With 2011 drawing to a close, we’re reflecting on our favorite movies of the year. These weren’t necessarily the objectively best thrillers and comedies; several will probably not garner Oscar nominations come January. But they’re the ones that had us talking, laughing, and quoting them for weeks afterwards—in some cases, we had to see them more than once.
Honorable Mentions: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was probably the most universally guilty-pleasure movie of the year, whether it was grown women on ladies’ nights sneaking in to the theater, bloggers like myself going ironically, or legit Beliebers. And even though almost everyone hated Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch, I thought it was a fun, violent, visually stunning story.
#10: Tanner Hall
I was describing this movie to someone at the B5 offices the other day and realized just how much I liked it: The timeless feeling that it could take place in any era even though you also have the classic boarding school outfits; seeing Rooney Mara before she blew up with The Social Network and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Tom Everett Scott as the family friend who takes a liking to young Rooney. Not to mention the fascinating alliances and pettiness that grows out of an insular atmosphere like Tanner Hall.