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?
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!
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!
‘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!
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!
‘Spy Kids 4’ promises action-packed family togetherness and out of this world aromas with the Aromascope. ‘Part 4’ introduces a whole new family of spies with unique family shortcomings and ambitions, but is the new spy family a welcome refresh to the otherwise silly continuation of this movie’s franchise? Find out now on Movieology!
Based on the works of Belgian comic strip artist Peyo, ‘The Smurfs’ are back for the first time since their cartoon show in the 1980’s. Hollywood has lacked a good comedy this summer season, so does this live action/computer animation hybrid make audiences want to sing a joyful chorus of la-la-las? Or will viewers leave the theater feeling blue? …in a bad way. Stewart gives you the world-view of the little blue people in this latest episode of Movieology.
Fiction was ambling along on his way to the movies, when Well-meaning Christian stepped out of the woods with a Condemnation Machine. Fiction was very afraid, but thankfully had a copy of the Bible in his back pocket. After reading some parables and poetic images in his defense, he felt safe from harm, until Well-meaning Christian pulled out a subtlety adapter +1 and attached it to his condemnation machine. Well-meaning Christian pointed the newly accessorized weapon at Fiction’s cousin, Fantasy. Well-meaning Christian would take no excuses from Fiction. He wanted Fantasy to speak for himself. When we left, Fantasy was poised to give a reason for his existence, but then the narrator abruptly concluded the episode, leaving Fantasy in a pitiable whirlpool of anxiety… Until now!
Autobots roll in for yet another box office smash hit. Audiences are thrilled with yet another bazaar of tantalizing thrills that exploit most everything known to man. The exploits—whether they be heart-pounding action violence or Victoria’s Secret-like sexuality—seem to have a spell-binding effect. Regardless of whether or not this attack on the senses works for mass audience appeal, is Michael Bay’s film anything more than hype over visual bombardment? Find out right now on Movieology!
‘Super 8’ is a modern homage to the old Spielberg films. J.J. Abrams rises to the occasion to give us his best effort to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, along the way giving ‘Super 8’ his own special flare. Praised highly by audiences and critics alike, one wonders if our childhood favorites have been honored while still keeping with the interests of a whole new generation of moviegoers. Is this sci-fi adventure the E.T. for a new generation? or is this movie a cinematic train wreck? Find out right now, on Movieology.
‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ lives up to the hype of its predecessor, but does it have redemptive value that transcends the comical relief and action? Kung fu martial arts are filled with pagan mystical ideals, so does this movie reflect those values? Stewart Adams reveals the not-so subtle messages and worldview issues at play in this latest Dreamworks Animation film in this review from Movieology!
Most moviegoers pick and choose films they’ll see in theaters from the influence movie trailers and marketing. So what are the movie critics there for? With so many secular critics out there providing every imaginable point of view on films, why is it we don’t thoughtfully consider their take on movies before spending money at the box office? Joseph Darnell continues to interview Clark Douglas on these issues and more in this episode of Movieology!
All great movies are stories of redemption. Why redemption in movies matters is because it relates to something about how we should live; the way we view the world and things like right and wrong are embedded in the redemption of stories. Joseph shows you how to identify one crucial element of a redemptive story: […]
“Soul Surfer” has made a splash amongst Christian audiences. While some are deeming it the best Christian film in ages, others see it has watered down secularized rubbish. Has Hollywood delivered a real spiritual journey in the life of famed surfer Bethany Hamilton, or are we presented with a flick that mars the Christian message? […]
The Civil War didn’t end when Robert E. Lee surrendered to the north. Well, not for some southerners. After President Lincoln was assassinated, Yanks brought the conspirators to court for trial. Among the convicted: Mary Surratt. What became of her? Did the northern court give the southerners a fair trial? “The Conspirator” movie by Robert […]