10. The Karate Kid – The 2010 The Karate Kid may have been a remake of the 1984 flick, and it certainly made a lot of grumpy people whine about ‘ruining a good thing,’ but it wasÂ the movie that introduced us to Jaden Smith! Will Smith’s little big-earned man plays Dre Parker, who takes the teachings of his buddy Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) to acclimate himself in a new country. We laughed, we cried, we cheered for the Fresh Prince’s mini-me…it was great!
9. Paranormal Activity 2 – It’s not a good year unless there’s a movie that makes you jump out of your seat in the theater, sleep with the lights on and pee your pants. Paranormal Activity 2, the follow-up to the 2007 Paranormal Activity that was actually a prequel, gave us a look at the events leading up to the death of Katie’s man Micah. We were scared s—less when we got Â very close look at possession and things going bump in the night. Oh, and this one had a dog and a baby, so you can’t go wrong there.
8. Toy Story 3 - When you team up Disney and Pixar, you’re bound to find the end of the rainbow. The Toy Story flicks are a big money maker, so a third one was a no-brainer — it was the #1 grossing film of the year. The plot isn’t so important, all you need to know is that Buzz and Woody and all of their toybox buddies go on another adventure. Stay tuned for Toy Story 12, when Andy’s kids have kids.
7. The Fighter - Boxing movies always pack a punch. See what I did there? The Fighter stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams — and though it didn’t hit theaters until the very end of the year, it was mega talked about. It’s nominated for six Academy Awards, so we’ll see how it does in the new year.
6. Tron: Legacy – Back and better than ever….it’s another remake. Well, technically it’s a sequel, but with the great special effects 2010 brought in that 1982 never could have, it might as well have been the first. Also released in December 2010, Disney’s Tron was able to make some major dough in just a few weeks.
5. Black Swan - Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis — is there any question why this one made the top 5? Black Swan revolves around a ballet company, and while that makes it sound pretty tame, it’s actually a psychological thriller and beyond. Like The Fighter, Black Swan was an end of the year release that will be talked about well into 2011.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 - Part 1! That mean’s there’s another! It also means that if you haven’t read the books (me), you’ll have very little grasp on what’s happening. But like all of the Potter films before it, Deathly Hallows does not disappoint — it’s dark, ominous and full of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. The final chapter to the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, hits theaters July 15, 2011.
3. Inception - Was 2010 a dream for you? Are we dreaming now? Am I awake? Are you alive? Inception was, undoubtedly, the mind-f—- movie of the year, that made everyone re-evaluate reality and the world around them.Â Science fiction movies got some cool points thanks to this big 2010 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
2. Get Him to the Greek - I don’t know about you, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall is my favorite movie of all time. So, you can imagine my excitement when Get Him to the Greek hit theaters and I got a second dose of Russell Brand as Aldous Snow — in a movie all about him! Jonah Hill held his own in this one, as he took on the mission to get his favorite rock star to the States in time for a big concert — or he would lose his job. Oh, and props to Puff Daddy, because he totally made the flick.
1. The Social Network - Undoubtedly the biggest movie of the year and movie that will best mark our time — the era of social networking. Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace — oh my! The Social Network changed everything we thought we knew about the creation of our favorite time-waster (second to Bumpshack), and made us all realize that — damn, Justin Timberlake is a hell of an actor!