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Year 2010 Top Movie Picks

Adam — A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor.

Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.

The blind side — Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama.

Bright star — An extraordinary film based on the true story of undying love between renowned poet John Keats and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne.

Capitalism: a love story — Filmmaker Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy.

The damned United — When Brian Clough takes over as coach of the championship soccer team Leeds United, he finds himself struggling with players and owners to be able to do things his own way.

District 9 — Twenty years ago, aliens from another planet made contact with Earth. Now, the refugee camp they are forced to live in has deteriorated into a slum-like ghetto. When field operative Wikus van der Merwe is put in charge of evicting the aliens, he contracts a strange virus that changes his DNA to match that of the refugees. As his body begins to mutate, he becomes a hunted man, and the aliens' only hope for freedom.

Earth days — Acclaimed director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement.

An education — In the early 1960's, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic, older man can teach her.

The ghost writer — When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue.

How to train your dragon — Hiccup is a Viking teenager who aspires to hunt dragons, but doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers.

The hurt locker — Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand — the soldiers.

In the loop — The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire.

Inception — A man, highly skilled in entering people's dreams to extract secret information, is offered a chance to implant an idea in another man's head, a practice known as inception.

Iron Man 2 — Now that the world knows billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored super hero Iron Man, his life has suddenly become even more intense.

It's complicated — A hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between.

The men who stare at goats — A reporter uncovers a story about the United States Army's secret unit where soldiers are trained to fight with the use of their minds.

Moon — Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his identity, and the integrity of the company.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: the lightning thief — Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager, he's the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, the most powerful weapon ever created! With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on an incredible cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt, and prevent a war among the gods that could destroy our world!

Pirate radio — In the mid-1960s, rebellious DJs decide to live on a boat and broadcast rock music over the airwaves against the wishes of the British government

The princess and the frog — New Orleans. Arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana cross paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician. Tiana follows suit when she decides to kiss the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams

Remember me — In the summer of 2001, New York college student Tyler is still feeling lost from the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally, a girl who understands his pain.

The September issue: Anna Wintour & the making of Vogue — A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue magazine (U.S.) as editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue

A serious man — A Midwestern physics professor faces changes in his life when his wife prepares to leave him, his job is threatened, and different advice from three rabbis leaves him still trying to find answers to his problems

Sherlock Holmes — After his execution, Lord Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

A single man — After the death of his partner, a gay British college professor tries to go on with a typical day in Los Angeles

Temple Grandin — The story of Temple Grandin, an autistic young woman who became a great success story in the field of livestock science

Toy story 3 — As Andy prepares to leave for college, the toys are mistakenly delivered to Sunnyside Daycare and it is up to Woody to get everyone home

Up in the air — Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who flies all over the world on business. Just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles, and meeting the frequent traveler woman of his dreams, his company grounds him.

Winter's bone — Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails to find him, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.