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Critic Roger Ebert picks his 20 best films of 2011

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM Central
Last updated Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

I love holiday traditions. Posting film critic's annual "Best of" list is one of the things I enjoy most around this time of year. Not showcasing Ebert's picks would be like not decorating our Festivus Pole.

Equal parts obscure and mainstream, Ebert's list of the 20 best films for 2011 has a lot to offer. You'll find validation for some of your favorites as well as a few "I've never heard of that movie" moments.

And so it goes, Roger Ebert's Best Films of 2011.

  1. A Separation
  2. Shame
  3. The Tree of Life
  4. Hugo
  5. Take Shelter
  6. Kinyarwanda
  7. Drive
  8. Midnight in Paris
  9. Le Havre
  10. The Artist
  11. Melancholia
  12. Terri
  13. The Descendants
  14. Margaret
  15. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  17. Trust
  18. Life, Above All
  19. The Mill and the Cross
  20. Another Earth

Head over to Ebert's blog to see his recap of each pick. He also includes 30 more selections that serve as his honorable mentions. Ebert promises to post another list comprised solely of 2011's best documentary films.

Incidentally, Roger published his memoir this year. "Life Itself" shows what an excellent writer and thinker the man is. The book itself is appearing on my literary critics' Best of 2011 lists.