Some of these movies are new and others came out early in the year, you may be able to catch the older ones on cable or rent. These films are in no particular rating order. I think they all offer something unique. I'm not a spoiler.
1. The Artist is a silent film with a few printed words here and there but you can follow the film just from the actor's actions and reaction. It begins with a black and white introduction and from there transports you back in time before the talkies. After I saw this, I felt who needs words, especially some of the more off color words used in films today.
2. My Week With Marilyn is a film about Marilyn Monroe. Michelle Williams does a superb job playing Monroe allowing a glimpse into her life. I don't like to jinx anyone but this has to be an Academy Award nomination for best actress. She was just awesome.
3. Midnight in Paris takes you to the sites and sounds of Paris through the lives of its great artists. Who wouldn't want to go and experience that?
4. The Descendants is about decisions people make and how they affect the lives of others closely related and some not so close. I thought it was interesting to watch how each character was affected by certain events and their response.
5. War Horse is based on a Broadway play. I would love to see how they pull that off. Spielberg without a doubt can show the horrors of war like no other director in my lifetime so far but he also always allows you to see the human emotions of both sides. For me the most pivotal moment in the film involved wire cutters. I thought it was a very powerful scene.
6. The Ides of March is about politics and the lies people tell and the secrets they keep to get ahead. Ryan Gosling has an award winning performance. He got my attention.
7. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was a complicated film and I tried to follow it and become confused. I still Soldier or Spy is. One this one I think I need to read the book.
8. The Conspirator is a true story of Mary Surrat hanged with conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It is directed by Robert Redford.
9. Jane Eyre is a film based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte. I have always been a fan of these classic period pieces.
10. Oranges and Sunshine is a unbelievable "how could that have actually happened in our lifetime" and I think the next week after I saw this film, the Penn State scandal broke. This film is shocking and an embarrassment to two countries who have just recently released apologies for this cover up and they are not third world countries.