The Year in Review
2011's Best New Movies
By Hannah Goodwyn
CBN.com Senior Producer
CBN.com - "Let's go to the movies. Let's go see the stars!" The movie musical Annie gets it right. Going to the movies is a fun outing most Americans make room for in their busy schedules and budget (even at today's ticket prices).
Below is a list of CBN.com's highest-rated, original movie reviews from 2011.
1. The Help
Engaging from start to finish, The Help reveals the humor, sadness, joy, and courage of the women who dared to change their black and white society.
2. War Horse
War Horse is a powerful war epic made captivatingly personal. It’s simply about the journey of a boy and his horse during the tumultuous years of World War I Europe.
3. The Muppets
A touching storyline and memorable covers, as well as, original songs make The Muppets an enjoyable, hilarious at times, movie appropriate for all ages.
4. Seven Days in Utopia
Seven Days is beautifully photographed, taking full advantage of the real Utopia, Texas. But the true beauty of the film comes in answering the question -- "What am I living for?"
5. Cars 2
More action-packed than the original, Cars 2 is an international spy-car adventure, a step away from the first film's laidback look at a racecar’s revelations in a sleepy Route 66 town.
6. Winnie the Pooh
This return to the Hundred Acre Wood is a fun journey. These timeless characters offer enjoyment for audiences of all ages — an admirable feat for a “bear of little brain”.
7. Mars Needs Moms
Mars Needs Moms is a fun animated feature. More important than that, this new film is not superficial. It's a warning to appreciate your parents.
8. The Grace Card
Starring Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr., The Grace Card is played well. The developed characters are compelling and their redemption is inspiring.
9. Soul Surfer
If Bethany Hamilton’s story weren’t true, you’d never buy this movie. But her hard-to-believe story is true; and that's what makes Soul Surfer one of the year’s most inspirational films.
10. New Years Eve
With a clear message of love and commitment, New Year’s Eve is a reminder that there are second chances in life – and we need to seize them.
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