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The Top 10 Best Films of 2011 ... So Far

  • Aug 1, 2011
The first six months of 2011 were, as far as movies go, incredibly successful. Here now are my picks for the ten best films of the first half of the year. Note: There's a good chance at least a few of these will end up on my year-end best of list.
1
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's beautiful spiritual drama plays directly on the emotions like a finely orchestrated piece of music.
See the full review, "The Search for a Constant in the Ever-Changing Scenes of Time".
2
Johnny Mad Dog
The relentless authenticity of this children of war drama makes it more terrifying than just about any horror movie you can think of.
See the full review, "Children of War in a Story of Failure".
3
Certified Copy
A film that challenges the audience by encouraging debate over what is "original" and what is a "copy."
See the full review, "Reality is Perception, but Every Opinion Counts".
4
Of Gods and Men
This true story of the Trappist monks slain in Algeria takes faith and commitment to a cause more seriously than any of recent memory.
See the full review, "Monks Who Lived as They Believed".
5
Beginners (2010 movie)
A wonderfully cast and poignantly written film about the power of letting go, of overcoming fear and finally opening yourself up to love.
See the full review, "People Making a Start".
6
Trust
A heartbreaking but highly compelling drama about how the aftermath of a rape can actually be more traumatizing than the rape itself.
See the full review, "Rape Isn't Always as Traumatic as Its Aftermath".
7
Win Win
An intelligent, warm, funny, authentic social portrait, enlivened by a wonderful performance by newcomer Alex Shaffer.
8
Bill Cunningham New York
The legendary "New York Times" fashion photographer becomes the subject of a fascinating, illuminating, and often funny documentary.
See the full review, "Portrait of a Happy Man".
9
Rango
A funny, beautifully rendered, intelligent animated film that's clearly having fun with the conventions of the American western.
See the full review, "There's a New Sheriff in Town".
10
X-Men: First Class
Director Matthew Vaughn has gone from making one of the worst superhero movies ever made to one of the best.
See the full review, "American History X".

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August 01, 2011
I was thinking of doing something like this myself....but I just wasn't too impressed with the majority of the movies I've seen so far. I so want to see your # 2, 3, and 5!! Nice list!
August 01, 2011
I guess I'm fortunate in that I had a larger selection of movies to choose from. I now understand why not too many critics make these kinds of lists.
 
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