Best Films of 2010

With 2020 films on hold, let’s take a look at great films from 10 years ago …


  1. Inception – This “dreamworld” action fantasy features amazing filmmaking skills on all levels – music, acting, direction, special effects, and a knockout plot that demands audience attention all the way through. mysterious action fantasy starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Ken Watanbe, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Director/screenwriter/producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) solidifies his filmmaking stature with another huge hit.
  2. Toy Story 3 – A classic ending to the classic toy crew of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, piggy bank Ham, dog Slink, dinosaur Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, and Woody’s faithful horse Bullseye plus some new friends. Audiences know the title says it all. A story about toys, simple as it seems. Pixar filmmakers continue to stretch their considerable talents while walking a fine line between the positive and negative aspects of having toys come to life. The animation, characters, and story are equal to the film’s 1995 and 1999 predecessors produced by Pixar Studios.
  3. True Grit – Jeff Bridges stars in the lead role in this remake of the 1969 western that originally starred John Wayne. Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld heads the cast that also includes Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper. The Coen Brothers direct and Steven Spielberg produces.
  4. Social Network – Fast pace, outstanding dialogue keeps this partial Facebook founder biopic popping from start to finish. Jeese Eisenberg continues great work in intelligent roles as Mark Zuckerberg takes his social Internet idea from college to big business. David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) directs and Aaron Sorkin writes the screenplay.
  5. King’s Speech-A British acting powerhouse…yet again. Colin Firth’s performance as Queen Elizabeth II’s dad, King George VI enhances this uplifting biopic drama as he works to overcome his speech impediment thanks to a specialist named Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, who is also getting some deserved acting notice along with co-star Helena Bonham Carter.
  6. The Town – Ben Affleck solidifies his directing career with this gritty crime drama about a bank-robbing team. Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, and the late Pete Postelwaithe also star.
  7. Red – Another powerhouse cast with British acting legend Helen Mirren as a vital part of an expert operative team that also includes unique characters played by Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Bruce Willis. Great action and very entertaining.
  8. Despicable MeSteve Carell headlines an all-star voice cast in this animated action comedy about supervillains battling each other for world supremacy. Definitely the funniest movie of the year.
  9. Green Zone – Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass team up again this action/drama set during the beginning of the Iraqi War. The authentic-looking environment obviously involved some special effects work, but it is amazingly well blended and executed. Every scene looks realistic, giving audiences an unprecedented view of Iraq during this major war.
  10. Get Low – Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, and Sissy Spacek star in this comedy/drama about a recluse who lived in the Tennessee woodlands for 40 years.
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