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movies, 2011

As is usually the case, I’m at least a year behind on recent movies, so it’s silly to make a Top Ten list for the current year. Therefore, I end up posting a year-before Top Ten list (last year I did 2010 and chose Winter’s Bone as the best movie of 2010).

This year I’m going to make a Top Five, because there were too many movies tied for 6th place. One problem with these lists is that I’m at the mercy of MovieLens, which decides which movies are from 2011. Thus, I could be missing something that is listed as coming out in 2010 or 2012 but is actually from 2011. Anyway, here are my Top Five movies of 2011, in alphabetical order, which pretty much matches how I’d order them myself:

  1. Attack the Block (Joe Cornish). “While Attack the Block delivers big time on action, still finding time within its brief 88-minute running time for character development, it is also hilarious.”
  2. Incendies (Denis Villenueve). “Complicated, slow-moving drama that feels a bit like Hitchcock without all the shtick.”
  3. Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga). “As much as possible, Fukunaga makes this just another movie, and I mean that as a compliment.”
  4. My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis). “Barely more than a trifle, but Michelle Williams’ performance as Marilyn Monroe is so good, she overcomes any quibbles.”
  5. Super 8 (J.J. Abrams).

(My least-favorite of the 2011 movies I’ve seen: The Tree of Life.)