THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2010

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1. True Grit   2. Winning Time: Reggie Miller Vs. The New York Knicks   3. The Social Network   4. Black Swan   5. And Everything Is Going Fine   6. Blue Valentine   7. Exit Through The Gift Shop   8. Rabbit Hole   9. Carlos   10. Toy Story 3 Philadelphia Weekly, 12/29/2010

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RABBIT HOLE

Rabbit Hole

Sharply attuned to the peculiarity of extreme emotion, those times when even the most hurtful interactions can turn inexplicably amusing; it’s a much funnier movie than you’d expect. Devoid of pat resolutions and group hugs, the film wisely understands that grief is mysterious, ending on an uncertain note with hard-earned glimmers of hope.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/22/2010

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TRUE GRIT

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“They’re simply telling the story in the same matter-of-fact manner of Mattie’s narration, a choice that pays off beautifully in an epilogue that’s both deeply moving and entirely unexpected. Like most of the Coen brothers’ movies, this one really opens up on a second viewing.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/22/2010

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TINY FURNITURE

Tiny Furniture

“Eschewing the easy lessons of many coming-of-age stories, Dunham leaves the film deliberately unresolved, closing on a throwaway gesture of hilarious laziness. We’re left unsure if Aura is ever going to get her shit together and become an adult, but judging from Tiny Furniture Dunham will grow up to be one hell of a filmmaker.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/15/2010

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THE KING’S SPEECH

The King's Speech

“There’s a certain brand of veddy, veddy British import, usually well-regarded amongst Oscar voters, that I find almost impossible to get excited about. These tend to be popular holiday diversions with little lasting shelf life. If you disagree, answer me this: When was the last time you watched (or thought about) Shakespeare in Love ?” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/15/2010

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THE TEMPEST

The Tempest

“Julie Taymor has a theater director’s eye for how movies work. This is not a compliment. The Tempest’s most striking innovation turns out to be a non-starter. Prospero is now Prospera, played by Helen Mirren, but there’s shockingly little insight or commentary gained by the gender swap. Mirren just kind of acts like a dude in drag.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/15/2010

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