The Movie List 2011

Our ever-expanding ranking of all the year's movies, from best to worst. Find out where this week's releases fit!

Topics: Our Picks, Movies,

Welcome to the 2011 edition of The Movie List — which is now nearly complete!. It’s exactly what it sounds like: an ongoing ranking of the year’s movies, from No. 1 to No. Yucko. Of course it’s subjective and prone to perceptual flaws and chronological bias. In 2010, I wound up rearranging frequently as I re-evaluated or saw movies again. (By popular demand, here’s the full and final version of last year’s list.)

There’s always an element of the ridiculous in any endeavor like this: How do you decide whether a documentary about an artist who became famous years after committing suicide is better or worse than an animated film starring Johnny Depp as a chameleon? Which did I enjoy more: “Winnie the Pooh” or “The Thing”? I think there’s a two-part answer to questions like those. First, I ask myself which one I’d rather watch again, tonight. Then I try to think about the perplexing question of enduring value: Which one will I want to watch in five years? Which one would I recommend to my friends, my kids or my mother-in-law?

I’ll update at least once a week. New additions are always marked accordingly.



  1. Poetry

    Director: Lee Chang-dong

    Starring: Yun Jung-hee, David Lee, Ahn Nae-sang

  2. Melancholia

    Director: Lars von Trier

    Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgård

  3. Take Shelter

    Director: Jeff Nichols

    Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

  4. Coriolanus

    Director: Ralph Fiennes

    Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox

  5. Mysteries of Lisbon

    Director: Raúl Ruiz

    Starring: Afonso Pimentel, Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Clotilde Hesme, Ricardo Pereira

  6. A Separation new!

    Director: Asghar Farhadi

    Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

  7. Drive

    Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

    Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman

  8. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Starring: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee

  9. Meek’s Cutoff

    Director: Kelly Reichardt

    Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

  10. Putty Hill

    Director: Matt Porterfield

    Starring: Sky Ferreira, Zoe Vance, James Siebor, Charles Sauers

  11. Beginners

    Director: Mike Mills

    Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

  12. Of Gods and Men

    Director: Xavier Beauvois

    Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Farid Larbi

  13. Le Havre

    Director: Aki Kaurismäki

    Starring: André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel

  14. We Need to Talk About Kevin new!

    Director: Lynne Ramsay

    Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

  15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy new!

    Director: Tomas Alfredson

    Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch

  16. Shame new!

    Director: Steve McQueen

    Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

  17. Certified Copy

    Director: Abbas Kiarostami

    Starring: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell

  18. A Dangerous Method new!

    Director: David Cronenberg

    Starring: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

  19. Hugo new!

    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer

  20. Weekend new!

    Director: Andrew Haigh

    Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New

  21. The Interrupters

    Director: Steve James

    Starring: Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra (documentary)

  22. World on a Wire (1973)

    Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Starring: Klaus Löwitsch, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau, Mascha Rabben, Barbara Valentin

  23. The Trip

    Director: Michael Winterbottom

    Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

  24. The Princess of Montpensier

    Director: Bertrand Tavernier

    Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel

  25. Sleeping Beauty new!

    Director: Julia Leigh

    Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie

  26. Armadillo

    Director: Janus Metz

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  27. Jane Eyre

    Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

    Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench

  28. Nostalgia for the Light

    Director: Patricio Guzmán

    Starring: n/a; documentary

  29. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo new!

    Director: David Fincher

    Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

  30. The Descendants

    Director: Alexander Payne

    Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Robert Forster

  31. Project Nim

    Director: James Marsh

    Starring: Nim Chimpsky, Herbert Terrace, Stephanie LaFarge, Bob Ingersoll (documentary)

  32. Leap Year

    Director: Michael Rowe

    Starring: Mónica del Carmen, Gustavo Sánchez Parra

  33. A Somewhat Gentle Man

    Director: Hans Petter Moland

    Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Jorunn Kjellsby, Bjørn Floberg, Jannike Kruse

  34. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

    Director: Marshall Curry

    Starring: Daniel McGowan, Suzanne Savoie, Kirk Engdall (documentary)

