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Top Ten Movies for 2011

In 2011 I saw nearly 250 USA released films, not counting the Independent offers viewed at film festivals or sent to my home for comment.  Unfortunately this was no year to brag about due to an over abundance of  sequels, enough superhero’s to save two planets, worn out story-lines, not enough good drama, a lot of raunchy romance with more skin and sex than in an art house, very few box-office blowouts, a small number of good acting newcomers, and some bad performances by our legends.

The following is my selections for the best of 2011 each selected for their uniqueness and strong presentation that provides enjoyable entertainment. 

John's number 1 movie for 2011

DRIVE- Excellent all around and a plus factor to the acting.

THE HELP- The cast, setting and direction all comes together in this nicely scripted film.

HUGO- This original adventure is unlike no other for the year.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL- The IMAX presentation is what makes this action thriller a standout and heads above the rest.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES- Probably one of the best sequel efforts by an ensemble cast that puts it all together.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 2- One of the best summations, presentations and productions of any series of films.

SOURCE CODE- A unique script that can keep an audience guessing till the very end.

REAL STEEL- One of the best father and son films ever wrapped in an exciting fantasy.

30 MINUTES OR LESS- I could hardly catch my breath from the laughter this fun film produces.

50/50-  It’s the kind of film that every director wishes they can achieve, ‘laughter being the best medicine’.

I’m sure if you are an avid moviegoer you can come up with your own list, so don’t hesitate to comment on my choices and send me yours.  Don’t be a wuss if you have ten better I want to know.

It gets very hard choosing only ten films from the many, so I here’s my 10 favorites by genre;  Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy and Science Fiction.

TOP 10 DRAMA FILMS 2011

  • THE HELP
  • 50/50
  • IRON LADY
  • MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
  • MARGIN CALL
  • MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
  • ANONYMOUS
  • THE DESCENDANTS
  • EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
  • THE LINCOLN LAWYER

TOP 10 ACTION & HORROR FILMS 2011

  • DRIVE
  • MISSION: IMPOSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
  • FAST FIVE
  • KILLER ELITE
  • COLUMBIANA
  • THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  • FINAL DESTINATION 5
  • FRIGHT NIGHT
  • WARRIOR

TOP 10 ADVENTURE FILMS 2011

  • HUGO
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
  • WAR HORSE
  • CARS 2
  • THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
  • THE RUM DIARY
  • THE MUPPETS
  • GNOMEO & JULIET
  • PUSS IN BOOTS
  • PAUL
  • SANCTUM

TOP 10 COMEDY FILMS 2011

  • 30 MINUTES OR LESS
  • CEDAR RAPIDS
  • A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY
  • A HERALD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS
  • THE ARTIST
  • WIN WIN
  • BRIDESMAIDS
  • ARTHUR
  • THE HANGOVER PART 2
  • TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

TOP 10 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY FILMS

  • SOURCE CODE
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 2
  • REAL STEEL
  • SUPER 8
  • LIMITLESS
  • RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
  • MELANCHOLIA
  • THE SKIN I LIVE IN
  • THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 1
  • TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

About John Delia

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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for 8 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the South Eastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1.

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