20. 'The Yards'
Director James Gray's moody crime drama, about a young ex-con who struggles not to be drawn into the corrupt ways of his uncle's shady train empire, is a messy, beautiful movie – an unusually melancholy gangster flick. Wahlberg is initially quite touching, his voice reduced to such a wounded whisper that you may find yourself leaning in to hear his lines. He eventually overdoes the morose, submerged protagonist bit; he starts off conflicted, but winds up looking confounded. The actor's later collaboration with Gray, We Own the Night, would prove to be infinitely more successful.