  35. The Time That Remains

    Director: Elia Suleiman

    Starring: Saleh Bakri, Samar Tamus, Elia Suleiman, Isabelle Ramadan

  36. The Future

    Director: Miranda July

    Starring: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Joe Putterlik

  37. The Artist

    Director: Michel Hazanavicius

    Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

  38. Margin Call

    Director: J.C. Chandor

    Starring: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci

  39. Hell and Back Again

    Director: Danfung Dennis

    Starring: Nathan Harris, Ashley Harris (documentary)

  40. The Guard

    Director: John Michael McDonagh

    Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong

  41. The Muppets

    Director: James Bobin

    Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy

  42. Buck

    Director: Cindy Meehl

    Starring: Buck Brannaman, Mary Brannaman, Robert Redford (documentary)

  43. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    Director: Werner Herzog

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  44. Bombay Beach

    Director: Alma Har’el

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  45. The Tree of Life

    Director: Terrence Malick

    Starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken

  46. Tuesday, After Christmas

    Director: Radu Muntean

    Starring: Mimi Brănescu, Mirela Oprişor, Maria Popistaşu

  47. Senna

    Director: Asif Kapadia

    Starring: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Ron Dennis, Sid Watkins (documentary)

  48. My Joy

    Director: Sergei Loznitsa

    Starring: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov

  49. Martha Marcy May Marlene

    Director: Sean Durkin

    Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy

  50. The Housemaid

    Director: Im Sang-soo

    Starring: Jeon Do-youn, Lee Jung-jae, Seo Woo, Park Ji-young, Yun Yeo-jong

  51. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

    Director: Göran Olsson

    Starring: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale (documentary)

  52. 13 Assassins

    Director: Takashi Miike

    Starring: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki

  53. Kill the Irishman

    Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

    Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken

  54. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

    Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone

  55. The Last Circus

    Director: Álex de la Iglesia

    Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang, Enrique Villén

  56. Into the Abyss

    Director: Werner Herzog
    Starring: Jason Burkett, Michael Perry, Lisa Stotler-Balloun, Charles Richardson (documentary)

  57. Contagion

    Director: Steven Soderbergh

    Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet

  58. The Skin I Live In

    Director: Pedro Almodóvar

    Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

  59. War Horse new!

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston

  60. The Ides of March

    Director: George Clooney

    Starring: Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, George Clooney

  61. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

    Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

    Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Danny Trejo, Elias Koteas, Neil Patrick Harris

  62. The Lincoln Lawyer

    Director: Brad Furman

    Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

  63. The Help

    Director: Tate Taylor

    Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain

  64. My Week With Marilyn

    Director: Simon Curtis

    Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper

  65. Page One: Inside the New York Times

    Director: Andrew Rossi

    Starring: David Carr, Brian Stelter, Bruce Headlam, Bill Keller (documentary)

  66. Carancho

    Director: Pablo Trapero

    Starring: Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman

  67. Stake Land

    Director: Jim Mickle

    Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Michael Cerveris

  68. Source Code

    Director: Duncan Jones

    Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

  69. The Human Resources Manager

    Director: Eran Riklis

    Starring: Mark Ivanir, Guri Alfi, Gila Almagor, Noah Silver

  70. How I Ended This Summer

    Director: Alexei Popogrebsky

    Starring: Grigory Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis

  71. The Adventures of Tintin new!

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

  72. In Time

    Director: Andrew Niccol

    Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser

  73. You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo

    Directors: Luc Côté, Patricio Henríquez

    Starring: Omar Khadr (documentary)

  74. R

    Directors: Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer

    Starring: Johan Philip Asbæk, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Roland Møller

  75. Winnie the Pooh

    Directors: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

    Starring: Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter

  76. The Myth of the American Sleepover

    Director: David Robert Mitchell

    Starring: Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen

  77. Unknown

    Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

    Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz

  78. Janie Jones

    Director: David M. Rosenthal

    Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Abigail Breslin, Peter Stormare, Elisabeth Shue

  79. The Thing

    Director: Matthijs van Heijningen

    Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

  80. Battle for Brooklyn

    Directors: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley

    Starring: Daniel Goldstein, Shabnam Merchant (documentary)

  81. Sucker Punch

    Director: Zack Snyder

    Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac

  82. Life in a Day

    Director: Kevin Macdonald, et al.

