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Richard Brody names “The 26 Best Films of 2011″

Nothing about Richard Brody’s list of 26 films in The New Yorker touches me more than his introductory premise. 2011 in cinema could be called, with apologies to Joan Didion, the year of magical thinking. Many of the year’s best movies exalt the metaphysical, the fantastical, the transformative, the fourth-wall-breaking, ...

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Drive Tops Empire Magazine’s WTF Top Ten

I like Drive at number one but the rest is enough to make me pop a gasket.  It’s not that it’s so bad, particularly, it’s just — I mean, what the fuck, bro. To quote Aurora Greenway, let’s just leave it at that. Thanks to Dimitri. 1- ‘Drive’ 2- ‘Senna’ ...

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David Denby’s Top 10 List

David Denby of The New Yorker gives his Top 10. Read the rest of his summaries here. “Hugo”—In Martin Scorsese’s wondrous 3-D masterpiece, you  feel like you’re inside a giant box with the entire history of the cinema  playing on the walls. The movie is intricate, touching, a reverent summing ...

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Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top Ten list for 2011

Now for something completely different. We’re nothing if not completionists. 1. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), Nanni Moretti 2. L’Etrange affaire Angélica (The Strange Case of Angelica), Manoel de Oliveira  The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick 4. Hors Satan (Outside Satan), Bruno Dumont Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski 6. Melancholia, Lars von Trier  Un ...

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The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw’s Top 10

Peter Bradshaw is so thorough, his year-end round-up reads like a very elegant list of ranked nominations.  Nicely done, sir. Best film The Artist (dir. Michel Hazanavicius) Margaret (dir. Kenneth Lonergan) A Separation (dir. Asghar Farhadi) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredson) Poetry (dir. Lee Chang-dong) The Tree of ...

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David Edelstein’s Top 10 films of 2011

Let the glorious idiosyncrasies begin! New York magazine’s David Edelstein throws down the gauntlet, or something.  (in alphabetical order): The Adventures of Tintin Beginners Melancholy and madcap, Mike Mills’s inventive weave of past and present ushers you into the mind of its hero (a superb Ewan ­McGregor) as he agonizes ...

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Metacritic tabulates its critics’ Top 10s

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(Happy 1/1/11 every1!) Metacritic charts another way of looking at Top 10 Lists collected from 50 individual critics. Tabulated on the basis of first- and second-place rankings (with points also awarded for every appearance a movie makes on each Top 10), it’s an interesting aggregate for several reasons.¬† It show ...

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Another Alternative Top 10

Marshall Fine makes a list of the year‚Äôs “10-best unseen or unacknowledged films ‚Äì think of it as the downer-dozen-minus-two.” Movies he considers either under-appreciated, under-attended or both. Greenberg Somewhere The American Biutiful Winter’s Bone Blue Valentine Another Year Mother A Prophet Tiny Furniture Fine reminds us that this “is ...

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Toronto’s NOW critics merge & diverge Top 10 lists

“Toronto’s Village Voice” NOW creates a Top 10 that combines the favorite titles from each of it’s movie critics, and then the writers break it down to their more personal lists of 10. The Social Network – David Fincher (“The classic American tale of success, power and greed is updated ...

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Top 10: Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

The Social Network 127 Hours The Tillman Story (“Amir Bar-Lev’s exquisitely crafted documentary about former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman not only put his story into crucial context, but it offered a provocative meditation on myth, propaganda and our abiding need for narrative neatness.”) I Am Love Please ...

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LA Times’ Kenneth Turan’s Best of 2010

10 slots, 23 titles. Because Kenneth Turan clusters a few movies in matched sets and calls a 3-way tie for #1. “No. 1, in triplicate It’s not just that good things traditionally come in threes. I’m splitting the top slot of my 10 best list among Inception, The Social Network ...

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Roger Ebert’s Top Ten – Social Network Tops

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Says Ebert: David Fincher’s “The Social Network”is emerging as the consensus choice as best film of 2010. Most of the critics’ groups have sanctified it, and after its initial impact it has only grown it stature. I think it is an early observer of a trend in our society, where ...

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AO Scott’s Top Ten

The 10 Best Movies of 2010 1. INSIDE JOB (Charles Ferguson) The crisis of finance capitalism as a great crime story. 2. TOY STORY 3 (Lee Unkrich) The triumph of consumer capitalism as an epic love story. 3. CARLOS (Olivier Assayas) The failure of global revolution as farce, melodrama, erotic ...

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