If last year was the year of Natalie Portman, this year was the year of Ryan Gossling. 2011 was also the year of sci-fi, superheros and more sequels (Hangover, Harry Potter, Twilight, Cars, etc). While I didn’t feel there were any stand out blockbusters like “Avatar” or “Black Swan,” there were certainly several suprises. Here is my list of Must-See Movies of 2011 (some you maybe have seen and some you might have skipped).
“Midnight in Paris”
My knowledge of art and literature was certainly put to the test watching “Midnight in Paris” but whether you understood every historical reference or not, “Midnight in Paris” was beautifully unique and put a very interesting twist on a love story.
“The Help” was the first book-turned-movie that I wasn’t overly disappointed in. Generally, most books-turned-movies leave out such important information, or the characters are so disconnected from to another. “The Help” was moving, inspiring and overall impressive.
Wasn’t this everyone’s favorite comedy of 2011? Basically, in a nut shell, it’s “The Hangover” for women. But not only did women find it funny, most men did as well. Melissa McCarthy is brilliant on the big screen! This was the funniest wedding movie since “Wedding Crashers.”
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
As a junkie for Marvel movies, it wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with “Captain America: The First Avenger” this past summer. “Captain America: The First Avenger” has helped set the stage for “Avengers,” opening in theatres May 2012. The young portrayal of Tony Stark was brilliant! It’s fun to watch as the superhero movies begin to connect and intertwine.
“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1”
Yeah, yeah, yeah…. knock it all you want, but “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” was the best movie of the Twilight Series YET! I’m sure I said that last year as well, but I can’t help it – they keep getting better and better! In addition, I have to say I was beyond impressed with the music. Christina Perri is a rising star and if you haven’t already downloaded “A Thousand Years,” it’s a must for your iTunes!
“Take Me Home Tonight”
“Take Me Home Tonight” was one of the most underrated movies of 2011. Who doesn’t like classic 80s music, hairstyles, clothing, etc! This movie had the best one liners and subtle humor. If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance.
“Friends with Benefits”
If you found this movie offensive, I’m sorry but it was so funny! Justin Timberlake is on my list of faves. Since “The Social Network,” he has found a home on the big screen that suits him. If you’re in your 20s, this movie is a must-see.
It takes place in Minnesota so it obviously deserves a shout out. Not to mention Diablo Cody used to live here and write for a local publication. This dark comedy centers around Marvis Gary (Theron), a woman you hate, love and then hate again.
Already nominiated for five Golden Globes, “The Descendants” is winning over audiences everywhere this December. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry. It’s still in theatres.
“The Ides of March”
“The Ides of March” has an outstanding cast that is powerful and emotional on screen. This movie is one that will capture you and suck you into the drama. One of the best thrillers of the year.
Agree or disagree with my list? What was your favorite movie of 2011? What are you looking forward to seeing in 2012? Stay tuned for my Oscar predictions and information about our annual Theatres at Mall of America® Oscar VIP party!