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  83. Moneyball

    Director: Bennett Miller

    Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

  84. Trollhunter

    Director: André Øvredal

    Starring: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Hans Morten Hansen

  85. American: The Bill Hicks Story

    Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas

    Starring: Bill Hicks, Mary Hicks, Dwight Slade, Kevin Booth (documentary)

  86. Bellflower

    Director: Evan Glodell

    Starring: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Rebekah Brandes, Tyler Dawson

  87. Septien

    Director: Michael Tully

    Starring: Robert Longstreet, Onur Tukel, Michael Tully, Mark Darby Robinson

  88. The Women on the 6th Floor

    Director: Philippe Le Guay

    Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke

  89. Captain America: The First Avenger

    Director: Joe Johnston

    Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell

  90. Into Eternity

    Director: Michael Madsen

    Starring: n/a; documentary

  91. The Adjustment Bureau

    Director: George Nolfi

    Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery

  92. Super 8

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Starring: Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Riley Griffiths

  93. Midnight in Paris

    Director: Woody Allen

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill

  94. Hanna

    Director: Joe Wright

    Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett

  95. Magic Trip

    Directors: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney

    Starring: Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary (documentary)

  96. Circumstance

    Director: Maryam Keshavarz

    Starring: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai

  97. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

    Director: Rodman Flender

    Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter (documentary)

  98. Super

    Director: James Gunn

    Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

  99. Rapt

    Director: Lucas Belvaux

    Starring: Yvan Attal, Anne Consigny, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian

  100. Applause

    Director: Martin Peter Zandvliet

    Starring: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch, Sara-Marie Maltha

  101. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

    Director: Joann Sfar

    Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta

  102. Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    Director: Sophie Fiennes

    Starring: Anselm Kiefer (documentary)

  103. Margaret

    Director: Kenneth Lonergan

    Starring: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jeannie Berlin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon

  104. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

    Director: Bill Condon

    Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene

  105. Attack the Block

    Director: Joe Cornish

    Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost

  106. Higher Ground

    Director: Vera Farmiga

    Starring: Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, Dagmara Dominczyk, John Hawkes

  107. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Director: Rupert Wyatt

    Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

  108. Texas Killing Fields

    Director: Ami Canaan Mann

    Starring: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Grace Moretz

  109. Girlfriend

    Director: Justin Lerner

    Starring: Evan Sneider, Shannon Woodward, Jackson Rathbone

  110. Like Crazy

    Director: Drake Doremus

    Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston

  111. Friends With Benefits

    Director: Will Gluck

    Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Woody Harrelson

  112. United Red Army

    Director: Koji Wakamatsu

    Starring: Maki Sakai, Arata, Akie Namiki, Go Jibiki

  113. Point Blank

    Director: Fred Cavayé

    Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya

  114. Green Lantern

    Director: Martin Campbell

    Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

  115. Cedar Rapids

    Director: Miguel Arteta

    Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

  116. One Lucky Elephant

    Director: Lisa Leeman

    Starring: David Balding, Carol Buckley, Flora the elephant (documentary)

  117. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Director: David Yates

    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

  118. Killer Elite

    Director: Gary McKendry

    Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro

  119. Ra.One

    Director: Anubhav Sinha

    Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal

  120. Revenge of the Electric Car

    Director: Chris Paine

    Starring: Bob Lutz, Carlos Ghosn, Elon Musk, Greg “Gadget” Abbott (documentary)

  121. Submarine

    Director: Richard Ayoade

    Starring: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor

  122. Fast Five

    Director: Justin Lin

    Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson

  123. Warrior

    Director: Gavin O’Connor

    Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte

  124. Kaboom

    Director: Gregg Araki

    Starring: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Roxane Mesquida

  125. My Reincarnation

    Director: Jennifer Fox

    Starring: Yeshi Silvano Namkhai, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (documentary)

