Top 10 Movies of 2011: The Movie Year in Review

Posted on January 3, 2012

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 This year has been the best year of movies in the last four years. From the income of movies, to the stars in the film, to the creative ideas, this year’s films have been a big hit.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film, in which the evil dragon is vanquished by Harry Potter, who is helped by Ron and Hermione. The final installment in the JK Rowling franchise is the first of the Harry Potter films to reach the billion-dollar mark. The film grossed $1.32 billion worldwide and is the ninth to enter the $1B club. The film is currently the third highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing film of 2011. It  received 96 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 266 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.4/10.

2. Moneyball

Moneyball

Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and is one of the best movies of the year with a great plot and a outstanding role by Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of theOakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The film received 95 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 189 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8/10.

3. Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is romantic/comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers around a family that goes toParis on business and two young people engaged to be married in the fall. They both have experiences that change their lives. The film received 93 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 188 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.8/10.

4. Drive

Drive

Drive is a 2011 American crime drama film, starring Ryan Gosling as the main character, with Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. The film was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and is adapted from the 2005 James Sallis novel of the same name. The story plot centers on a stunt performer who is a wheelman for hire and discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.  The film received 92 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 211 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.2/10.

5. Source Code

Source Code

Source Code is a science fiction/thriller film directed by Duncan Jones. The mind-bending plot centers on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a commuter train inChicago. The film received 92 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 226 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.5/10.

6. Bridesmaids

Brides Maids

Bridesmaids is a romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig. The plot revolves around two women’s fight for the right to plan their friend’s wedding party. The film received 90 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 220 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.6/10.

7. Rango

Rango

Rango is an original animated comedy/adventure film directed by Gore Verbinski, who is well known for directing the films The Ring and Pirates of theCaribbean. The story plot centers an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town ofDirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. The film received 88 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 200 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.6/10.

8. X-men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is a superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. The movie is supposed to set before the X-men Trilogy. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, how they were friends and still discovering their powers, working together with mutants. While saving the world from a great enemy, a argument develops between the two, which begins the eternal war between Magneto’s mutants and Professor X’s X-Men. The film received 87 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 231 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.4/10.

9. The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a drama starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. The movie was written and directed by Terrence Malick. The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his adult years as he tries to fix a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself lost in the modern world, seeking answers to the meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. The film received 84 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 229 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 8.1/10.

10. Super 8

Super 8

Super 8

is Sci-Fi mystery, written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. Super 8 hit its marks just enough to push the story and the kids along various scenes and events, similar to Spielberg films of old. The adult roles act mostly as tools of exposition and obstacles to the kids, which is far too often the case with films led by children. The main credit is due to the young actors who excelled in their roles as adult-minded children in contrast to the childish-adults played by their older counterparts. The film received 82 percent “rotten” approval rating from critics based on 251 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 7.4/10.

Reported by Greg Braun

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