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Top 20 Best Movies Of 2011

10. Bridesmaids
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper
Director: Paul Feig
Release Date: 13th May 2011

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Two feuding bridesmaids (Wiig & Byrne) battle over how to plan their friend’s wedding. Unlike Bride Wars, this isn’t sappy or girly girly. It’s more like a female version of The Hangover, even though it turns more serious in the second half. Ultimately this is Wiig’s tour de force, as she pairs being one of the best comedy actresses around with suprising dramatic skills. The movie was produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Paul Feig, who last worked together on Freaks And Geeks. Bridesmaids has great characters, performances, laughs and replay value.

9. X-Men: First Class
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Release Date: 3rd June 2011

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60s-set prequel to the X-Men trilogy which focuses on the relationship between Charles (aka Professor X) and Erik (aka Magneto) as young men and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. As Charles establises his school and Erik seeks revenge against his tormentors in the concentration camp, a new mutant threat, Sabastian Shaw, emerges seeking to provoke nuclear war between the superpowers. This is a throughly entertaining movie that plays like a smarter, freakier version of a Bond flick. Fassbender is excellent as Magneto, and Bacon is compelling as Shaw.

8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (U.S. Remake)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer
Director: David Fincher
Release Date: 20th December 2011

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A disgraced journalist (Craig) investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece 40 years earlier, with the help of a punky computer hacker carrying serious man issues (Mara). Sticking closer to the book and with an on-fire David Fincher at the helm, this is an improvement on the Swedish movie, which was pretty good to begin with. Rooney Mara fully commits to the now iconic role, finding the right balance of agressive edge and vulnerability.

7. The Artist
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Release Date: 23rd November 2011

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It’s 1927 in Hollywood and while a silent movie star wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with a young dancer set for her own big break. The movie is shot as if it’s a silent black and white from the ’20s, and while no dialogue might sound daunting, it reminds us that as much, if not more, can be communicated by the face. The leading man won best actor at Cannes this year. The Artist is just a fantastic idea, brilliantly executed.

6. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway
Director: Brad Bird
Release Date: 16th December 2011

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The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his new team (Renner, Patton, Pegg) to go rogue to clear their organisation’s name. The villains are played by Michael Nyqvist (09’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) and Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire). Directing duties were given to Pixar animation maestro Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), whose experience of live action was minimal. But it paid off. Critics agree this is the best high-adrenaline action flick of the year, by some way. The edge of your seat tension is capped by the skyscraper sequence, which in Imax is one of the most heart-in-mouth sequences in cinematic history. It’s also the best Mission Impossible movie – not as convolted as the first, bigger in every way than the third.

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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
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    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

    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

      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:
    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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