Best Music Movies of 2011

1.

The Muppets

5.0

When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Steve Whitmire
Directed by: James Bobin
Release date: 2011-11-22
2.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

4.5

A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorises the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. The 25th anniversary of the first public performance of Phantom of the Opera was celebrated with a grand performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Starring: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser, Liz Robertson, Nick Holder
Directed by: Laurence Connor, Nick Morris
Release date: 2011-09-27
3.

Footloose

4.5
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Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Release date: 2011-10-06
4.

Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden

4.3

Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden is a 2011 concert special documenting the February 21 and 22, 2011 shows of Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour. It features concert footage as well as pre-concert and backstage content.

Starring: Lady Gaga
Directed by: Laurieann Gibson
Release date: 2011-05-07
5.

Pearl Jam: Twenty

4.3

Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.

Starring: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2011-09-20
6.

Queen: Days of Our Lives

4.2

In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band. Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on. But it was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through and this is how they did it, set against the backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with the band and unseen archive footage (including their recently unearthed, first ever TV performance), it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Roy Thomas Baker
Directed by: Matt O'Casey
Release date: 2011-05-29
7.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

4.2

FOO FIGHTERS BACK AND FORTH chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters: from the band's very first songs created as cassette demos Dave Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer, through its ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.

Starring: Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 2011-04-05
8.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

4.2

Director Martin Scorsese profiles former Beatle George Harrison in this reverent portrait that mixes interviews and archival footage, featuring commentary from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

Starring: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2011-09-02
9.

Glee: The Concert Movie

4.0

A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them.

Starring: Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer
Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen
Release date: 2011-08-11
10.

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

3.9

If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a bold measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, a clash of marching bands, a riff of rock, the pizzazz of the Klopse, some driving primal beat, and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema Goema Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional, and the classical into the contemporary universal sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts together the final touches to the culmination of his life’s work: Goema in Five Movements. Musicians and musical commentators Hilton Schilder, Neo Muyanga, Iain Harris and Graham Arendse, and new kids on the block, Kyle Shepherd and Shane Cooper, add a contemporary context to Goema, while the orchestra rehearses for its premiere performance at the SABC studios.

Directed by: Angela Ramirez
Release date: 2011-06-11
11.

Fight for Your Right Revisited

3.9

Fight For Your Right Revisited, stars actors like Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and Elijah Wood playing the roles of the B-Boys three members, Mike D, Ad Rock and MCA. It is a reprisal of the video the trio made for their 1987 single Fight For Your Right, and features music from the band's new album, Hot Sauce Committe Part Two. Fight For Your Right Revisited is directed by Adam Yauch, aka MCA.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Rashida Jones
Directed by: Adam Yauch
Release date: 2011-04-22
12.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

3.8

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, Andy Buckley, Justin Long
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Release date: 2011-12-14
13.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

3.8

Ozzy Osbourne's four decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in secrecy, until now. Featuring never before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is the first documentary to take viewers inside the complex mind of rock's great icon. Emerging from a working class family in war torn England, Osbourne and his neighborhood friends formed Black Sabbath and invented heavy metal. Plagued by self doubt, Osbourne the solo superstar went on a binge that lasted 40 years. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne will relive the highs of his triumphs as well as his journey to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment.

Starring: Geezer Butler, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo
Directed by: Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli
Release date: 2011-04-24
14.

Nirvana: Live At The Paramount

3.6

Recorded in Seatle, WA on Halloween Night, 1991, Live at the Paramount is the only known Nirvana live show recorded on 16mm film. Now released to conside with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's watershed album, 'Nevermind', famed documentarian and music video director Lance Bangs has been personally involved in the restoration of the film and the result is, according to Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, "a pretty good representation of [the] band" in their heyday. Released September 27, 2011, the DVD and Blu-Ray contains the complete concert along with newly remastered stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks. Setlist : Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam * Aneurysm * Drain You * School * Floyd the Barber * Smells Like Teen Spirit * About A Girl * Polly * Breed * Silver * Love Buzz * Lithium * Been A Son * Negative Creep * On A Plain * Blew * Rape Me * Territorial Pissings * Endless, Nameless

Starring: Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana
Directed by: Mark Racco
Release date: 2011-09-26
15.

Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live

3.6

Recorded during her Speak Now World Tour in 2011, this live recording collects 18 performances from the country-pop starlet, including all songs from her 2010 studio outing Speak Now. It also features home movies and rehearsal footage for the show, which was an elaborate affair that utilized dancers, aerialists, numerous costume changes, and a mammoth, multi-stage setup that more closely resembled a high-profile Broadway musical than it did a country music concert.

Starring: Taylor Swift, Jody Harris, Amos Heller, Grant Mickelson, Daniel Sadownick
Directed by: Ryan Polito
Release date: 2011-11-21
16.

Beyoncé: Live at Glastonbury 2011

3.6
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Sunday night's Pyramid Stage has never quite seen a headliner like Beyoncé. The former Destiny's Child singer watched from side of stage as husband Jay-Z blew Noel Gallagher and half of Pilton away with an extraordinary set three years ago, and returned in 2011 to take on Glasto for herself. The Texan's stunning entrance confirmed that Knowles knows how to put on a show, and one of the biggest crowds the Pyramid stage has ever seen were delighted to be greeted by Sasha at her fiercest. This set, peppered with Prince and Kings Of Leon covers alongside the biggest hits of Beyoncé's career will be remembered long after the grass has re-sprouted on the fields of Worthy farm.
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles
Release date: 2011-06-26
17.

You Instead

3.6
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Two feuding rock stars get handcuffed together for 24 hours at a music festival where they are both due to perform.
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Mathew Baynton, Ruta Gedmintas, Sophie Wu
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Release date: 2011-09-16
18.

Honey 2

3.6

Sequel to the 2003 dance movie Honey. Recently released from juvenile detention, talented dancer Maria Ramirez finds an outlet for her passion with a new dance crew.

Starring: Kat Graham, Randy Wayne, Seychelle Gabriel, Audrina Patridge, Melissa Molinaro
Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Release date: 2011-06-23
19.

Into the Woods

3.6
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Into the Woods takes the stories of the Brothers Grimm and gives them a dark and humorous twist. The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife and their quest to have a child. However this re-telling goes beyond "happily ever after" as the familiar characters find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and hopes and dreams are questioned and revisited.
Starring: Marc Antolin, Jenna Russell, Valda Aviks, Billy Boyle, Judi Dench
Release date: 2011-03-31
20.

Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite Les Folies Live in London

3.5
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For three decades, Kylie Minogue has been one of the world’s most successful music stars. Now, the queen of pop’s most extravagant stage show to date comes to Sky 1 HD and Sky 3D in Kylie Live In 2011: Aphrodite Les Folies on Sunday 19 June. Recorded at London’s O2 Arena in April 2011, Aphrodite Les Folies is a spectacle to behold. Featuring performance of tracks from the star’s latest album, Aphrodite, including Get Outta My Way, Closer and Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), as well as classic anthems such as Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, On a Night Like This and Better The Devil You Know, this live concert sees Minogue at her best.
Starring: Kylie Minogue, Roxy Rizzo, Lucita Jules, Jason Beitel, Jamie Karitzis
Directed by: William Baker
Release date: 2011-06-19

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