Best Music Movies of 2010

1.

Country Strong

4.6
6.3/10

Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, Marshall Chapman
Directed by: Shana Feste
Release date: 2010-12-22
2.

Starstruck

4.6
6.2/10

Jessica Olsen goes to Los Angeles with nothing more in mind that visiting her grandparents while her sister tries to meet Christopher Wilde. One night she meets Christopher Wilde. They go an an adventure around Los Angeles and start to like each other. When Jessica returns home, Christopher, on national TV, says he doesn't know her, and never met her.

Starring: Sterling Knight, Danielle Campbell, Maggie Castle, Chelsea Kane, Matt Winston
Directed by: Michael Grossman
Release date: 2010-02-14
3.

StreetDance 3D

4.5
6.0/10
StreetDance 3D
In order to win the Street Dance Championships, a dance crew is forced to work with ballet dancers from the Royal Dance School in exchange for rehearsal space.
Starring: Nichola Burley, Richard Winsor, Ukweli Roach, Frank Harper, George Sampson
Directed by: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Release date: 2010-05-19
4.

Les Misérables in Concert - The 25th Anniversary

4.4
8.8/10
Les Misérables in Concert - The 25th Anniversary
This concert, recorded to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark musical Les Miserables, gathers the casts of the show's 2010 original production at the Queen's Theatre, the 1985 original production by the London company, and the 2010 production at the Barbican together for one performance. Together with talents like Michael Ball, Hadley Fraser, and John Owen-Jones, the performers present the play's musical numbers in a semi-theatrical style, fully costumed and with all the emotion of the musical's heyday.
Starring: Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Jenny Galloway, Lea Salonga
Directed by: Nick Morris
Release date: 2010-10-03
5.

I'm Still Here

4.4
6.2/10

I'm Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the film follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip-hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Bruce Willis, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Ben Stiller
Directed by: Casey Affleck
Release date: 2010-09-10
6.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

4.2
7.7/10

The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

Starring: Harry Nilsson, Richard Perry, Doug Hoefer, Jimmy Webb, Micky Dolenz
Directed by: John Scheinfeld
Release date: 2010-10-26
7.

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

4.1
5.3/10

Mitchie can't wait to go back to Camp Rock and spend the summer making new music with her friends and superstar Shane Gray. But the slick new camp across the lake, Camp Star, has drummed up some serious competition — featuring newcomers Luke (Matthew "Mdot" Finley) and Dana (Chloe Bridges). In a sensational battle of the bands, with Camp Rock's future at stake, will Camp Star's flashy production and over-the-top antics win out, or will Camp Rockers prove that music, teamwork, and spirit are what truly matter?

Starring: Demi Lovato, Alyson Stoner, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas
Directed by: Paul Hoen
Release date: 2010-09-17
8.

Runaway

4.0
7.8/10
Runaway
Kanye West's music film for the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
Starring: Kanye West, Selita Ebanks, Radka Pavlovčinová
Directed by: Kanye West
Release date: 2010-10-23
9.

Lemmy

4.0
7.8/10

Over four decades, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has registered an immeasurable impact on music history. Nearly 65, he remains the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and this feature-length documentary tells his story, one of a hard-living rock icon who continues to enjoy the life of a man half his age.

Starring: Dave Brock, Phil Campbell, Fast Eddie Clarke, Jarvis Cocker, Alice Cooper
Directed by: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Release date: 2010-03-15
10.

When You're Strange

4.0
7.7/10

The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists —drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Kreiger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison— made The Doors one of America's most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison's death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA's film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Jim Ladd, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
Directed by: Tom DiCillo
Release date: 2010-04-09
11.

Elektra - Salzburger Festspiele

4.0
8.6/10
Elektra - Salzburger Festspiele
The Nikolaus Lehnhoff production of Richard Strauss's "Elektra", recorded live at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2010. Iréne Theorin stars as Elektra, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chrysothemis, Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra, Robert Gambill as Aegisth, and René Pape as Orest. Daniele Gatti conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker.
Starring: Iréne Theorin, Waltraud Meier, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Robert Gambill, René Pape
Directed by: Thomas Grimm
Release date: 2010-08-01
12.

