A woman devotes 18 years of her life to an attempt to overturn her brother's murder conviction in this inspirational based-on-a-true-story drama from director Tony Goldwyn. Critics didn't dislike it, but many found the film merely average. Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Melissa Leo star.
Matt Reeves’ remake of the acclaimed 2008 Swedish horror film Let the Right One In 82 is one of 2010's few good horror films -- and one of the decade's few good horror remakes -- thanks to a compelling story and strong performances by young leads Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. You'll want to see the original too.
On paper, this science fiction-tinged drama about students at an unusual English boarding school had all the ingredients to be a major critical success: an intriguing director (Mark Romanek), a strong cast (Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield), and terrific source material (Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel). While the film did receive many positive reviews, it also turned out to be less than the sum of its parts, and was mostly ignored come awards season.
One of 2010's top documentaries, Amir Bar-Lev's feature investigates the friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of NFL player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
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Check It Out! with Steve Brule: Season 1 n/a Add to Netflix Queue
This more focused spin-off from Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! features a terrific John C. Reilly as dim-witted but well-meaning local television personality Steve Brule, who hosts his own low-budget, early-morning show in which he explores topics ranging from food to friendship.
A stressed-out teenager (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a local mental asylum, where he makes an unlikely friend (Zach Galifianakis) and falls for the other teenager in his ward (Emma Roberts). The generally well-reviewed film operates somewhere between comedy and drama, but irks some critics for getting too cutesy at times.
The first film that horror master Wes Craven both wrote and directed in 16 years, this formulaic thriller also happens to be one of his all-time worst movies.
Another family is plagued by a mysterious presence in their home in this surprisingly not terrible (but unsurprisingly less original) quickie sequel to the 2009 low-budget horror hit. By the way, it's now officially a franchise; the third Paranormal Activity will arrive in theaters this fall.
Even the many people who enjoyed Kristen Bell's work on Veronica Mars have learned that seeing her name in big letters on a movie poster is a warning to stay away. Only the second-worst of her three 2010 films, this comedy finds Bell playing a woman who finds herself battling her one-time high school nemesis once more as an adult. Not even a Betty White appearance can save the film.
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This solid action flick about a runaway freight train was a surprise hit last fall, scoring with both critics and moviegoers. Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and Rosario Dawson star for director Tony Scott.
Documentarian Davis Guggenheim, who explored global climate change in An Inconvenient Truth, tackles an even more daunting challenge in this award-winning 2010 film: reforming the dysfunctional American public education system.
Woody Allen returns to London for his most recent ensemble romantic comedy, which stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, and Naomi Watts. Critics did not feel it was one of the director's major works.
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Director Todd Phillips' follow-up to The Hangover was this less successful road trip comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. While it has its amusing moments, you may prefer to rent Planes, Trains, and Automobiles -- to which this movie was unfavorably compared -- instead.
A surly Tennessee hermit decides to throw himself a funeral party -- while he is still alive -- in this slow-building dramedy that features strong performances from Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek.
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This PG-rated animated comedy from DreamWorks centers on duelling supervillains, though in the battle of 2010 animated supervillain movies, Despicable Me wins by a nose. The vocal cast includes Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill.
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