Best of 2011

  • 50/50
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    • Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
    • Director: Jonathan Levine
    • Writer: Will Reiser
    • Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick
  • A Separation
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    • Synopsis: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Director: Asghar Farhadi
    • Writer: Asghar Farhadi
    • Stars: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat
  • Adventures of Tintin, The
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    • Synopsis: Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.
    • Director: Steven Spielberg
    • Writer: Steven Moffat (screenplay) and Edgar Wright (screenplay) & Joe Cornish (screenplay); Based on Hergé’s comic book series “The Adventures of Tintin”
    • Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig
  • Artist, The
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    • Synopsis: A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
    • Director: Michel Hazanavicius
    • Writer: Michel Hazanavicius
    • Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman
  • Attack the Block
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    • Synopsis: A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.
    • Director: Joe Cornish
    • Writer: Joe Cornish
    • Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail
  • Bridesmaids
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    • Synopsis: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
    • Director: Paul Feig
    • Writer: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
    • Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne
  • Contagion
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    • Synopsis: A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
    • Director: Steven Soderbergh
    • Writer: Scott Z. Burns
    • Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law
  • Descendants, The
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    • Synopsis: A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.
    • Director: Alexander Payne
    • Writer: Alexander Payne (screenplay) and Nat Faxon (screenplay) & Jim Rash (screenplay), Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel)
    • Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller
  • Drive
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    • Synopsis: A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbour.
    • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
    • Writer: Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)
    • Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The
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    • Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
    • Director: David Fincher
    • Writer: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
    • Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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    • Synopsis: Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.
    • Director: David Yates
    • Writer: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
    • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
  • Hugo
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    • Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
    • Director: Martin Scorsese
    • Writer: John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
    • Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee
  • Midnight in Paris
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    • Synopsis: A family travel to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple who are forced to confront their differing views of a perfect life.
    • Director: Woody Allen
    • Writer: Woody Allen
    • Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates
  • Moneyball
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    • Synopsis: Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
    • Director: Bennett Miller
    • Writer: Steven Zaillian (screenplay) and Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Stan Chervin (story); Based on Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”
    • Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill
  • Rango
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    • Synopsis: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
    • Director: Gore Verbinski
    • Writer: John Logan (story, written by), Gore Verbinski (story) and James Ward Byrkit
    • Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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    • Synopsis: A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising.
    • Director: Rupert Wyatt
    • Writer: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
    • Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto
  • Source Code
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    • Synopsis: An action thriller centered 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 Chicago commuter train.
    • Director: Duncan Jones
    • Writer: Ben Ripley
    • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
  • Super 8
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    • Synopsis: During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
    • Director: J.J. Abrams
    • Writer: J.J. Abrams
    • Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka and Kyle Chandler
  • Tree of Life, The
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    • Synopsis: Focusing on a family in Waco Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence, and struggles with his parents’ conflicting philosophies.
    • Director: Terrence Malick
    • Writer: Terrence Malick
    • Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain
  • Warrior
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    • Synopsis: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.
    • Director: Gavin O’Connor
    • Writer: Gavin O’Connor (screenplay) & Anthony Tambakis (screenplay) & Cliff Dorfman (screenplay), Gavin O’Connor (story) & Cliff Dorfman
    • Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton

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