Nonstop Movies: Fab Five Films of 2011

It wasn’t a great year for original films. Rather, we saw even more sequels, prequels and remakes than ever. But despite an overall lack of originality, Hollywood did manage to produce some fine films in 2011, and some memorable performances as well. Here’s a look at my Fab Five Films of 2011.

Honorable Mention

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These films just missed the cut of getting into my Top 5.

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

Director Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law deliver a fantastic and fun sequel.

“War Horse”

Director Steven Spielberg goes old school with an old-fashioned tale of hope and loyalty. Yes, it’s a movie about a horse, and yes, it’s that good.


How can you not be romantic about baseball? Brad Pitt gives an understated, yet effective, performance as baseball general manager Billy Beane and is helped by a smart script by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

“Fast Five” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

Both are proof that it’s possible to revitalize an aging franchise. “Fast Five” is the most polished and exciting film of the series yet, and “Ghost Protocol” is nonstop thrills. I’m sure there will be more to come for both franchises and I can’t wait to watch them.