Best Mystery Movies of 2011

1.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

6.3
7.8/10

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2011-12-14
2.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

6.1
7.5/10

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Kelly Reilly
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2011-11-22
3.

Source Code

6.0
7.5/10

Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final 8 minutes of another person's life. Colter re-lives the train incident over and over again, gathering more clues each time.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Russell Peters, Michael Arden
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Release date: 2011-03-30
4.

The Adventures of Tintin

6.0
7.3/10

Intrepid young reporter, Tintin, and his loyal dog, Snowy, are thrust into a world of high adventure when they discover a ship carrying an explosive secret. As Tintin is drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine suspects him of stealing a priceless treasure. Tintin and Snowy, with the help of salty, cantankerous Captain Haddock and bumbling detectives, Thompson and Thomson, travel half the world, one step ahead of their enemies, as Tintin endeavors to find the Unicorn, a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune, but also an ancient curse.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2011-10-25
5.

Limitless

5.9
7.4/10

A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel
Directed by: Neil Burger
Release date: 2011-03-08
6.

Super 8

5.8
7.0/10

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb, the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.

Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Kyle Chandler, Ryan Lee
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release date: 2011-06-08
7.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

5.7
7.1/10

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.

Starring: John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Release date: 2011-09-16
8.

Unknown

5.5
6.9/10

An American biologist attending a conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a former Stazi agent, he sets out to prove who he is and find out why people are trying to kill him.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release date: 2011-02-16
9.

You're Next

5.4
6.5/10

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Release date: 2011-09-10
10.

Batman: Year One

5.2
7.4/10

Two men come to Gotham City: Bruce Wayne after years abroad feeding his lifelong obsession for justice and Jim Gordon after being too honest a cop with the wrong people elsewhere. After learning painful lessons about the city's corruption on its streets and police department respectively, this pair learn how to fight back their own way. With that, Gotham's evildoers from top to bottom are terrorized by the mysterious Batman and the equally heroic Gordon is assigned to catch him by comrades who both hate and fear him themselves. In the ensuing manhunt, both find much in common as the seeds of an unexpected friendship are laid with additional friends and rivals helping to start the legend.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco
Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2011-09-27
11.

The Thing

5.1
6.2/10

When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Release date: 2011-10-12
12.

Scream 4

5.1
6.1/10

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 2011-04-11
13.

Final Destination 5

4.9
5.8/10

In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

Starring: Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
Directed by: Steven Quale
Release date: 2011-08-12
14.

Page Eight

4.8
6.9/10

Johnny is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss dies suddenly, leaving behind an inexplicable file which threatens the stability of the organisation.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Felicity Jones
Directed by: David Hare
Release date: 2011-08-28
15.

Sound of My Voice

4.7
6.6/10

A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.

Starring: Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Davenia McFadden, Kandice Stroh
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Release date: 2011-01-22
16.

Flypaper

4.7
6.4/10

A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at a bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he's secretly in love.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Ryan
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2011-08-19
17.

Dynamo: Magician Impossible

4.6
7.9/10
Dynamo: Magician Impossible
Magician to the stars, Dynamo, travels the globe astounding everyone he meets. Dynamo has worked with the likes of Will Smith, Lindsay Lohan, Jay-Z and Russell Brand, been seen on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Comic Relief 2011, and now he comes to Watch with this completely exclusive new series featuring glamorous locations, mind-blowing stunts and A-list celebrities. This is the story of an ordinary boy from Bradford living an extraordinary life. Like his dear grandfather before him, Dynamo grew up practicing precision card-handling and developing powerful magical skills. In Dynamo: Magician Impossible, his very first television series, the 28-year-old travels the globe as the unassuming anti-hero who just happens to astound everyone he meets, whether international footballer or Hollywood actor.
Release date: 2011-11-14
18.

Dream House

4.5
6.0/10

Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered there, and the surviving husband is the town's prime suspect. With help from a neighbor who was close to the murdered family, Will pieces together a horrifying chain of events.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 2011-09-30
19.

Abduction

4.5
5.1/10

A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 2011-09-22
20.

Texas Killing Fields

4.2
5.7/10

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Stephen Graham
Directed by: Ami Canaan Mann
Release date: 2011-10-14

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