  126. Kidnapped

    Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas

    Starring: Fernando Cayo, Ana Wagener, Manuela Vellés, Dritan Biba

  127. The Beaver

    Director: Jodie Foster

    Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

  128. The Double Hour

    Director: Giuseppe Capotondi

    Starring: Ksenia Rappoport, Filippo Timi

  129. The Woodmans

    Director: C. Scott Willis

    Starring: Francesca Woodman, Betty Woodman, Charles Woodman (documentary)

  130. Cars 2

    Director: John Lasseter

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro

  131. If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

    Director: Florin Serban

    Starring: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Clara Voda

  132. Red State

    Director: Kevin Smith

    Starring: Michael Angarano, Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman

  133. The Debt

    Director: John Madden

    Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain

  134. Scream 4

    Director: Wes Craven

    Starring: Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettierre

  135. J. Edgar

    Director: Clint Eastwood

    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench

  136. Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

    Director: Wilson Yip

    Starring: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Lynn Hung, Huang Xiaoming

  137. When We Leave

    Director: Feo Aladag

    Starring: Sibel Kekilli, Settar Tanriogen, Derya Alabora

  138. Rango

    Director: Gore Verbinski

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina

  139. Our Idiot Brother

    Director: Jesse Peretz

    Starring: Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones

  140. In a Better World

    Director: Susanne Bier

    Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen, Markus Rygaard, Trine Dyrholm

  141. Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja

    Director: Billy Corben

    Starring: n/a; documentary

  142. Thor

    Director: Kenneth Branagh

    Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård

  143. Farmageddon

    Director: Kristin Canty

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  144. Miral

    Director: Julian Schnabel

    Starring: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Yasmine Al Massry, Alexander Siddig

  145. X-Men: First Class

    Director: Matthew Vaughn

    Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, January Jones

  146. The Rite

    Director: Mikael Håfström

    Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds

  147. The Whistleblower

    Director: Larysa Kondracki

    Starring: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn

  148. Red Riding Hood

    Director: Catherine Hardwicke

    Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Shiloh Fernandez

  149. The Eagle

    Director: Kevin Macdonald

    Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim

  150. The Way Back

    Director: Peter Weir

    Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan

  151. Barney’s Version

    Director: Richard J. Lewis

    Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman

  152. Cowboys & Aliens

    Director: Jon Favreau

    Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Olivia Wilde

  153. The Other Woman

    Director: Don Roos

    Starring: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Lisa Kudrow, Charlie Tahan

  154. The Company Men

    Director: John Wells

    Starring: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt

  155. Happythankyoumoreplease

    Director: Josh Radnor

    Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan

  156. Orgasm Inc.

    Director: Liz Canner

    Starring: n/a (documentary)

  157. Anonymous

    Director: Roland Emmerich

    Starring: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis

  158. The Rum Diary

    Director: Bruce Robinson

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart

  159. Young Adult

    Director: Jason Reitman

    Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser

  160. Another Earth

    Director: Mike Cahill

    Starring: Brit Marling, William Mapother

  161. Tower Heist

    Director: Brett Ratner

    Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Téa Leoni

  162. Trespass

    Director: Joel Schumacher

    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Ben Mendelsohn

  163. Larry Crowne

    Director: Tom Hanks

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, George Takei

  164. Rubber

    Director: Quentin Dupieux

    Starring: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida

  165. Rid of Me

    Director: James Westby

    Starring: Katie O’Grady, John Keyser, Storm Large

  166. The Son of No One

    Director: Dito Montiel

    Starring: Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche

  167. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Director: Michael Bay

    Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, John Turturro, John Malkovich

  168. W.E.

    Director: Madonna

    Starring: Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac, James D’Arcy

  169. Insidious

    Director: James Wan

    Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey

  170. The Change-Up

    Director: David Dobkin

    Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann

  171. The Catechism Cataclysm

    Director: Todd Rohal

    Starring: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet, Wally Dalton

  172. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

    Director: Tom Six

    Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black

  173. Hall Pass

    Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate

  174. Brighton Rock

    Director: Rowan Joffe

    Starring: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren, John Hurt

  175. Arthur

    Director: Jason Winer

    Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

  176. Horrible Bosses

    Director: Seth Gordon

    Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell

  177. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

    Director: Mark Waters

    Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Angela Lansbury

  178. Limitless

    Director: Neil Burger

    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish

  179. Paul

    Director: Greg Mottola

    Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig

  180. The Ward

    Director: John Carpenter

    Starring: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris

  181. The Art of Getting By

    Director: Gavin Wiesen

    Starring: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano

  182. Colombiana

    Director: Olivier Megaton

    Starring: Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis, Jordi Mollà, Lennie James

