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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

2011’s films ranked

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2011. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2011 unless otherwise noted.

green light worth paying multiplex prices for

The Artist (11.28/11.23/12.30)
The Descendants (10.20/11.18/01.27.12)
Midnight in Paris (09.03/05.20/10.07)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (10.17/12.09/10.21)
Rango (02.27/03.04/03.04)
Rubber (04.13/04.01/04.08)
Albert Nobbs (11.20/12.21/04.27.12)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (7.29/08.05/08.12)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (10.03/10.21/02.03.12)
Shame (10.14/12.02/01.13.12)
Coriolanus (10.27/Dec/01.20.12)
Snowtown (11.01/03.02.12/11.18)
Dreams of a Life (12.12/08.03.12/12.16)
The Ides of March (10.06/10.07/10.28)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (09.06/12.09/09.16)
Beginners (07.19/06.03/07.22)
Red State (10.01/03.05/09.30)
Captain America: The First Avenger (07.25/07.22/07.29)
X-Men: First Class (05.24/06.03/06.01)
War Horse (11.30/12.25/01.13.12)
Pariah (01.30.12/12.28/Uk release TBA)
The Adjustment Bureau (03.01/03.04/03.04)
Trollhunter (01.10/06.10/09.09)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12.16/12.16/12.26)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (12.15.10/04.29/03.25)
Four Days Inside Guantanamo (10.04/09.28/10.07)
Cedar Rapids (04.12/02.11/04.29)
Into the Abyss (10.22/11.11/03.30.12)
Rampart (01.12.12/11.23/02.10)
50/50 (10.14/09.30/11.25)
Take Shelter (10.26/09.30/11.25)
Puss in Boots (11.13/10.28/12.09)
The Muppets (12.22/11.23/02.10.12)
The Interrupters (12.30/07.29/08.12)
The Help (08.04/08.10/10.28)
Warrior (09.15/09.09/09.23)
A Separation (12.30/12.30/07.01)
Happy Feet Two (11.21/11.18/12.02)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (12.28/12.23/UK release TBA)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (12.11/12.16/12.16)
Jane Eyre (09.14/03.11/09.09)
A Lonely Place to Die (09.06/11.11/09.07)
Win Win (05.16/03.18/05.20)
Sarah’s Key (07.25/07.22/08.05)
The Way (05.09/10.07/05.13)
Paul (02.02/03.18/02.14)
Meek’s Cutoff (03.22/04.08/04.15)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (07.12/07.15/07.15)
We Have a Pope (11.03/04.06.12/12.02)
The Iron Lady (11.22/12.30/01.06.12)
Contagion (10.21/09.09/10.21)
Mademoiselle Chambon (09.16/05.28.10/09.23)
The Guard (07.21/07.29/08.19)
Drive (09.08/09.16/09.23)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (09.16/09.30/09.23)
Young Adult (11.23/12.09/02.10.12)
The Debt (09.07/08.31/09.30)
Blooded (03.22/US release TBA/04.01)
Life in a Day (06.06/07.24/06.17)
Oranges and Sunshine (03.28/10.21/04.01)
Third Star (05.17/US release TBA/05.20)
Tower Heist (10.12/11.04/11.02)
Page One: Inside A Year Inside The New York Times (09.16/06.17/09.23)
Bobby Fischer Against the World (07.11/06.06/07.15)
Life, Above All (03.23/07.15/05.27)
Project Nim (08.04/07.08/08.12)
A Better Life (02.21.12/06.24/07.29)
The First Grader (05.31/05.13/06.24)
Brighton Rock (01.31/08.26/02.04)
Ironclad (02.07/07.08/03.04)
Fright Night (07.06/08.19/09.02)
Forget Me Not (04.27/US release TBA/05.06)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (03.02/direct to DVD/04.22)
Killing Bono (03.28/11.04/04.01)
Stake Land (06.01/04.22/06.17)
Moneyball (11.22/09.23/11.25)
Arthur Christmas (10.09/11.23/11.11)
Friends with Benefits (08.02/07.22/09.09)
The Eagle (03.21/02.11/03.23)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (12.19/12.25/02.17.12)
Trust (07.01/04.01/07.08)
Attack the Block (04.26/07.29/5.13)
Everything Must Go (10.06/05.13/10.14)
My Week with Marilyn (11.22/11.23/11.25)
Insidious (04.07/04.01/04.29)
A Screaming Man (04.27/04.13/05.13)
Priest (05.06/05.13/05.06)
The Lady (12.19/12.12/12.30)
Just Do It (07.11/US release TBA/07.15)
Super 8 (06.14/06.10/08.19)
Justice (11.18/03.16.12/11.18)
Thor (04.19/05.06/04.27)
Hobo with a Shotgun (05.07/05.06/07.15)
The Light Thief (07.26/US release TBA/07.29)
Bad Teacher (06.02/06.24/06.17)
R: Hit First, Hit Hardest (08.23/US release TBA/08.26)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (03.08/02.24.12/04.08)
The Lincoln Lawyer (03.18/03.18/03.18)
Like Crazy (10.27/10.28/02.03.12)
Chalet Girl (03.14/10.14/03.16)
Point Blank (06.06/07.29/06.10)
Battle: Los Angeles (03.11/03.11/03.11)
The Green Hornet (01.07/01.14/01.14)
Water for Elephants (05.03/04.22/05.04)
Machine Gun Preacher (11.03/09.23/11.02)
Orgasm Inc. (02.09/02.11/UK release TBA)
His & Hers (03.04/10.14/03.11)
Donor Unknown (06.09/US release TBA/06.03)
The Woman (09.14/10.14/09.30)
Immortals (10.25/11.11/11.11)
The Awakening (10.03/08.10.12/11.11)
Everywhere and Nowhere (04.11/US release TBA/05.06)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (11.01/07.15/11.04)
Flying Monsters (04.20/10.07/05.06)
After the Apocalypse (05.06/US release TBA/05.13)
Johnny English Reborn (09.18/10.28/10.07)
Real Steel (10.07/10.07/10.14)
The Big Year (11.28/10.14/12.02)
Sanctum 3D (01.27/02.04/02.04)
The Lion King in 3D (10.04/09.16/10.07)

