Monitor film critic, Peter Rainer, remembers the hundreds of movies he watched in 2011, and highlights his favorites ... and some he thought were overrated.
Directed by Angelina Jolie, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' doesn't flinch from its harrowing portrayal of the Bosnian conflict as seen through the relationship of a Muslim woman and a Serb officer.
Wrenching and at times exploitive, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' takes on 9/11 events as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy.
In 'We Bought a Zoo,' Matt Damon plays a widower with two kids who takes an unconventional approach to turning his life around.
In 'War Horse,' Steven Spielberg brings his trademark storytelling to this somewhat sentimental tale of a boy and a horse he loves and loses.
From young love to a documentary on capital punishment, here are the 10 movies that wowed Monitor film critic Peter Rainer at the multiplex this year
Steven Spielberg brings Tintin to the big screen in this action-packed adventure, more highflying than its staid comic-book hero.
A second take on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' David Fincher's movie comes across as oddly unoriginal.
'Corman's World' document how, in his own scrappy way, Roger Corman launched the careers of dozens of filmmakers.
Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and his team go rogue in the latest 'Mission Impossible' escapade, 'Ghost Protocol,' one of the best in the series.
Robert Downey Jr. recaps his leading role in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' the franchises second installment.
Adapted from an award-winning play, 'Carnage' takes two couples, poles apart, and let’s them at it.
Le Carré’s brilliant spy novel ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ is reimagined for the big screen.
‘Young Adult’ is a character study of childishness and cynicism in middle age.
Jonah Hill plays a reluctant baby sitter to three nightmarish children in the scatologically-challenged 'The Sitter,' one movie worth sitting out.
Set in New York City, 'New Year's Eve' has a superstar cast but a shopworn string of interlocking stories.
How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? The charming English animation 'Arthur Christmas' has the answer.
'Under Fire' is sometimes difficult to watch, but addresses the essential questions raised by the high death rate of journalists in war zones.
Werner Herzog's 'Into the Abyss' takes a fair-minded look at capital punishment – why people and the state kill.
The story of a young French girl passing for a boy sometimes comes off as too warm and fuzzy, but does have some interesting moments.
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