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This week the Reader presents its critics' year-end lists, including an alphabetical round-up of my ten favorite movies from 2010. I was reluctant to number them because they all seemed pretty damn good to me. But at the invitation of Film Comment, I submitted a numerical ballot for the year's top 20 films; it follows at the end of this post, should you care to peruse it.
I should note that one film on my list, Enter the Void, screens all week at Gene Siskel Film Center as part of that venue's annual roundup of critically acclaimed but little-seen films. You want to experience this one on a big screen, so chug that eggnog and get over there.
Also this week, we have Critic's Choice boxes for David O. Russell's boxing drama The Fighter, opening wide on Friday, and the classic Japanese chiller Kuroneko, screening Friday through Thursday at the Film Center. You can also find new reviews of How Do You Know, a romantic comedy by Broadcast News writer-director James L. Brooks; The King's Speech, a British historical drama starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush; The Tempest, an adaptation of Shakespeare's final play by Across the Universe director Julie Taymor; Tron: Legacy, a sequel to the pioneering CGI adventure Tron (which itself screens Wednesday 12/22 at Lincoln Hall); and You Won't Miss Me, an indie drama starring Stella Schnabel, daughter of the painter Julian Schnabel.
Best bets for repertory: Antonio Gaudi (1984), a documentary about the eponymous architect that's become a holiday perennial at Film Center; Films by Andy Warhol, a double bill of Face (1965), starring Edie Sedgwick, and The Velvet Underground in Boston (1967); and Facets Cinematheque's weekend retrospective on Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio, which includes his features Fists in the Pocket (Sat 12/18, 3 PM), The Conviction (Sat 12/18, 5 PM), and The Nanny (Sun 12/19, 3 PM).
Here are my 20 favorites from 2010: 1) Dogtooth; 2) Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno; 3) Please Give; 4) The Kids Are All Right; 5) Enter the Void; 6) Restrepo; 7) The Social Network; 8) Carlos; 9) Winter's Bone; 10) The Square; 11) Black Swan; 12) Cyrus; 13) Animal Kingdom; 14) Red Riding: 1974; 15) Leap Year; 16) I Am Love; 17) Mesrine: Killer Instinct; 18) Shutter Island; 19) The Oath; and 20) The Company Men (opened on the coasts this month to qualify for the Oscars; a Chicago release follows early next year).