The Tree of Life
My favorite movie of the year. This is the first Terrence Malick movie I've seen so far. I am ecstatic that special effects genius Douglass Trumbull was involved with this film. The beginning of the world scenes and great cinematography make this an incredibly beautiful film to watch in awe.
Director Duncan Jones is now 2 for 2 in my book. Source Code is not as good as Moon but its a great sci-fi thriller.
X-Men: First Class
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this one was. This was pretty much what I wanted out of an X-Men movie as it seems like that took the best parts of the planned Magneto movie and retooled it into this film. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which supposedly will involve the Kennedy assassination!
Captain America: The First Avenger
I wrote a long post on Captain America after I got to see it at an advance screening! I plan on re-watching it (and all the Marvel Studios movies) before The Avengers comes out next year so we'll see if my opinion of it changes.
Winnie the Pooh
Disney can still make great animated features if they try. The running time could have been longer but I'd rather a great short feature than a longer one that is mediocre.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Harry Potter movie series ends with a bang. I still feel it was an unnecessary cash grab to release the final film in two parts though. I have a feeling that this won will win an Oscar simply because no Harry Potter film has done so even though it doesn't really deserve one. How about a special achievement award for making a series of 8 films with (mostly) the same actors and no true clunker?
The Adjustment Bureau
Philip K. Dick goes mainstream (yet again) but unlike some recent adaptations (Next) this different sort of interpretation works. I don't know why they had to change the title of the short story it is based on though. What is wrong with "The Adjustment Team"?
The Muppets are back after a over ten year hiatus! Not one of the best Muppet movies but certainly a good one and a worthy entry in the series. Humor is subjective but I found it quite funny.
J.J. Abrams loves his lens flare! Although influenced by early Spielberg I saw more Stand by Me here than E.T. While this wasn't one of my top favorites of the year I quite liked it and would like to see more movies like this being made, just with less CGI.
I liked but didn't love this when I first saw it back in May. It's the worst of the Marvel Studios movies thus far but not bad as there are far worse comic books movies out there.
Stylish directing from Neil Burger and solid acting save a film from its generic plot. I've heard the book this movie is based on is quite different (I haven't read it) so I won't blame the author. Overall Limitless is a mixed bag that manged to be a surprising success. I'm looking forward to Burger's future film projects; at the moment he is attached to direct a movie based on the video game Uncharted.