So – if the movie year had ended June 30 and we had to choose the best films of 2011 from the releases that hit American screens since Jan. 1, which ones would make the cut?
My list is below: the 10 best films of the first half of 2011.
But an even more intriguing question: Which of the films that make this list will still be under consideration at year’s end? I’ve got my favorites but, of course, it depends on what the post-Labor Day crop is like. Here goes:
1. Incendies: How did this movie NOT win the Oscar as best foreign film instead of In a Better World? Shakespearean in its sweep, Greek in its primal tragedy, this film blended a gut-wrenching family story with the horrors of war and fate. It won’t be Oscar-eligible – but it will wind up on year-end 10-best lists.
2. Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen’s wonderfully clever ode to Paris in the 1920s was, at the same time, a witty indictment of nostalgia as a blinkered approach to life.
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