, Matt (Clooney) tries to reconnect with his two daughters, and ponders whether he should sell his family’s ancentral land in Hawaii to developers. Then he learns a secret about his wife that upends his world again and puts him on a road trip. The director of Sideways and About Schmidt always finds a fantastic tone, floating between subtle hilarity and touching poignancy. As with those previous titles, this is a story of recovery and Clooney gives a textured, human performance that’s one of his best.

11. Warrior
Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Release Date: 9th September 2011

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The youngest son (Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) 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 corner with his older brother (Edgerton). The power this has is making you emotionally invested in both brothers, even though only one can supposedly triumph. Hardy and Nolte in particular are excellent, with the latter likely to be Oscar nominated. The ending is unforgetable.

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  • B. Dover said

    #1 Rise of The Planet of The Apes (trailer looks crazy and description here makes it sound possible for it to be a good movie)
    #2 Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
    #3 Contagion (I Am Legend prequel?)

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  • Joker said

    looks pretty much like a major blockbuster year. there are so many potentially good movies in 2011: pirates 4, x men, capt america, thor, scream, thing, transformers 3, green lantern/hornet…. I think you get the point.

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  • My Butt's Bigger Than You(rs) said

    I’m behind the number 1 choice all the way.

    Makes sense to me.

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  • Lloyd said

    What????? No “Atlas Shrugged”? That’ll be one of 2011’s best films.

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  • surfercharlie25 said

    Scorsese doing 3D? That’ll be cool to see…

    Ha ha, I just got an image of GoodFellas in 3D… wow…

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    On a scale of anticipation, my top 2011 movies at the start of the year were:
    5. Captain America
    4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    3. Thor
    2. Harry Potter and the D’thly Hallows : Part Two
    1. The Thing

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  • dnwilliams said
    dnwilliams

    Mine are:

    10. Contagion
    9. Hanna
    8. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    7. Captain America: The First Avenger
    6. Thor
    5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    4. Green Lantern
    3. Immortals
    2. Super 8
    1. Hugo

    I’m also anticipating Transformers 3 and Cowboys & Aliens.

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  • Steve T said

    Another remake of The Thing? The original 50s B-Movie was awesome. The best movies of 2011 will probably be the new Holmes and Green Hornet, and other super hero movies.

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  • azazael3 said

    Oh God. I’m giving up movies altogether. There’s clearly no point being into them, at least this year. Never have I seen such a massive crock of vomit and skanky cheap entertainment. Simon Pegg needs to be banished. Please don’t tell me he’s going to have anything to do with Tintin… That’s the only one that has any potential to have some classic charm to it, and done in a French style would go down well. In fact it should be French. Instead, I will have to consider self-immolation as the entertainment industry churns out more unpalatable diarrhoea which I’ve no inclination to listen to, observe, or swallow. I look forward to 2012, unless it brings along the quality of its namesake movie where Cusack sacrifices every ounce of dignity and kudos….

    2011 = WET MESSY FART

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    • Ricky said

      Wow you clearly have no taste in movies or have a really bad one i’m glad you won’t be seeing the movies because I would hate to be stuck in a movie theatre with you for 2 hours. I’ve seen some of these movies already and they lived up to my expectations and are far better than most of last year.

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    • Dave L. said

      Whoa,
      Give me a break. Maybe someone does need to take a break from movies and read a book.

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    • Georges Remi said

      Tintin is Belgian, not french…

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  • Aion said

    The most hyped ones may all be sequels, but they’ll still be good movies. Best movies of 2011? I’m looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp again as Captain Jack Sparrow, I miss the wackiness in him. Transformers 3 as well.

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  • roliver said

    I can’t wait to see The Thing. How is it going to beat the guy’s-chest-turns-into-a-mouth scene? Anyway it has to be better than the dismal XBox game – there was one room where you had to shoot things that looked like turkey drumsticks and no matter how many you burnt the drumsticks kept coming.
    Not sure why Scorsese’s doing a remake of Bugsy Malone though.

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  • rollando mota said

    the best movies in 2011:
    1.transformers 3
    2.fast five
    3.the thing (a classic reborn)

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  • Gevalher said

    Green Lantern, Captain America and Battle Los Angeles…

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  • Silver said

    Greeting from estonia!!! MY TOP 3 MOVIES IN 2011 ARE:
    3.Unknown
    2.The Adjustment Bureau
    1.Source Code

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  • ziya.r said

    my favourite movie has to be hugo cabret only because chloe moretz is starring in it and she is just so frikin awesome.

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