Top Films of 2010

A Listmania! list by Sara (New York, NY)
The list author says: "It's been another good year for film, particularly for the ladies"
The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
1.  The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Jesse Eisenberg
The list author says:
  "Timely, relentless, intelligent, and best of all, genuinely entertaining. Though it probably has very little to do with the actual founding of Facebook, it has a lot to do with how we live our lives today. Eisenberg's awkward automaton is a chilling portrait of modern ambition"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (718 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

Blue Valentine
2.  Blue Valentine DVD ~ Michelle Williams
The list author says:
  "This one will knock you flat. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of such immediate intimacy and emotional gutsiness that you'll be unable to stop watching, even if you wish you could. An incredible, mature achievement"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Winter's Bone
3.  Winter's Bone DVD ~ Jennifer Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Stark and spooky, displaying an America that's rarely explored on film, with an indelible lead performance from Jennifer Lawrence. The film has a true, live-wire feeling to it that doesn't let up until the credits roll"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (951 customer reviews)

Fish Tank (The Criterion Collection)
4.  Fish Tank (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Michael Fassbender
The list author says:
  "Made in 2009 but released stateside in 2010, Andrea Arnold's film is a raw, uninhibited portrait of life in England's housing projects. Katie Jarvis gives a startling, ferocious performance as Mia and Michael Fassbender, as her neglectful mother's new boyfriend, has a dangerously seductive charm. A coming of age film that rises above the cliches of its genre to say something truly insightful"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Black Swan
5.  Black Swan DVD ~ Natalie Portman
The list author says:
  "A riot of a film, volatile and fiendish in the best sense. Natalie Portman, a bright star who seems to do her best when guided by a strong hand, gives a career best performance as Nina. Throw the passion of "The Red Shoes" into a blender with Polanski's "Repulsion" and add a dose of "Showgirls" for good measure and you'll have a good idea what you're in for"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (974 customer reviews)

Exit Through the Gift Shop [Blu-ray]
6.  Exit Through the Gift Shop [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Banksy
The list author says:
  "Whether or not it ends up being a hoax, it's a marvelously entertaining exploration of an art world at the mercy of its own hype, featuring some incredible footage of street artists at work, with Banksy and his robotically-altered voice stealing the show"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)

Please Give
7.  Please Give DVD ~ Catherine Keener
The list author says:
  "This one flew under the radar earlier in the year, which is a shame because it's a small gem of a film. Subtle and funny, with intriguing things to say about guilt in the modern world when the gulf between the have's and have-not's grows bigger by the day"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

True Grit
8.  True Grit DVD ~ Jeff Bridges
The list author says:
  "A fantastically fun throwback to the golden days of the Western genre from modern filmmaking's most mischievous tricksters. Jeff Bridges is great as always but the true anchor of the film is Hailee Stenfield's performance, which has a maturity and strength beyond her young years"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,006 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Somewhere [Italian Edition]
9.  Somewhere [Italian Edition] DVD ~ Phoenix
The list author says:
  "The film has the pace of something by Ozu and the plot itself is paper-thin, but those willing to give themselves over to Coppola's deliberate rhythms will find themselves rewarded. Elle Fanning, in particular, has a natural charm that's enjoyable to watch"
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The Illusionist (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
10.  The Illusionist (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) DVD ~ Jean-Claude Donda
The list author says:
  "I'm a big fan of Tati and this animated film from The Triplets of Belleville director pays a lovely tribute to one of cinema's last great silent clowns. Nearly dialogue-less but elegantly crafted and full of moments both charming and bittersweet"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

I Am Love
11.  I Am Love DVD ~ Tilda Swinton
The list author says:
  "Operatic and sensual, this film can either come off as over-the-top or deeply moving, depending on your mood. Tilda Swinton gives a fearless performance as the matriarch of an Italian family on the brink of decline"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

Barney's Version (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
12.  Barney's Version (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) DVD ~ Paul Giamatti
The list author says:
  "A lovely little gem of a film, with a magnificent central performance, both prickly and sympathetic, from Paul Giamatti, well-supported by Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, and Rosamund Pike as his father, second wife, and third wife respectively. A movie that has the true messiness of life and an insightful examination of both modern romance and Jewish tradition"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Toy Story 3
13.  Toy Story 3 DVD ~ Tom Hanks
The list author says:
  "Whether or not we actually needed another Toy Story installment is up for debate but what we have is another heartwarming and surprisingly insightful flick from Pixar, who seem to have this market cornered. Nice to see Buzz and Woody in action again"
$19.96   Used & New from: $2.53
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,357 customer reviews) | 35 customer discussions

Inception
14.  Inception DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
The list author says:
  "It's best just to give up all logic while watching and just go along for the ride. Whether or not you catch everything Nolan throws at you, it's a wild and twisty experience all the same"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,091 customer reviews) | 43 customer discussions

Greenberg
15.  Greenberg DVD ~ Ben Stiller
The list author says:
  "Caustic but brilliant, these are not characters who particularly want our affection and probably don't deserve it. But Greta Gerwig, as a young woman perpetually frustrated by her feelings, is riveting to watch"
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2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

Animal Kingdom
16.  Animal Kingdom DVD ~ Ben Mendelsohn
The list author says:
  "A ferocious Aussie import that plays like a grittier version of 'Goodfellas' with a diabolically layered performance from Jacki Weaver as the crime family's tricky, uncompromising matriarch"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Another Year (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
17.  Another Year (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) DVD ~ Jim Broadbent
The list author says:
  "A slow burn, meticulously built on a specific set of characters though not particularly plot heavy. It's a melancholy, often challenging affair, exploring the lives of people who've been dealt a bad hand. Lesley Manville in particular will make viewers cringe but it's one of the most starkly honest portrayals of a woman of a certain age that's every been on screen. Well done"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
18.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD ~ Michael Cera
The list author says:
  "Truly like watching a living comic book, which will probably turn off some viewers from the outset. But its deadpan humor and invigorating energy set it apart from the typical teen fare"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (914 customer reviews)

The Ghost Writer
19.  The Ghost Writer DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
The list author says:
  "Deliberately dreary, ultimately sneaky, this political thriller from Roman Polanski isn't quite the director at the top of his game, but it still offers some excellent surprises, in particular the wily presence of Olivia Williams as the politician's mournful wife"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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