Only two movies made it onto all the Weekly film critics' "best" lists for 2011, and they've got one thing in common: a focus on good old-fashioned storytelling.
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" told its trench-coated tale without whiz-bang action or Bond braggadocio. Rather, said critic Tyler Hanley, it was an "intelligent and deliberate whodunit fueled by espionage, intrigue and thespian excellence."
And "The Artist" was no CGI blockbuster. In fact, it barely even had sound. Director Michel Hazanavicius paid tribute to 1920s silent films by making his own. That's a risky choice in 2011, but "The Artist" was a hit with Hanley and his Weekly cohorts Peter Canavese and Susan Tavernetti, who praised it as nostalgic, lively and charming -- with, of course, a captivating narrative.
Here are the trio's choices for the top 10 and worst five films of 2011. Hanley also chimes in with his annual picks for the best cinematic heroes and villains of the year.