10. Anvil! The story of Anvil
The story is about the Canadian metal band Anvil. At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudrow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Being hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal, Anvil influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, despite never hitting it big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The Story of Anvil is a must-see for everyone who likes true life stories of hardship, disappointment, dreams and success.
Coraline Jones ( Dakota Fanning ) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door beyond which lies a parallel world, very similar to hers- only better. But when her adventure turns dangerous and her counterfeit parents ( including Other Mother ) force her to stay with them forever, she must find a way to get back home. The film combines stunning visuals with good old-fashioned storytelling that is funny, inventive and at times scary.
8. District 9
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. District 9 fuses science fiction mayhem and biting social commentary as well as any film since Starship Troopers.
7. In the loop
The US president and the UK president fancy a war in the middle-east. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. Written and directed by British comedy kingpin Armando Iannucci, he keeps the story moving at a breakneck speed that never bores and always amuses.
In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Sidibe is simply wonderful as the beleaguered Precious who has the odds stacked against her (as a teenager, she has two children out of wedlock), and yet she exudes a hopefulness and independence at the end that will lift your spirits
5. Up in the air
With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him. Through all the comedy is a timely undercurrent of melancholy, embodied in montages of nameless people reacting to the news of their firing. I admire this tactic, and it improves the film tremendously.
4. A Serious Man
A black comedy drama centered on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel through multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking for meaning and answers he seems to stay stalled. A Serious Man is more than just a great Coen Brothers comedy—it’s also a great comedy about Judaism, one that perfectly captures the complex mixture of misery, absurdity and self-doubt that defines Jewish humor.
3. An Education
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. An Education is an absorbing character study and an evocative exploration of womanhood as embodied by the finest young actress to come along this year.
2. Star Trek
A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.Exciting, captivating and thrilling with eye-popping special effects. It’s an exhilarating rush of adrenaline that will please Star Trek fans old and new.
By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.
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