Listen to Your Heart

3.8
7.1/10
Listen to Your Heart
Danny Foster doesn't have much: an apartment as small as his paychecks, no family, and a struggling music career. Yet for him, "every day is a great day to be alive," an attitude he gained from his mother's unwavering optimism during her losing battle with cancer. It's love at first sight when Danny meets Ariana, a wealthy girl from Greenwich, CT who tragically cannot hear the music she inspires him to write. Ariana, hearing impaired since childhood, is torn between hanging onto the shelter her controlling mother provides and fighting for a love that, if given the chance, might just change her life
Starring: Alexia Rasmussen, Cybill Shepherd, Shirley Knight, Ernie Sabella, Matthew Albrecht
Release date: 2010-08-14
13.

Chico & Rita

3.7
7.2/10

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Starring: Mario Guerra, Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Jon Adams, Renny Arozarena
Directed by: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba
Release date: 2010-11-19
14.

Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

3.6
8.5/10
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
Join us for a rousing celebration of the life and works of one of Broadway's greatest legends - the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist's 80th birthday, many of musical theater's brightest stars gathered in March of 2010 to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim's illustrious career, and several of these enduring songs are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Stephen Sondheim's longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jenn Colella
Directed by: Lonny Price
Release date: 2010-11-26
15.

Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize

3.6
8.6/10
Porcupine Tree: Anesthetize
Last year Porcupine Tree released their latest album The Incident. The album marked another step forward in the incredible journey of the band from a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a Grammy nominated act and one of the world's most revered live bands, currently selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances. "Anesthetize" is a DVD which captures the power of the band's live show. Recorded on multi-cameras over two nights at 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland in October 2008, the concerts featured tracks from throughout the band's career. "Anesthetize" collects the highlights from the two shows. It is only the band's second ever DVD release.
Starring: Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Gavin Harrison, John Wesley
Release date: 2010-05-20
16.

Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)

3.6
7.2/10
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is arrested by the Romans and sentenced to be crucified. It ranges in reference from Handel, through a naughty Mozart duet, to the Festival of Nine Carols, Bob Dylan, and the classic finale "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
Starring: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland
Directed by: Aubrey Powell
Release date: 2010-03-25
17.

Janie Jones

3.4
6.7/10
Janie Jones
A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue, Brittany Snow, Peter Stormare
Directed by: David M. Rosenthal
Release date: 2010-09-17
18.

Beyoncé: I Am... World Tour

3.4
8.0/10
Beyoncé: I Am... World Tour
108 shows, 78 cities, 32 countries, 6 continents, 1.1 million fans. Beyoncé’s I Am... World Tour captures concert footage from numerous shows edited into one extraordinary concert. Weaved into this concert are highlights that give a rare glimpse into the dynamic and personal world of this multi-faceted icon. As a bonus is a behind-the-scenes documentary entitled Mic and a Light. I Am... World Tour Blu-ray captures not only an unforgettable performance from the superstar singer and entertainer, but showcases her astonishing talent as a filmmaker, director and producer.
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles, Madonna Grimes, Jay-Z, Kanye West
Directed by: Ed Burke
Release date: 2010-11-30
19.

U2: 360 Degrees at the Rose Bowl

3.3
8.3/10

U2's RECORD BREAKING ROSE BOWL CONCERT Filmed on 25th October 2009 U2 360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year's U2 360° tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album No Line on The Horizon. The Rose Bowl performance was the band's biggest show of 2009 and U2's biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000. The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2 360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week.

Starring: The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono, U2
Directed by: Tom Krueger
Release date: 2010-06-04
20.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

3.1
6.1/10

After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

Starring: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, Frank Garvin, Anna Chazelle
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Release date: 2010-03-28

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