The Best and Worst Movies of 2011 - So FarPeter Travers ranks the Oscar chances of 'Bridesmaids,' 'The Tree of Life' and more
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Best Picture: Popcorn Movies
There's no room for even the better popcorn movies:
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids
Though the laughs are hit-and-miss, Bridesmaids lucks out in director Paul Feig (The Office, Nurse Jackie), who has the gift of letting scenes play out just long enough to be both hilarious and heartfelt.
Duncan Jones' Source Code
Working from a tight script by Ben Ripley, Jones creates scary, hairy, high-octane tension. Disbelief? Suspended, until the logic lapses kick in later. It's a small price to pay for a ride that starts at wild and accelerates from there.
Neil Burger's Limitless
Limitless is a potent provocation for the Age of Adderall. It's a wet dream for anyone who's ever dreamed of getting an edge on the information highway. The worst side effect is that you won't believe a word of the damn thing in the morning. Fair exchange.
Brad Furman's The Lincoln Lawyer
This is rock-solid entertainment. Matthew McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise. More, please. Soon.
J.J. Abrams' Super 8
What happens when a kid with a camera finds reality rocketing beyond his eeriest alien fantasies? For answers, catch Super 8, a retro monster mash with a child's heart, a prodigy's unstoppable imagination and FX dazzle to spare.
Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class
In this cheerfully perverse origin tale of Magneto, Professor X and their mutant team, Vaughn delivers a fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act.