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The Best Movies of 2011

The Best Movies of 2011


Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2011 (even if some were made in 2010).  I have included trailers for each movie.  I would love to eventually write a review of each of these films and talk about why I enjoyed them so much.  But for now, just know that I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2011 that are worthy of this list.


The Town (2011)

Limitless (2011)

Hugo (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Moneyball (2011)

Source Code (2011)

The Beaver (2011)

50/50 (2011)

In Time (2011)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

Change-Up (2011)

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)


Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Unknown (2011)

The Ides of March (2011)


Red Sparrow (2018)

Red Sparrow (2018)

This movie appeared like it would be a cross between Atomic Blonde (2017) and Black Swan (2010).  I always find it interesting how after such a unique film like Atomic Blonde is released, shortly after we get a copycat movie (I will talk more about this concept in a post in the near future).

I have gotten fed up with actors and actresses feeling the need to be politicians.  As if their political opinions matter.  Please just do what you do best and stick to filmmaking.  It gets a little old when they stir up the negativity.

All politics aside, Jennifer Lawrence is a talented actress.  I feel that she proved her ability in her role in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).  She has a tendency to make insanely outrageous statements that are about as inappropriate as some of the things that come out of President Donald Trump’s mouth.  This has started to taint my view of Lawrence as an actress.  If she was a little more careful with her words publicly, I would respect her more.

Prior to seeing this movie, I went to the theater with an open mind.  Instead of having a biased and negative opinion before even seeing the film, I thought I would let Jennifer Lawrence’s acting do the talking and drown out the crazy things that she says publicly.

Red Sparrow is about a damaged Russian ballerina who finds herself training to be a “Sparrow”, a Special Agent of sorts for the Russian government.  She is tasked with getting information from the American C.I.A. and becomes entangled between both governments working against each other.

The movie was directed by Francis Lawrence and the noteworthy cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Douglas Hodge, Bill Camp, Sakina Jaffrey, and Thekla Reuten.

The film did in fact, feel like a cross between Atomic Blonde and Black Swan.  However, there was much less action than Atomic Blonde and far more drama.  It has the surprising sexual darkness of Black Swan, only much more magnified.  The graphic violence in the movie is a lot more twisted and vicious than Atomic Blonde.

I did not think that Jennifer Lawrence was going to be able to pull off a Russian accent.  I was worried that this would really take away from the movie.  For the most part, the accent was OK though.  Towards the end of the film, it started going in and out, but overall was believable.  Her performance was quite gritty.  There were some surprisingly twisted nude scenes.  It definitely has the shock value.

Edgerton’s character was likable, but he was a little underused.  His character was not quite developed enough.  That was acceptable, because it really is Jennifer Lawrence’s movie.  However, I feel like this did take away from the film.  The chemistry between the male lead and female lead was just not there.

I did feel like Red Sparrow was trying really hard to be like Atomic Blonde.  All the way down to platinum blonde hair and Stoli vodka.  Charlize Theron was a much bigger badass in Atomic Blonde than Jennifer Lawrence was Red Sparrow.  Atomic Blonde was a lot more fun and exciting.  The dark subject matter in Red Sparrow was not broken up with any humor or much fun.  I feel that took away from the overall quality of movie because it makes the 2 hours and 19 minutes runtime feel like that amount of time.  They did not cut the tension and therefore it felt like it was trying too hard to be too dark.

This is a shadowy spy thriller that pulls no punches.  It is intentionally and methodically puzzling.  The film is a little rough around the edges, but overall is well-made and well-acted.

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.


If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:


Atomic Blonde (2017)

Salt (2010)

Black Swan (2010)

Casino Royale (2006)

Skyfall (2012)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

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If you are trying to find a good Action & Adventure movie to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly, then you probably should not look much further than this list.  After sifting through all of the Action & Adventure Movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly, the movies on this list are the best ones, in my opinion.

I have not reviewed all of the movies that are on this list, but if any of the titles are highlighted, then simply click on the title for a trailer, movie pictures, my rating, and my full review of that movie.  If you like what you see, check out the rest of my website.  As I review more films, I will add more links to this list.

Some of these movies are more action-packed than others, but according to Netflix, they are all classified as Action & Adventure.  Here is the list of the Best Action & Adventure Movies that Netflix Watch Instantly currently has to offer:

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End of Watch (2012)

The Boondock Saints Poster

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Warrior Poster

Warrior (2011)

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl Poster

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Terminator 2 Poster

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Equilibrium Poster

Equilibrium (2002)

Face Off Poster

Face/Off (1997)

The Italian Job Poster

The Italian Job (2003)

Narc Poster

Narc (2002)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Poster

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Grey Poster

The Grey (2011)

Dances with Wolves Poster

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dead Man Poster

Dead Man (1995)

The Hunger Games Poster

The Hunger Games (2012)

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Poster

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

The Score Poster

The Score (2001)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Poster

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Seeking Justice Poster

Seeking Justice (2011)

Escape From Alcatraz Poster

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Red Dawn (1984) Poster

Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn (2012) Poster

Red Dawn (2012)

Skyfall Poster

Skyfall (2012)

Haywire Poster

Haywire (2011)

Dead Man Down Poster

Dead Man Down (2013)

The Expendables 2 Poster

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Ip Man Poster

Ip Man (2008)

The Last Stand Poster

The Last Stand (2013)

Shaft Poster

Shaft (2000)

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xXx (2002)

48 Hrs. Poster

48 Hrs. (1982)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Poster

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Breakdown Poster

Breakdown (1997)

The Untouchables Poster

The Untouchables (1987)

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Dredd (2012)

The Ghost and the Darkness Poster

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Beverly Hills Cop Poster

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Tears of the Sun Poster

Tears of the Sun (2003)

Stolen Poster

Stolen (2012)

The Eiger Sanction Poster

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

The Crow Poster

The Crow (1994)

Killing Season Poster

Killing Season (2013)

Get The Gringo Poster

Get the Gringo (2012)

Parker Poster

Parker (2013)

If you enjoyed this list, check out the rest of my Netflix related material by clicking on the Netflix Related icon towards the top of your screen.  I’ll continue to add new lists, and of course, more movie reviews, new movie trailers, and everything movies, so check back often at Movies are what I do.

Happy Birthday to Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Happy Birthday to Tom Cruise!  The outstanding actor turns 51 years old today.

Cruise is one of the greatest actors of our time.  Some don’t like him because of his views.  I try not to judge.  His films speak for themselves.  The guy can act.

13 Best Tom Cruise Movies (in no particular order):

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The Last Samurai (2003)

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Collateral (2004)

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Valkyrie (2008)

Vanilla Sky Poster

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Days of Thunder Poster

Days of Thunder (1990)

The Color of Money Poster

The Color of Money (1986)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Oblivion (2013)

Top Gun Poster

Top Gun (1986)

Minority Report Poster

Minority Report (2002)

Rain Man Poster

Rain Man (1988)

Eyes Wide Shut Poster

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

There are plenty of other Cruise films that could have been on this list, but these are just my favorites.