  183. One Day

    Director: Lone Scherfig

    Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Rafe Spall

  184. Trust

    Director: David Schwimmer

    Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato

  185. Sanctum

    Director: Alister Grierson

    Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson

  186. No Strings Attached

    Director: Ivan Reitman

    Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Olivia Thirlby

  187. The Dilemma

    Director: Ron Howard

    Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly

  188. Tanner Hall

    Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenburg

    Starring: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson

  189. Bad Teacher

    Director: Jake Kasdan

    Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch

  190. Abduction

    Director: John Singleton

    Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina

  191. The Hangover Part II

    Director: Todd Phillips

    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong

  192. The Green Hornet

    Director: Michel Gondry

    Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

  193. Battle: Los Angeles

    Director: Jonathan Liebesman

    Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Cory Hardrict

  194. Just Go With It

    Director: Dennis Dugan

    Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

  195. Prom

    Director: Joe Nussbaum

    Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell

  196. Season of the Witch

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    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy

  197. I Am Number Four

    Director: D.J. Caruso

    Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer

  198. Your Highness

    Director: David Gordon Green

    Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Justin Theroux

 

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    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët
    Kerascoët's lovely, delicate pen-and-watercolor art -- all intricate botanicals, big eyes and flowing hair -- gives this fairy story a deceptively pretty finish. You find out quickly, however, that these are the heartless and heedless fairies of folk legend, not the sentimental sprites beloved by the Victorians and Disney fans. A host of tiny hominid creatures must learn to survive in the forest after fleeing their former home -- a little girl who lies dead in the woods. The main character, Aurora, tries to organize the group into a community, but most of her cohort is too capricious, lazy and selfish to participate for long. There's no real moral to this story, which is refreshing in itself, beyond the perpetual lessons that life is hard and you have to be careful whom you trust. Never has ugly truth been given a prettier face.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni
    Squarzoni is a French cartoonist who makes nonfiction graphic novels about contemporary issues and politics. While finishing up a book about France under Jacques Chirac, he realized that when it came to environmental policy, he didn't know what he was talking about. "Climate Changed" is the result of his efforts to understand what has been happening to the planet, a striking combination of memoir and data that ruminates on a notoriously elusive, difficult and even imponderable subject. Panels of talking heads dispensing information (or Squarzoni discussing the issues with his partner) are juxtaposed with detailed and meticulous yet lyrical scenes from the author's childhood, the countryside where he takes a holiday and a visit to New York. He uses his own unreachable past as a way to grasp the imminent transformation of the Earth. The result is both enlightening and unexpectedly moving.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Here by Richard McGuire
    A six-page version of this innovative work by a regular contributor to the New Yorker first appeared in RAW magazine 25 years ago. Each two-page spread depicts a single place, sometimes occupied by a corner of a room, over the course of 4 billion years. The oldest image is a blur of pink and purple gases; others depict hazmat-suited explorers from 300 years in the future. Inset images show the changing decor and inhabitants of the house throughout its existence: family photos, quarrels, kids in Halloween costumes, a woman reading a book, a cat walking across the floor. The cumulative effect is serene and ravishing, an intimation of the immensity of time and the wonder embodied in the humblest things.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
    The legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist delivers his debut graphic novel at 85, a deliriously over-the-top blend of classic movie noir and melodrama that roams from chiaroscuro Bay City to Hollywood to a USO gig in the Pacific theater of World War II. There's a burnt-out drunk of a private eye, but the story is soon commandeered by a multigenerational collection of ferocious women, including a mysterious chanteuse who never speaks, a radio comedy writer who makes a childhood friend the butt of a hit series and a ruthless dame intent on making her whiny coward of a husband into a star. There are disguises, musical numbers and plenty of gunfights, but the drawing is the main attraction. Nobody convey's bodies in motion more thrillingly than Feiffer, whether they're dancing, running or duking it out. The kid has promise.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis
