By PAMELA ZOSLOV
Still, there was a smattering of outstanding fiction films this year, as well as cheerfully vulgar comedies (a guilty pleasure), like HORRIBLE BOSSES and THE SITTER. Interestingly, a number of the year's best fiction films (HUGO, THE ARTIST, 50/50 and MONEYBALL) were also based on true stories.
As a confessed doc addict, I particularly enjoyed these nonfiction films:
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
This was also the year Woody Allen came up with a certifiable hit, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, whose somewhat perfunctory domestic plot (aspiring novelist Owen Wilson is saddled with a petulant, demanding fiancèe immune to the allure of Paris) is elevated by literary time-travel story featuring meetings with Hemingway, Dali, Gertude Stein and other major artistic personages. The historical figures are portrayed with great verisimilitude, and the views of the City of Light are breathtaking. Also noteworthy: THE GUARD, the winning Irish black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson as a cheerily dissolute provincial policeman who teams up with Don Cheadle to solve a murder case.