Top 20 Best Movies Of 201125.10.10 # Top Ten # 181 Comments
Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Release Date: 21st October 2011
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
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
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
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.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Release Date: 9th September 2011
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.