2011: Movies I Recommend

by sandylo | created - 25 Nov 2011 | updated - 14 Jan 2012 | Public

Movies I've seen in 2011 so far that I'd see again.

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1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 628,554 | Gross: $381.01M

Best movie of the series I think. Definitely the best book.

2. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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57 Metascore

The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 605,806 | Gross: $181.03M

IMO, the best super-hero movie of 2011.

3. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 191,643 | Gross: $77.59M

Went to see this on the last day of 2011. It was a lot of fun and made me a little nostalgic since I watched the cartoon on Nickelodeon as a kid. Will definitely buy this when it comes to DVD.

4. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 571,811 | Gross: $146.41M

Big X-Men fan here! This one is excellent!

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 580,878 | Gross: $176.65M

I'm a superhero fanatic but, for some reason, I didn't expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. Very well done and another reason to be excited for the upcoming Avengers movie.

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

4.9
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45 Metascore

The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 196,359 | Gross: $281.29M

A well-made film given the sometimes bizarre book its based on (this from a Twi-hard).

7. The Green Hornet (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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39 Metascore

Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

Votes: 143,733 | Gross: $98.78M

This movie is so goofy but I laughed until my stomach hurt through the whole thing.

8. Red Riding Hood (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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29 Metascore

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

Votes: 97,896 | Gross: $37.66M

Kind of a fun re-imagining. Cool cinematography.

9. Abduction (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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25 Metascore

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 69,269 | Gross: $28.09M

I thought this was pretty cool. Whatever. Don't judge me.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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45 Metascore

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 418,724 | Gross: $241.07M

Much better than I expected. Better than "At World's End" and as good as "Dead Man's Chest".

11. Sucker Punch (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy

6.1
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33 Metascore

A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone

Votes: 210,598 | Gross: $36.39M

I admit I enjoyed the cool visuals more than the story.

12. Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Votes: 101,667 | Gross: $58.71M

Only saw this because some friends wanted to. Ended up really enjoying it.

13. Just Go with It (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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33 Metascore

On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 189,329 | Gross: $103.03M

Usually not a Sandler fan so I was surprised at how funny this was.

14. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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53 Metascore

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter

Votes: 119,203 | Gross: $104.39M

I didn't love this as much as the other two C.O.N. movies but I still think it's worth watching again.

15. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 463,692 | Gross: $79.25M

Neat concept. Pretty well-made film.

16. I Am Number Four (2011)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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36 Metascore

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 208,441 | Gross: $55.10M

Not without its flaws but still cool.

17. Jumping the Broom (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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56 Metascore

Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.

Director: Salim Akil | Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $37.30M

Sweet and funny. Some would call this "preachy" but I didn't mind the message.

18. Beastly (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.6
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40 Metascore

A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Justin Bradley

Votes: 69,325 | Gross: $27.87M

Cute, modern take on a classic story. The story might be nothing special, but the lead and supporting cast are all charming.