    This is a weird one, but in the nervy surreal way that word-playful novels like "A Clockwork Orange" or "Ulysses" are weird. The main character, a teenage schoolboy named Scarper Lee, lives in a world where it rains knives and people make their own parents, contraptions that can be anything from a tiny figurine stashable in a pocket to biomorphic boiler-like entities that seem to have escaped from Dr. Seuss' nightmares. Their homes are crammed with gadgets they call gods and instead of TV they watch a hulu-hoop-size wheel of repeating images that changes with the day of the week. They also know their own "death day," and Scarper's is coming up fast. Maybe that's why he runs off with the new girl at school, a real troublemaker, and the obscurely dysfunctional Castro, whose mother is a cageful of talking parakeets. A solid towline of teenage angst holds this manically inventive vision together, and proves that some graphic novels can rival the text-only kind at their own game.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    NOBROW 9: It's Oh So Quiet
    For each issue, the anthology magazine put out by this adventurous U.K.-based publisher of independent graphic design, illustration and comics gives 45 artists a four-color palette and a theme. In the ninth issue, the theme is silence, and the results are magnificent and full of surprises. The comics, each told in images only, range from atmospheric to trippy to jokey to melancholy to epic to creepy. But the two-page illustrations are even more powerful, even if it's not always easy to see how they pertain to the overall concept of silence. Well, except perhaps for the fact that so many of them left me utterly dumbstruck with visual delight.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Over Easy by Mimi Pond
    When Pond was a broke art student in the 1970s, she took a job at a neighborhood breakfast spot in Oakland, a place with good food, splendid coffee and an endlessly entertaining crew of short-order cooks, waitresses, dishwashers and regular customers. This graphic memoir, influenced by the work of Pond's friend, Alison Bechdel, captures the funky ethos of the time, when hippies, punks and disco aficionados mingled in a Bay Area at the height of its eccentricity. The staff of the Imperial Cafe were forever swapping wisecracks and hopping in and out of each other's beds, which makes them more or less like every restaurant team in history. There's an intoxicating esprit de corps to a well-run everyday joint like the Imperial Cafe, and never has the delight in being part of it been more winningly portrayed.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
    You don't have to be a superhero fan to be utterly charmed by Yang and Liew's revival of a little-known character created in the 1940s by the cartoonist Chu Hing. This version of the Green Turtle, however, is rich in characterization, comedy and luscious period detail from the Chinatown of "San Incendio" (a ringer for San Francisco). Hank, son of a mild-mannered grocer, would like to follow in his father's footsteps, but his restless mother (the book's best character and drawn with masterful nuance by Liew) has other ideas after her thrilling encounter with a superhero. Yang's story effortlessly folds pathos into humor without stooping to either slapstick or cheap "darkness." This is that rare tribute that far surpasses the thing it celebrates.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Shoplifter by Michael Cho
    Corinna Park, former English major, works, unhappily, in a Toronto advertising agency. When the dissatisfaction of the past five years begins to oppress her, she lets off steam by pilfering magazines from a local convenience store. Cho's moody character study is as much about city life as it is about Corinna. He depicts her falling asleep in front of the TV in her condo, brooding on the subway, roaming the crowded streets after a budding romance goes awry. Like a great short story, this is a simple tale of a young woman figuring out how to get her life back, but if feels as if it contains so much of contemporary existence -- its comforts, its loneliness, its self-deceptions -- suspended in wintery amber.

    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
    This collection of archetypal horror, fairy and ghost stories, all about young girls, comes lushly decked in Carroll's inky black, snowy white and blood-scarlet art. A young bride hears her predecessor's bones singing from under the floorboards, two friends make the mistake of pretending to summon the spirits of the dead, a family of orphaned siblings disappears one by one into the winter nights. Carroll's color-saturated images can be jagged, ornate and gruesome, but she also knows how to chill with absence, shadows and a single staring eye. Literary readers who cherish the work of Kelly Link or the late Angela Carter's collection, "The Bloody Chamber," will adore the violent beauty on these pages.

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