It's customary round these parts to put films in lists, simply because it's fun to do and interesting to read.I can't claim this list of our favourite movies of 2010 has even the slightest whiff of authority (I've not seen Somewhere, Carlos, Another Year, Easy A, I Am Love, The Secret In Their Eyes, Waiting For Superman or Gulliver's Travels among others) but I can say that these 20 films are the ones us humble folk at enjoyed the most this year.Scream at us in capitals in the comments if you disagree, but I hope you enjoy it all the same. This year, as I'm such a film industry high-flyer (smash cut to me eating a Pot Noodle alone, weeping) I thought I'd call on a few fellow film critics to chime in with their favourite movies of the year, too.
Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall With Gone Baby Gone and the career-resuscitating credentials it afforded in the can, Ben Affleck 2.0 continued his second cinematic wind with this heist/hostage thriller set in - where else? The artist rarely known as B-Fleck pulled off a neat double header by starring and directing, and doing a bloody good job at both.
The set-up is nothing new, containing familiar tropes such as the customary 'one last job' which inevitably turns into a 'heist gone wrong', but it's not the action sequences - as solid as they are - that are built to impress, rather the relationships between Affleck's ringleader, Rebecca Hall's hostage-turned-love interest and - crucially - Jeremy Renner's unhinged accomplice, who, in finest tradition, royally bollocks up the whole equation.
Ali Defining moment: Affleck, Hall and Renner share a polite meet and greet despite the fact that one glimpse of the latter's neck tattoo could land them all in a world of hurt.
Click here for the full review Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-Mc Phee, Richard Jenkins A movie with a fair amount of baggage hoiked over its shoulders, Let Me In is the best kind of remake: one which demonstrates that imitation is often the best kind of flattery.
Granted, Swedish sensation Let The Right One In didn't need a do-over, but if a US version for the subtitle-averse had to happen - which, inevitably, it did - then we should count ourselves lucky it was as respectful and considered as this.
The genius is in the casting: child prodigies Kodi Smit-Mc Phee and Chloe Moretz had already shown themselves capable of handling mature roles in adult films in The Road and Kick-Ass respectively, and professional sadsack Richard Jenkins almost makes you sympathise for the devil.
Reeves version doesn't so much make its own impression than mimic all that was great about the original, but it's beautifully shot, lit, acted and scored - and you can't ask for much more from a vampire movie in today's Cullen-centric climate.
Ali Defining moment: Richard Jenkins' character finds 80s getaway transportation more car-crashy than he'd like.
Click here for the full review Director: Niels Arden Oplev Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre There was no need to buy the Millennium trilogy books in 2010: you could just read them over the shoulders of every fucker on the Underground carrying a copy.
But where the ubiquitous of Dan Brown's Da Vinci cod was hard to swallow, Stieg Larsson's sizzling Swedish thrillers - kicking off with this standalone, Poirot-esque murder mystery - were distinctly more palatable.
More books need heroes who smoke and eat sandwiches.