- 127 Hours - An intense, nerve-wracking
experience, director Boyle took what was a challenging adaptation and made a
film that is supremely rewarding.
- Black Swan
- Never has ballet been so thrilling; a terrific psychological thriller that doubles as a scathing critique
of the performing arts; it's one of the year's best film-going experiences.
- Carlos - A bravura biography that is less dramatized
than we care to believe, it's an audacious, globe-trotting adventure into the career of one of Europe's most wanted men.
It's his definitive cinematic biography.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
- The series has consistently brought solid fantasy entertainment,
and this - the darkest Potter yet - sets the stage for the final showdown.
- How To Train Your Dragon
- For unadulterated family
fun, this satisfying, smart computer-animated adventure was the movie to
beat this year.
- An ambitious auteur film disguised as a thrilling summer blockbuster, and what an emotional, visceral and intellectual rush it is.
- Inside Job - A slick, fast-paced
carnival ride into the biggest economic fiasco in history, it will leave
audiences flustered and angry - as we should be.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- A thoroughly engaging action / comedy with dazzling action bits, off-kilter
humor, and a script that mashes up of pop culture references while still keeping
its emotional connection. Joyous spectacle.
- Shutter Island
- A Grade-A thriller, a smart, rollickin' good time for those who appreciate a well-written - and impeccably realized - genre film.
- The Social Network
- As told by director Fincher from a script by Aaron Sorkin,
the creation of Facebook is a gripping, intimate drama that has enough twists and legal mire to make for a terrific
thriller in its own right.
- Somewhere - A
languidly-paced portrait of a Hollywood actor, this is a bitter-sweet little movie that's well worth the effort.
- True Grit
- The Coen brothers show that their new forte may well be the literary adaptation;
behind the witty banter and the sweeping adventure lies a thoughtful, dark window into
the theme of revenge that's completely engrossing.
Bone - Constructed like a murder mystery
and anchored by a terrific portrayal from Jennifer Lawrence, this is a potent, unflinching look at rural families of the Missouri
backwoods that's scarier than most slasher films.