yellow light worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

Carnage (12.16/12.16/02.03.12)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (12.13/12.20/12.26)
Margin Call (02.21.12/10.21/01.13.12)
Weekend (10.15/09.23/11.04)
Another Earth (11.15/07.22/12.09)
Tyrannosaur (08.08/11.18/10.07)
Carancho (01.16.12/02.11/03.02.12)
Kill List (08.30/02.03.12/09.02)
A Dangerous Method (10.24/11.23/02.10.12)
Margaret (12.05/09.30/12.02)
In Time (10.28/10.28/11.01)
Hugo (11.28/11.23/12.02)
We Bought a Zoo (12.27/12.23/03.16.12)
Fireflies in the Garden (10.12/10.14/05.29.2009)
Cowboys & Aliens (08.10/07.29/08.17)
Horrible Bosses (07.14/07.08/07.22)
Treacle Jr. (07.11/US release TBA/07.15)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (06.01/05.26/06.10)
Super (05.02/04.01/07.08)
Submarine (03.10/06.03/03.18)
The Rum Diary (11.15/10.28/11.11)
J. Edgar (11.09/11.09/01.20.12)
Larry Crowne (06.27/07.01/07.01)
Arrietty (aka The Secret World of Arrietty) (07.26/02.17.12/07.29)
Rio (03.27/04.15/04.08)
Winnie the Pooh (03.06/07.15/04.15)
Vanishing on 7th Street (02.17/02.18/UK release TBA)
Limitless (03.10/03.18/03.23)
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (10.16/12.21/10.26)
Miss Bala (10.28/01.20.12/10.28)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (05.09/05.18/05.18)
The Conspirator (06.28/04.15/07.01)
Resistance (11.03/US release TBA/11.25)
No Strings Attached (02.14/01.21/02.25)
Hanna (04.05/04.08/05.06)
Prom (05.08/04.29/06.03)
Wuthering Heights (11.07/10.05.12/11.11)
The Deep Blue Sea (11.14/03.23.12/11.25)
Mars Needs Moms (03.13/03.11/04.08)
The Devil’s Double (07.26/07.29/08.12)
A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (03.07/US release TBA/03.25)
Lord of the Dance 3D (03.03/03.17/03.13)
Honey 2 (06.06/August/06.10)

