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Christopher Nolan's dream-world heist movie “Inception” tops list

“The Social Network,” “The Fighter” also among year's best films.
by Matthew Price Modified: January 7, 2011 at 12:54 am •  Published: January 7, 2011

The year 2010 got a rap as being a weak year for films. But with new movies by directors including Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, David O. Russell and Darren Aronofsky, there was certainly a cluster of quality at the top. The following is my list of the top 10 movies of 2010.

1. “Inception”: Taking a break from the “Batman” universe, director Nolan, with star Leonardo DiCaprio, takes a thrilling look into the nature of dreams and reality, couched in the format of a heist movie.

2. “The Social Network”: Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin take the real-life tale of the creation of Facebook and make it into near-Shakespearean drama. It features strong performances throughout, especially from Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as his friend and co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Justin Timberlake proves his acting chops with a turn as Napster founder Sean Parker, who became a Facebook executive.

3. “The Fighter”: Christian Bale is fantastic as former boxer Dicky Eklund, who fights his personal demons while attempting to train his brother, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). The brothers' relationship with their family and their hometown of Lowell, Mass., and Ward's attempts to escape his brother's shadow make “The Fighter” a compelling story.

4. “Toy Story 3”: What happens to our toys when we grow up? Part meditation on mortality, part “Great Escape,” Pixar completes the “Toy Story” trilogy with aplomb.

5. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”: On first viewing I liked this movie; after several more viewings I now love it. Edgar Wright directs this hyperactive romance starring Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim. The film takes a turn for the surreal as Scott falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a delivery girl using the subspace pathways in Scott's head as a shortcut. To date Ramona, Scott discovers he must defeat Ramona's seven evil exes.

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