The Top Ten Best Movies of 2011

No. 6. The Tree of Life

If you like your movies straightforward and not at all interpretive, stay far away from The Tree of Life. Very, very far away.

Visit the IMDB message boards, or any discussion about the movie, and you’ll see that the comments range from “an amazing movie” to “the worst movie ever made.” There is very little in between. The Tree of Life is the very definition of a love-it-or-hate-it film. You’ll either get it or you won’t, you’ll either appreciate it or you won’t.

No. 5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

It has ended. One of the best franchises in cinematic history is now over, The Boy Who Lived now a past event. But what an event it was. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is an epic conclusion to the storied franchise, a penultimate finale that sizzles with emotion, suspense and action – and the sad acceptance that there are no more Harry Potter stories to tell.

No. 4. The Artist

Silent films are a thing of the past no more. The Artist is a movie that draws the audience in to a degree that few films have this year, which is all the more remarkable considering that it does so through a format that is not only outdated, but one that most people will refuse to watch. It’s funny and heartbreaking, romantic and sad. Most of all, The Artist is entertaining, and one of the year’s best movies.

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By Erik Samdahl
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