2011 had it’s fair share of awful films. To help you weed through the muck of Hollywood trash, we’ve sifted through our archives to see which films stood out the most in Movieology’s reviews. Here are the best of the best films that we evaluated during 2011. While we may not have seen every film, we did our best to catch all the potential “greats.”
Movieology fans are quite a unique breed. We checked to see which films mattered most to you over the course of 2011 (statistically speaking). Here are the top five films that garnered the most reads and comments from our website’s visitors. Some of the films here you might not expect since they were not necessarily great films! So why do they appear to be so relevant to us?
‘Mission: Impossible’ baffles your mind with it’s larger-than-life daring do’s by the indefatigable spy of the IMF, Ethan Hunt. In this tall tale, he’s up against Russian terrorists that will stop at nothing to destroy mankind. “Oh, my goodness!” So does ‘Ghost Protocol’ prove yet again that there really isn’t such a thing as ‘the impossible’ for these secret agents? Is director Brad Bird’s debut to live-action filmmaking live up to his roster of family-oriented animated films? Find out now on Movieology!
‘J. Edgar’ sorely disappointed Clint Eastwood’s fans and critics alike. Oddly enough, however, it still has received praise and awards in spite of itself. Many believe it will still be lauded at the Academy Awards and receive multiple nominations. Is this justifiable? Are the critics and audiences out of their minds for not giving honor to this art where it is due? Or is the truth as complicated and nefarious as this latest film with a homosexual agenda? Find out now on Movieology!
The Muppets are back to the cinema after twelve long agonizing years for fans that withstood the brunt in the interim of terrible, terrible, terrible Muppet telefilms. The Muppet gang (along with Disney) are trying to bring back their former glory. Can guest celebrity appearances and a big budget turn the tide? Will ‘The Muppets’ be recognized as a sensational, celebrational, muppetational movie by old and new fans? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Hugo’ is the astonishing adventures of a boy who lives in a Paris train station, and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop there. Hugo Cabret is a wily and resourceful lad whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him to reveal a secret and loving place he can call home.
‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ is the fourth installment of the ‘Twilight Saga’, a love story involving an out-of-place teenage girl and her “vegetarian” vampire love interest. Does this series donate fresh blood to the tired vampire mythos, or is it merely a sappy melodrama intent on sucking your will to live? Find out now on Movieology!
The cat that needs no introduction, Puss in Boots, is back (from the ‘Shrek’ film series) with a movie adventure of his own! The story is his rise to legendary status as a criminal, hero, and “the furry lover.” The friendship that turns rotten between Puss and Humpty Dumpty is loaded with themes of loyalty and betrayal as they seek to find mercy and justice together. Is this spinoff family flick purrrrfect? Or is it worthy of the litter box? Find out now on Movieology!
Dancing, loud music, and rebellious teenagers. The 2011 remake of a 1984 classic is on the schedule for today. Footloose is back after a 27-year hiatus. But does it succeed? Is it worth seeing? Find out on this week’s Movieology…
Under-handed backstabbing, hypocrisy, intrigue, and blackmail. These are not vices — they’re just standard politics. Ryan Gosling is put through the ringer trying to do everything to keep one scandal after another under wraps and away from the press in the Mike Morris campaign. But can he do this without crossing the line in the sand? How does the ‘The Ides of March’ challenge all of our credences with earnest drama? Is this just another liberal spin on truth, justice, and the American way? Find out now on Movieology!
The trailer for ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ wowed Christians with it’s explosive action and obvious religious themes. But does the actual film deliver as an edifying and uplifting tale of compassion? or is it merely a overbearing symposium of ‘Machine Gun Preachiness?’ Find out right now, on Movieology!
‘Courageous’ is the fourth film from the increasingly well-funded Sherwood Pictures, the team that brought you ‘Facing the Giants’ and ‘Fireproof’. If you listen to audiences, this is the greatest Christian movie ever made. But critics seem almost as unanimously to wish this cop drama had exercised its right to remain silent. Why the disconnect? Find out now on Movieology!
Based on a true story, ‘Moneyball’ is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. it features a stellar cast, and a relatable subject matter, but does this film knock it out of the park? or does it strike out with runners in scoring position? Ah…baseball metaphors. Find out right now, on Movieology!
‘Seven Days in Utopia’ is played to be a golfer’s journey into the heart and soul of the game. Golfing can be fun (so they say) and this film wants to show us how it reflects the game of life. Utopia is not an imaginary place, but a part of our world that few people — let alone sports enthusiasts — ever get to experience. Robert Duvall plays an astute retired golfer that can teach the young and misled golfer wannabe a thing or two about life. So does this work? Or are we left wishing we had instead gone to see ‘The Lion King’ in 3D? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Warrior’ promises to deliver the drama of sibling rivalry coupled with action packed spectacle of MMA fighting. Driven by family values, these two brothers have the unlikely dilemma of fighting each other in the cage. Does this film take home the championship belt? Or is it left KO’d, lying face down on the mat, beaten within an inch of its life? Find out with Stew on Movieology!
International spies, political intrigue, deadly secrets, and harrowing action… these are startling and compelling qualities for the American version of the Israeli film called ‘The Debt’. Does this dark film addressing controversial political topics shed light on moral absolutes like truth and justice? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Apollo 18′ is a top secret NASA mission that promises to provide an explanation for why we stopped going to the moon. This film is not approved by NASA since it sends the message NASA and the D.O.D. are the bad guys (conspiracy theorists, take note). Made to appear as a documentary, the filmmakers did all they could to sell its historical authenticity. Is this film an engaging mash-up of fictional elements and historical facts? Or will viewers walk away thinking “Houston, we have a problem.” Find out right now, on Movieology!
‘The Help’ deals with racial tensions and prejudices during the eve of the civil rights movement. But is this movie just another presentation of stereotyped characters or does it portray genuine human emotion? In an attempt to present a well-rounded depiction of the tension, does the humor in the film balance out the darker drama? Dr. Gary DeMar as a guest reviews this film on today’s Movieology.