Forgive me for a weak field from which to choose (only 41 movies that released in 2011!), but Contagion isn’t a terrible number 10. With a big name cast of Oscar winners and a realistic, fear-inducing plot, Contagion struck fear into America’s hearts after the H1N1 pandemic.
Based on the incredible true story, The Devil’s Double stars Dominic Cooper in two amazing roles, and he pulls it off surprisingly well! It’s violent, it’s abrasive, it is pure cinema!
Already grabbing a Golden Globe nomination, Warrior is the deeply emotional story of two brothers and their father. Finally, Hollywood is taking mixed martial arts more seriously.
8. J. Edgar
Though the make-up leaves something to be desired, J. Edgar‘s direction and acting are superb. How can you go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio?
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The biggest box office success of the year is finally something worth watching! The explosive finale is a completely flawless display of wizardry, and I can only hope for a nomination for Alan Rickman.
6. The Beaver
Mel Gibson is back! But it’s the beaver that deserves the Best Actor nomination. Jodie Foster takes a thrilling comedy approach to her directing debut.
5. Margin Call
Best cast of the year, as well as best directing debut. No question. Margin Call tells the perfectly humanized story of one financial firm’s collapse. Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons are great together.
4. The Help
3. Super 8
The greatest sci-fi film of the year by far, J.J. Abrams’ latest is a tribute to film, and starred fantastic performances by a few young newcomers.
Easily the greatest animated film of the year, and likely the one with the highest action! It has as many exciting chase scenes as the Indiana Jones trilogy, and in 3D the action is even greater.
Talk about a tribute to film! Hugo completes the year of the child actor, with Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz having the best movie chemistry of the year. Martin Scorsese’s best ever, Hugo is a wonderful film the whole family will adore!