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BEST OF THE BEST OFS: Movies 2011
December 27, 2011
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The holiday season is also the start of Hollywood's awards season, when film pundits of all sorts start making predictions about who will rule the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and every other film competition in the works. As it also coincides with the end of the calendar year, it's the time when many of those same pundits warm to the task by listing their own picks for the top movies of the past 12 months.

Here is a sampling of just some of those picks, as we select more of the Best of the 2011 Best-of lists.

DRIVE.jpgPeter Travers of Rolling Stone Picks The 10 Best Movies of 2011

1. Drive
2. The Artist
3. The Descendants
4. Moneyball
5. Midnight in Paris
6. Hugo
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8. Margin Call
9. The Tree of Life
10. War Horse, The Help, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Roger Ebert's Top 20 Movies of 2011

1. A Separation
2. Shame
3. The Tree of Life
4. Hugo
5. Take Shelter
6. Kinyarwanda
7. Drive
8. Midnight in Paris
9. Le Havre
10. The Artist
11. Melancholia
12. Terri
13. The Descendants
14. Margaret
15. Martha Marcy May Marlene
16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
17. Trust
18. Life, Above All
19. The Mill and the Cross
20. Another Earth

Highest Scoring Movies of 2011 on Rotten Tomatoes

1. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
2. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
3. We Were Here
4. Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
5. A Separation
6. Thunder Soul
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Hell and Back Again
9. Leap Year
10. The Interrupters

A.O. Scott of The New York Times Picks The Best Films of 2011, in alphabetical order

Bridesmaids
A Brighter Summer Day
Cedar Rapids
A Dangerous Method
The Descendants
The Future
The Help
Incendies
Into the Abyss
Margin Call
Meek's Cutoff
Mysteries of Lisbon
Le Quattro Volte
The Tree of Life
Tuesday, After Christmas
War Horse
Warrior
Weekend
Winnie the Pooh
Young Adult



Dana White of Slate Picks the Best Movies of 2011, in alphabetical order

Buck
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Certified Copy
The Clock
The Interrupters
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A Separation
The Tree of Life
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Weekend

MOVIEtalk on Yahoo! Movies Best Movie Trailers of 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Drive


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Muppets


MOVIEtalk on Yahoo! Movies Worst Movie Trailers of 2011

Happy Feet Two


Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star


The Double


Shark Night 3D


Killer Elite



Click Online's Top 5 Action Scenes of 2011


Kung Fu Panda 2:
Po fends off animals and flaming cannonballs in an interconnected set piece of mysticism, brawling, techniques and humour.
Immortals: A stylized and gory depiction of what happens when gods and titans join battle.
I Am Number Four: When Four and Six take on the Mogadorians, the results involve monsters, lasers, teleporting and projectile lockers. (See the clip below.)
Fast Five: What could be better than Vin Diesel racing through the streets of Rio? Having him drag a bank vault along for the ride.
Hanna: Eric Bana leaves six dead agents behind after a brief but intense encounter in a subway station



The Times of India's Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2011

1.Bodyguard
2. Ra.One
3. The Dirty Picture
4. Ready
5. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
6. Singham
7. Rock Star
8. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
9. Delhi Belly
10.Yamla Pagla Deewana

For the past few years, Matt Shapiro has been assembling video montages of highlights from each year's film releases, which he calls 'Cinemascapes'. Here is his 2011 version:

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