The best of the rest of 2011: ‘J. Edgar’ gets top mark

It’s been a busy fall semester for me, so I haven’t been able to make it to many movies at the theater. To make up for it, I wanted to put together a Top-5 list of movies coming up in the next few months. Here is my best of the rest, the Top-5 Movies Still to Come Out in 2011.

#5—“ Dangerous Method”

“A Dangerous Method” stars Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. It’s the strange story of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the birth of psychoanalysis. It looks like an edgy, powerful film. I’ve always thought Freud was kind of a weird guy, and I was hesitant about including this in the Top-5. It has a good cast and an interesting story, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Expected release date: Nov. 23.

#4—”Carnage”

“Carnage” stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. It tells the story of two sets of parents who get together for a meeting to discuss a brawl between their two sons. It looks like the entire movie will be set in one scene, a home of one of the families, which always makes for an interesting movie. These types of movies are either hit or miss for me, but “Carnage” looks to me like it’ll be a hit. Expected release date: Dec. 16.

#3—”Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”

“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. Ethan Hunt and his team are back in action, this time to clear their names after they’re blamed for a bombing. Seriously, who isn’t a fan of the “Mission Impossible” movies? Even the second is enjoyable during some points. The third installment revived the franchise, and the fourth one looks to be the best yet. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I strongly recommend taking a visit to haydensmovies.com! Expected release date: Dec. 21.

#2—”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

“Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and many others. It’s a Cold War story about an agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help find a Soviet mole in the agency. It was hard for me not to put this as my #1, but I know that this will be a great movie. It has an outstanding cast and a gripping story. I hope this ends up being a box office success and rakes in some trophies come award season! Expected release date: Dec. 9.

#1—”J. Edgar”

“J. Edgar” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. It appears to be the entire life story of J. Edgar Hoover. It is directed by Clint Eastwood, so I know it’ll be solid. And it seems like anything that DiCaprio touches ends up being pure cinematic brilliance. I don’t think it’ll have any over the top action, but it should be an outstanding film with incredible depth. Is it too early to say Oscar-worthy? Expected release date: Nov. 9.

Honorable Mention: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Anonymous,” “The Descendants,” “Immortals,” “The Sitter,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “We Bought a Zoo, and In Time.”

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