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My Top 10 Films of 2011

Well, it took me this long to finally see the movies I wanted to see before I ranked 2011’s films. Now that has been done, I can make with the list. This is, simply, the movies I thought were the best of the year. If you have a different list, good for you.

  1. The Descendants
    George Clooney was excellent and the script was razor-sharp. A superb follow-up to Sideways for Alexander Payne.
  2. The Artist
    I liked this so much more than I thought it was. Very expertly written, paced and edited. Great (mostly wordless) performances, too.
  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    This film put me through the emotional wringer, but it was very good. Great direction from David Fincher and Rooney Mara was fantastic.
  4. Moneyball
    I’m a mark for baseball and economics, and this film got deep down into both of them and explained why they matter.
  5. The Ides of March
    A second Clooney entry, one that he wrote and directed. Very good performances all around.
  6. J. Edgar
    A tour de force for Leonardo DiCaprio.
  7. The Help
    Somewhat emotionally manipulative, but very good nonetheless.
  8. The Tree of Life
    Easily the most messed up film of the year, but also one of the most thought-provoking.
  9. Thor
    A very fun two hours. Chris Hemsworth is excellent.
  10. Hugo
    Another great, fun film from Martin Scorsese.

Honorable mentions to Contagion, Beginners and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

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