The Best Films of 2010
10. The King's Speech: This standard historical drama benefits substantially from Colin Firth's striking performance and an absolutely gripping climax.
9. The American: There's just something oddly hypnotic about The American, with the film's deliberate pace proving an ideal fit to the low-key material.
8. Black Swan: From Darren Aronofsky comes this gripping psychological thriller that boasts Natalie Portman's best performance to date.
7. [REC] 2: A stellar sequel to a stellar original, [REC] 2 features a propulsive narrative that's been augmented with a number of jaw-dropping set pieces.
6. Buried: Ryan Reynolds anchors this often unbearably tense thriller that transpires almost entirely within the confines of a claustrophobic coffin.
5. Please Give: Nicole Holofcener finally lives up to her potential with this engrossing drama that's often as hilarious as it is emotionally draining.
4. Inception: Undoubtedly Christopher Nolan's best movie since Memento, Inception is a complicated, thoroughly engaging thriller that puts most summer blockbusters to shame.
3. The Social Network: After stumbling slightly with Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher bounces back with a vengeance with this absolutely riveting true-life drama.
2. Tangled: With Tangled, Disney has crafted what is most likely their finest animated endeavor to date - as the film manages to enthrall on a level previously achieved only by Pixar.
1. Toy Story 3: Filmmaker Lee Unkrich wraps up the Toy Story saga in as satisfying and engrossing a manner as one could possibly have hoped.
The Worst Films of 2010
10. Yogi Bear: Hanna-Barbera's famous creation fumbles in his transition to the big screen, with Dan Aykroyd's distracting voice performance the least of the film's problems.
9. Dinner for Schmucks: Saddled with an uncomfortably over-the-top feel, Dinner for Schmucks represents everything that's wrong with contemporary comedies.
8. Megamind: DreamWorks Animation offers up a seriously grating cartoon that seems to consist solely of larger-than-life action set pieces.
7. Get Him to the Greek: What starts out as a promisingly entertaining buddy comedy eventually devolves into a series of tedious party scenes and needless dramatic encounters.
6. Marmaduke: Despite the presence of talented folks like Judy Greer and William H. Macy, Marmaduke has been suffused with elements designed to appeal solely to kids - adults be damned.
5. The Other Guys: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay hit rock bottom with this utterly tedious comedy that's overflowing with disastrously unfunny bits of improvised dialogue.
4. Jackass 3D: The Jackass gang scrapes this bottom of the barrel with this unfunny, frequently unpleasant waste of time.
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street: A horrible horror remake from Platinum Dunes? You're kidding!
2. The Virginity Hit: This shockingly amateurish mess is devoid of positive attributes to an almost impressive effect and it seems unlikely that even those associated with the film could find anything to embrace here.
1. My Soul to Take: Wes Craven hits rock bottom with this utterly unwatchable and flat-out incompetent horror effort. I'm just thankful I didn't watch it in 3-D.