Great Movies To Watch From 2011

Great Movies To Watch From 2011

Due to massive expansion and improvement of the types of channel packages and programming services available to you through different cable providers… can now expect to view new releases from your living room far more quickly than ever before. These days, a movie can be available On Demand or through Netflix just a month or so after being popular in theaters, which means that your viewing options are better than ever. Here are a few movies, for example, that you can expect to be able to watch from home shortly, if not already.

“Friends With Benefits”
is already available, and well worth checking out as one of the summer’s most surprising movies. While this romantic comedy was billed essentially as the second coming of the awful “No Strings Attached,” which featured Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, it wound up being much more – and much better. Of course, “Friends With Benefits” still has its chick-flick elements, and the story does revolve around two friends attempting a sexual relationship with no emotional tie-ins. However, with shockingly sharp humor and entertaining performances from leads Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, “Friends With Benefits” was actually more comedy than romance.

Throw in the fact that it’s pretty nice for men and women to look at Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, respectively, and this isn’t a tough movie to enjoy.

“Cowboys & Aliens” will be available for home viewing soon as well, and despite the fact that it disappointed large portions of its audience, it’s not a bad one to keep in mind. The funny thing in this movie’s case is that much of the criticism fell along the lines of “it’s too simple – it’s just cowboys fighting aliens.” Were we to expect anything else? Director Jon Favreau was extremely clear throughout the process of creating this movie that he would deliver exactly what he said he was delivering – Cowboys and Aliens.

So, while the movie won’t be up for any Oscars, if you can sit back and take it for what it is, it’s actually pretty entertaining, at least at times. Who can’t enjoy Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford out-manning each other?

“Super 8” is another one to keep an eye on, though it wasn’t as flawless as the reviews would have you believe. While the movie does have its strong points, including a certain E.T.-like vibe that was intentionally included by producer Steven Spielberg, it wasn’t nearly as original as it was given credit for. Ultimately, this movie falls somewhere in between E.T. and District 9, with no sense of originality whatsoever – intrigue is built up for an hour and a half, only to lead to an “alien just wants to go home” plot that we’ve all seen several times before.

This movie will excite a lot of people, but one has to wonder if it would be so well-regarded were it not for Spielberg’s name being plastered all over it.

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  1. Xavier Pasagrante
    December 20, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    When you see this movie again, all this will be gone and it has the potential for just being plain annoying.

  2. Mr Hoopla
    January 20, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    FWB was a hell of a lot better than No Strings Attached. Better title too, NSA sounds like a tampon slogan.

  3. colocation
    May 28, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Super 8 for me was a disappointment of the first order. Maybe I’m just too old to appreciate it.

  4. nidhalmohammed
    November 25, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    What do you want to say?

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