red light give it a miss

One Day (08.22/08.19/08.24)
Bridesmaids (05.10/05.13/06.24)
Miral (04.24/03.25/12.03.10)
Certified Copy (12.30/03.11/09.03)
I Don’t Know How She Does It (09.14/09.16/09.14)
The Art of Getting By (08.30/06.17/09.02)
Arthur (04.14/04.08/04.22)
Age of the Dragons (02.24/US release TBA/03.04)
Restless (10.17/09.16/10.21)
Source Code (03.15/04.01/04.01)
You Instead (08.31/US release TBA/09.16)
Conan the Barbarian (08.22/08.19/08.24)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (07.27/06.17/08.05)
The Beaver (06.13/05.06/06.17)
Red Riding Hood (04.20/03.11/04.15)
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (10.04/08.26/10.07)
Shark Night 3D (10.01/09.02/09.30)
Scream 4 (04.17/04.15/04.15)
Footloose (10.11/10.14/10.14)
Colombiana (09.05/08.26/09.09)
Killer Elite (09.20/09.23/09.23)
The Resident (03.07/direct to DVD in the US/03.11)
The Rite (02.17/01.28/02.25)
Julia’s Eyes (05.16/US release TBA/05.20)
I Am Number Four (02.10/02.18/02.23)
Apollo 18 (09.02/09.02/9.02)
30 Minutes or Less (08.13/08.12/10.16)
Fast Five (04.18/04.29/04.21)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (12.03/12.16/12.16)
The Thing (11.28/10.14/12.02)
Final Destination 5 (08.23/08.12/08.26)
Straw Dogs (11.01/09.16/11.04)
Blitz (05.17/direct to DVD in the US/05.20)
A Little Bit of Heaven (02.04/05.04.12/02.04)
Gnomeo & Juliet (02.08/02.11/02.11)
Unknown (02.23/02.18/03.04)
Season of the Witch (01.05/01.07/01.07)
The Dilemma (01.11/01.14/01.21)
Hall Pass (03.03/02.25/03.11)
John Carpenter’s The Ward (01.21/07.08/01.21)
The Hangover Part II (05.31/05.26/05.26)
Just Go with It (02.11/02.11/02.11)
Take Me Home Tonight (05.09/03.04/05.13)
Abduction (09.20/09.23/09.28)
Green Lantern (06.15/06.17/06.17)
The Change-Up (08.15/08.05/09.16)
Zookeeper (07.12/07.08/07.29)
The Sitter (01.16.12/12.09/01.20.12)
Swinging with the Finkels (06.10/08.26/06.17)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (02.15/02.18/02.16)
Island (03.14/US release TBA/04.22)
Powder (08.22/US release TBA/08.26)
Beastly (04.20/3.04/04.18)
The Mechanic (01.25/01.28/01.28)
The Smurfs (07.17/07.29/08.10)
Hop (03.20/04.01/04.01)
Cars 2 (06.26/06.24/07.22)
Something Borrowed (05.07/05.06/05.06)
What’s Your Number? (09.30/09.30/09.30)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (11.18/11.18/11.18)
The Darkest Hour (01.09.12/12.25/01.13.12)
Jack and Jill (02.09.12/11.11/02.03.12)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (06.27/06.29/06.29)
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (12.06/11.04/12.09)
The Tree of Life (07.04/05.27/07.08)
Anonymous (10.21/10.28/10.28)
W.E. (01.10.12/12.09/01.20.12)
Your Highness (03.29/04.08/04.13)
Drive Angry 3D (02.11/02.25/02.25)
The Three Musketeers (10.11/10.21/10.12)
Paranormal Activity 3 (10.20/10.21/10.19)
New Year’s Eve (12.05/12.09/12.08)
Sleeping Beauty (10.11/12.02/10.14)
Sucker Punch (03.25/03.25/04.01)
Melancholia (10.03/11.11/09.30)
The Skin I Live In (08.23/10.14/08.26)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (08.16/08.19/08.19)
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (10.28/10.07/11.04)
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (08.17/08.12/09.02)


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  • i like your list mj :)

  • Kate

    No mention of The Help.  No review?  I’m interested in your opinion on this one. 

  • I had *The Help* listed under “my reaction gagged” when you posted this. I was under embargo. My review is up now, here.

  • Mzo79

    No review of The Muppets?

  • jermsguy

    Interesting.  You’re the first person I’ve seen be that down on Melancholia.

  • Man, I hate it when I watch a movie, then come here to read your take on it, and see that you never reviewed it. I just watched War Horse last night and am shocked  that you never reviewed it. Apparently, you liked it a bit more then I did, as you ranked it pretty high for 2011. Hmph.
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