Top 10 Movies of 2011
Caesar makes 'Planet of the Apes' one of the winners: Dana Stevens
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Director Cindy Meehl and Buck Brannaman pose for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Film critic Dana Stevens of Slate is out with her top-10 list for the year, though she says that pickings were generally slim in 2011. A sampling:

  • Buck: This documentary by Cindy Meehl about Buck Brannaman, the real-life inspiration for the Horse Whisperer, includes an encounter with a nasty stallion and its owner that "made for some of the year's most affecting unscripted drama."
  • Certified Copy: Abbas Kiarostami's film starring Juliette Binoche "is an insoluable puzzle of a movie about the insoluble puzzle of love." In other words, plan on two viewings.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Yeah, much was typical blockbuster fare, but things changed whenever Caesar, played by Andy Sirkis in a motion-capture suit, came on screen. It "definitively established the mo-cap technique as an exciting new art form." Plus, the Golden Gate Bridge scene was terrific.
  • Tree of Life: Not everything worked, but the middle part focusing on a Waco childhood "felt like a rediscovery (or maybe a reinvention) of what cinema was made to do."
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