The Best Reviewed Movies of 2010

As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we’d compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic.

Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic’s review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews.

For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. But on Metacritic, Dragon has a 74% average with 33 reviews. Honestly, I like how Metacritic calculates the numbers, but their refusal to incorporate a larger sample of film critics puts them behind Rotten Tomatoes in my mind.

Hit the jump to find out what films ranked in the best reviewed films of the year.
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As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week, British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Hott Fuzz) filed his annual listing of the top five movies of 2010. Hit the jump to find out what movies made Wright’s list this year.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David ChenDevindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley defend their thoughts on 127 Hours, talk about when they’ve had to lie about movies, and explain what Battle Royale has in common with the original Star Wars. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

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68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, with announcements by Blair Underwood, Josh Duhamel, and Katie Holmes. The Social Network, The King’s Speech and The Fighter scored a handful of nods each. But where’s True Grit, which came up with nothing? If nothing else, walk away from this nomination list with the knowledge that The Fighter is a far stronger awards contender than anyone credited it with being just a couple weeks ago. The full list is after the break. Read More »

AFI’s Top 10 Movies and TV Shows of 2010

It’s that time of year again, when all of the critics societies and film organizations name their top 10 movies of the year. The American Film Institute have released their lists of the top 10 films and television shows of 2010. As with most of the lists AFI releases, the films are not numbered in any order, but instead just a compilation of “winners.” Hit the jump to find out which movies and television shows were chosen.

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VOTD: ’127 Seconds’

As people continue to pass out in theaters across the country watching the graphic, real life violence in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, it’s about time audiences fought back, right? Since the film is so brutal and serious, there’s no better way to do that than to make it a punchline an the comedy troupe Dr. Cool Sex did just that with 127 Seconds. Check out the video after the jump but, from the image above, I think you get the jist. Read More »

THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Actors Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Last month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and the Animators roundtable discussion between Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Today they have posted the actors roundtable, which features James Franco (127 Hours), Duvall (Get Low), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right). Here are the listed highlights:

James Franco admitted he hates a lot of his movies. Robert Duvall questioned David Fincher’s shooting style. And Ryan Gosling opened up about getting fired by Peter Jackson. It was an especially candid Hollywood Reporter Roundtable when six of the year’s most awards-worthy actors —  got together Nov. 5 at Siren Studios in Hollywood for an hourlong discussion.

It’s great to watch these amazing actors talk with each other about their craft. You can watch the entire one-hour long roundtable after the jump.

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In this mini-episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley review Danny Boyle‘s newest film, 127 Hours. Special guest Nathan Rabin joins us from AV Club. Check out Nathan’s newest book, My Year of Flops.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley try to get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine, discuss the place of Battle Royale in a “post-Saw” world, and wonder whether or not Tony Scott is stoppable. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club.

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The Hollywood Reporter has posted their one hour long discussion between 2010 Oscar contenders Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Wait a second, is Due Date really an Awards contender? I guess maybe for the Golden Globes Best Comedy/Musical category, but Phillips does seem like the odd man out in this list of screenwriters (and this is not a slam against Todd, I enjoy his movies). Seems like The Coen Brothers (True Grit), David Seidler (The King’s Speach) or Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go) might have been better choices considering the award-focus.

I’m always excited to watch THR’s series of discussions each year, but they usually only post the more interesting clips and not the entire chat. But this year they decided to post the entire thing. Hit the jump to watch the entire hour and seven minute-long discussion.
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