2011 in Review

  1. The Artist, A, gimmicky premise fulfilled by characters and story
  2. Moneyball, A, well-written and acted atypical baseball movie
  3. Too Big To Fail, A, great cast tells the story of the 2008 meltdown
  4. Midnight in Paris, A-, nice mystical romance
  5. Bridesmaids, A-, very funny, obscene movie with great characters
  6. The Adventures of Tintin, A-, an underappreciated fast-paced action movie
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, A-, flawed series has a satisfying end
  8. Drive, B+, great story and characters with some gory violence
  9. The Help, B+, tells a good story through southern stereotypes
  10. Rango, B+, dark, oddball, animated movie is mostly fun
  11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, B+, good mystery nearly undone by some deep flaws
  12. Super 8, B, largely derivative movie of a menacing ET
  13. Friends With Benefits, B, bad writing lets down a promising cast
  14. Puss in Boots, B, solid CGI animated feature, but not outstanding
  15. Captain America, B, good character and plot, but getting formulaic
  16. The Hangover Part II, B, same formula as before and still pretty good
  17. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, B-, melodramatic story of a 9/11 orphan