Best of 2010



Black Swan


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Synopsis: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay), John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Andres Heinz (story)

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel



Buried


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Synopsis: Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Writer: Chris Sparling

Stars: Ryan Reynolds



Despicable Me

 
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Synopsis: When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Director: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Writers: Cinco Paul (screenplay), Ken Daurio (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story)

Stars: Steve Carell and Jason Segel



Exit Through the Gift Shop

 
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Synopsis: The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy.

Director: Banksy

Stars: Banksy



Fighter, The

 
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Synopsis: A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: Scott Silver (screenplay) and Paul Tamasy (screenplay) & Eric Johnson (screenplay); Paul Tamasy (story) & Eric Johnson (story) & Keith Dorrington (story)

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

 
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Synopsis: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

Director: David Yates

Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint



How to Train Your Dragon

 
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Synopsis: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Director: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders

Writers: William Davies (screenplay), Dean DeBlois (screenplay) & Chris Sanders (screenplay), Cressida Cowell (book)

Stars: Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler



Inception

 
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Synopsis: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Michael Caine



Inside Job

 

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Synopsis: Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson

 



Kick-Ass

 

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Synopsis: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), and Mark Millar (comic book) & John Romita Jr. (comic book)

Stars: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz



King’s Speech, The

 

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Synopsis: The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter



127 Hours

 

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Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle

Writers: Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”)

Stars: James Franco



Prophet, A

 

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Synopsis: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writers: Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) andJacques Audiard (screenplay), Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay), and Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)

Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup and Adel Bencherif



Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 

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Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press graphic novels)

Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin



Secret in their Eyes, The

 

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Synopsis: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella

Writers: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella, and Eduardo Sacheri (novel “La pregunta de sus ojos”)

Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil and Pablo Rago



Shutter Island

 

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Synopsis: Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer and Mark Ruffalo



Social Network, The

 

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Synopsis: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake



Tangled

 

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Synopsis: The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Writers: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jacob Grimm (fairy tale) & Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale) and Dean Wellins (additional story)

Stars: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi



Toy Story 3

 

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Synopsis: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich

Writers: John Lasseter (story), Andrew Stanton (story), and Lee Unkrich (story) and Michael Arndt (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen



True Grit

 

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Synopsis: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay), and Charles Portis (novel)

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld



Winter’s Bone

 

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Synopsis: An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik

Writers: Debra Granik (screenplay), Anne Rosellini (screenplay), and Daniel Woodrell (novel)

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt




4 thoughts on “Best of 2010

    1. Really? I think it was an excellent year in cinema with a lot of memorable and great films. But, as always, deeply respect your viewpoint. 😀

      1. Ah! Well, the 90s had lots of gems. The recent films will need at least 5 to 10 years to see whether they can truly stand the test of time.

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