53 Pretty Good Movies from 2011

Once again, here are a bunch of films from last year that I liked (or kind of liked), listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses. 1. Drive (79) Stylish neo-noir. I wouldn’t have guessed it would turn out to be my favo…

Once again, here are a bunch of films from last year that I liked (or kind of liked), listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses.

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1. Drive (79)

Stylish neo-noir. I wouldn’t have guessed it would turn out to be my favorite movie from last year, but there you go. ’80 nostalgia!

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2. Submarine (76)

British coming-of-age drama, directed by Dean Learner.

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3 The Descendants (84)

Surprisingly affecting Alexander Payne dramedy.

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4. Rango (75)

Looked awful (Johnny Depp as a CGI chameleon!), turned out awesome. Sergio Leone meets Chinatown.

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5. Kill List (67)

Hitman horror laden with metaphor. (Ben Wheatley’s previous film, Down Terrace, is also good.)

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6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (85)

Fine. Although the previous adaptation was even better.

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7. Shame (72)

Fassbender is the Brando of his generation.

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8. Midnight in Paris (81)

Woody Allen’s best film in, like, five or six years.

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9. Melancholia (80)

I have a love/hate relationship with Lars von Trier’s films. This one I mostly loved.

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10. The Muppets (75)

Not quite mops, not quite puppets, but man.

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11. Young Adult (71)

Charlize Theron as writer of YA fiction.

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12. The Sunset Limited (67)

Cormac McCarthy play about life and death and stuff.

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13. The Trip (82)

Fine. Although the TV series was even better.

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14. The Guard (78)

Irish black comedy.

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15. Captain America: The First Avenger (66)

The year’s best superhero movie, and probably the best Marvel movie since 2004’s Spider-Man 2. (Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, though of course their heirs receive nothing from the exploitation of their work.)

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16. Moneyball (87)

Engaging sports movie.

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17. Margaret (61)

Rambling, formless, partly awesome.

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18. God Bless America (56)

Freddy Rumsen is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Directed by Zed.

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19. All-Star Superman (–)

Not as good as the Morrison/Quitely graphic novel, but pretty fun anyway.

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20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (87)

Alan Rickman was arguably several decades too old to play Snape but he’s still the best thing about the movies.

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21. Martha Marcy May Marlene (76)

Cult movie.

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22. Margin Call (76)

The most exciting film about the financial crisis I saw all year!

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23. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (71)

The Swedish adaptation was okay, but I liked Fincher’s version a lot more.

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24. The Adventures of Tintin (68)

Fun. Tendencies towards the uncanny valley, though.

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25. Insidious (52)

Scary.

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26. The Wicker Tree (–)

The original Wicker Man is one of my all-time favorites. This ”spiritual sequel” is not in the same league, but still pretty cool if you go in with low expectations.

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27. Carnage (61)

Play-ish Polanski. By which I probably mean stagy.

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28. The Borrower Arietty (80)

Studio Ghibli is always worth a look.

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29. The Tree of Life (85)

Partly breathtaking, partly dull.

30_contagion

30. Contagion (70)

Super-competent virus thriller.

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31. The Artist (89)

Vastly overpraised.

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32. X-Men: First Class (65)

The third best X-Men movie, starring that faun from Narnia. Plus: Fassbender!

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33. Super 8 (72)

More Spielbergian than Abramsian.

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34. Jane Eyre (76)

Starring that girl from In Treatment (and Tim Burton’s awful Alice). Plus: Fassbender!

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35. Troll Hunter (61)

Norwegians hunt trolls.

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36. Cedar Rapids (70)

Ed Helms goes to insurance conference, wackiness ensues.

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37. Bridesmaids (75)

Apatow for women. (Fairly similar to Apatow for men.)

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38. Attack the Block (75)

Aliens vs chavs!

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39. Source Code (74)

No Moon but okay.

40_hugo

40. Hugo (83)

Very minor Scorsese. Overly sentimental, but I did like the Georges Méliès recreations.

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41. A Lonely Place to Die (–)

Old-school wilderness thriller.

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42. Terri (72)

Obese dude is troubled.

43_bad_teacher

43. Bad Teacher (47)

Second-rate Bad Santa.

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44. Too Big To Fail (67)

More bank stuff.

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45. Hobo With a Shotgun (55)

Based on one of the Grindhouse trailersMachete was better.

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46. 678 (–)

Sexual harassment in Cairo.

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47. Thor (57)

As with Captain America, Thor was co-created by Jack Kirby.

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48. A Dangerous Method (76)

Freud vs Jung! Starring Aragorn. And Fassbender!

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49. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (68)

Man vs ape! Starring Gollum. No Fassbender, sadly.

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50. 50/50 (72)

Tumor dramedy.

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51. The Rum Diary (56)

Nowhere near the quality of Fear and Loathing, or Withnail & I. But still pretty likable.

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52. Another Earth (66)

Low budget, high concept.

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53. Paranormal Activity 3 (59)

Slight improvement on the second one.

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