Last year was good year for movies. Nostalgic efforts like Best Picture-winner The Artist and nominees Hugo and Midnight in Paris were popular with critics, and the art-house crowd was given films like The Tree of Life, Melancholia, Certified Copy, Take Shelter, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. There were cult-driven movies like Drive, Hanna, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and edgier fare, such as Shame and Sleeping Beauty. While three Marvel films opened, Harry Potter ended, and breakout hits like Bridesmaids and Moneyball were released. Sadly, some brilliant films, such as Beginners, Contagion, Senna, and Margin Call, were largely ignored by audiences. Last but not least were guilty pleasures like The Rum Diary and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which added a bit of levity to the 2011 slate. On the whole, it was a solid year for the movies. My list of favorites is located after the cut.
1. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
5. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
6. Beginners (Mike Mills)
7. Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes)
8. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
9. Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
10. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)