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With its comical ultra-violence and sheer balls-out energy, Matthew Vaughn’s anti-superhero pic has already earned cult status. But we have Mark Millar and Jane Goldman to thank for one of the year’s smartest scripts, to which the talented cast commit with all their strength, and the result is a witty deconstruction of the usual comic book story. Nicolas Cage gives one of his two great 2010 performances, and Mark Strong’s as good as ever as our bad guy, but it’s Chloe Moretz whose star was launched into the stratosphere by this one, with a single bad word and a stunning display of bone-crunching badassery. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

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Shutter Island better than Kick Ass on the list, thats bullshit, why wasn't hot tub time machine on here! And Monsters 5 stars from empire fucking over-rated an ok monster romp which lacked solid acting,drama and excitement, the most exciting scene in the movie was the start, Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim,Social Network and Inception and Up in the air should be leading this list. Empire more times than neccessary writes an over-rated review (Poseidon,Monsters,Valhalla rising,and worst of all a 4 stars for spy kids.) Empire has it's flaws as does this list and movies in general, (SAW,SPY KIDS.) They made seven of saw and three of spy kids and their currently working on the fourth, Robert Rodriguez why do you punish us so! OK LIST, SORRY ABOUT THE RANT. More

Posted by lewisb548 on Monday May 9, 2011, 19:36

WHAT?! Valhalla Rising is the worst film I have seen in 2010! hated it! More

Posted by thisiscarlijn on Monday January 24, 2011, 16:09

3 RE: Decent List
Yeah - that got 4/5 stars from Empire, yet The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo got 5/5 and doesn't feature on the list at all! More

Posted by Filmbloke on Thursday January 13, 2011, 12:42

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Yes exactly where was Another Year & Ponyo cos THAT SHIT ALL OVER How To Train Your Dragon! i would've had Toy Story3 top followed by A Phrophet then Inception.  Also how did Shutter Island manage to get in to the number 8 spot? & why so many films that nobody's had a chance to see. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder on Thursday December 30, 2010, 16:03

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Another year?? More

Posted by fugaziuk on Monday December 27, 2010, 13:27

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Was weird as I had just done my Top Twenty this year too. Granted, Up In The Air and A Single Man would have made it if I hadnt counted them as last years movies, but aside from that, I only managed to agree with you on six out of the remaining eighteen. Perhaps it's my age as both Scott Pilgrim and Kick-Ass left me entertained, but pretty much unimpressed. A generation of movie fans that are more impressed with how shiny something is and how many friends it has seems to have swung the popular vote (of course, why wouldn't it) in that regard. Notably missing from your list but included in mine were Ondine, Mesrine, I Love You Phillip Morris and Dragon Tattoo (okay the second and third were not much to shout about, but still). Don't know if you were suggesting they were 2009 though. Anyway, an interesting list and I'm sure it will get tongues wagging. ;) More

Posted by bobsmith1698 on Sunday December 26, 2010, 21:39

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