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    January 2, 2011

    FEATURE: TOP 30 BEST REVIEWED MOVIES (Part 2)

    Did you missed our first part? No worry, click here to read the first part of Green Tea Movie's 2010 Best Reviewed Movies. For a quick recap; the first part consisted of a few brilliant movies like Monga, Despicable Me, Robin Hood and The Lovely Bones. That's not just all, they seated among the Top 30 Best Reviewed Movies of the year at Green Tea Movie, garnering some decent and good reviews for themselves. Let us look at the second part where we now turn our attention for the Top 15. Continue the countdown.....

    *Note: In 2010, GREEN TEA MOVIE has watched about 100 movies. This list however, taking only consideration of Hollywood movies for the compilation of Top 30. The final Green-Tea-O-Meter is subjected to minor modification, thus it would be best if you refer the list here (for final tally). Nevertheless, other foreign language films will be up in the list of special awards in Part 2. Do note that GREEN TEA MOVIE 1) has yet to watch several award-contender movies like Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Fighter, etc; 2) reviews movie that was released from December 30, 2009 to December 29, 2010 in Malaysian cinema, otherwise noted with an asterisk (*)

    [SPECIAL JURY AWARDS]

    (1) THE MILLENIUM TRILOGY (Sweden)
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 17.40
    • The Girl Who Played with Fire Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.64
    • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.38

    (2) A PROPHET (France)
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 17.28

    (3) WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" (US Documentary)
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.75

    (4) THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Argentina)
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 17.32


    TOP 30 BEST REVIEWED MOVIES ON GREEN TEA MOVIES

    [15] SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.08 (No Review Posted)
    Distributor: Universal Pictures
    Director: Edgar Wright
    Plot: The film is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) a young Canadian musician, meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) an American, Amazon.ca carrier. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's "seven evil exes", who are coming to kill him.

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    [14] IRON MAN 2
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.15 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Paramount Pictures
    Director: Jon Favreau
    Plot: The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armoured superhero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armour because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. Inevitably, Stark is pitted against his Russian arch nemesis, Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Also making their Marvel debuts are Scarlett Johansson as the sexy Russian spy Black Widow, and Don Cheadle, who takes over the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard.

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    [13] UNSTOPPABLE
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.19 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: 20th Century Fox
    Director: Tony Scott
    Plot: Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and "Star Trek"'s Chris Pine teams with action maestro Tony Scott in this non-stop thriller. A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed "The Beast" and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporising anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine), aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it - and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area.

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    [12] THE A-TEAM
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.33 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: 20th Century Fox
    Director: Joe Carnahan
    Plot: American action adventure about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who work as soldiers of fortune while being on the run from the military for a "crime they didn't commit". A group of Iraq War trying to take opportunities to clear their name with the U.S military from being committing a crime for which they were framed.

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    [11] KICK-ASS
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.35 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: LionsGate
    Director: Matthew Vaughn
    Plot: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super hero even though he has no powers or training.

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    [10] THE TOWN
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.37 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Warner Bros.
    Director: Ben Affleck
    Plot: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage - bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug, not realising that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorised her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous, and potentially deadly, path.

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    [09] SHUTTER ISLAND
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.39 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Paramount Pictures
    Director: Martin Scorsese
    Plot: Set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is investigating the disappearance of a murderess whom escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote 'Shutter Island'.

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    [08] BURIED
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.50 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: LionsGate, Nusantara Edaran Filem
    Director: Rodrigo Cortes
    Plot: Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, the life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

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    [07] RAPUNZEL: A TANGLED TALE
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.67 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Walt Disney
    Director: Nathan Greno, Bryon Howard
    Plot: "Rapunzel" is an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. A princess stolen from her parents' castle as a baby, Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit. With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humor, and hair... lots of hair.

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    [06] LET ME IN
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.80 (No Review Posted)
    Distributor: Golden Screen Cinemas
    Director: Matt Reeves
    Plot: Twelve-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father. A frail, troubled child about Owens's age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Owen soon opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

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    [05] IP MAN 2
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 16.90 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Golden Screen Cinemas
    Director: Wilson Yip
    Plot: In this sequel, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) arrives in Hong Kong in 1949, only to discover that martial arts schools there operated like triads rather than more respectable institutions. His efforts to teach his Wing Chun discipline is fraught with poverty and meets resistance from Master Hung (Sammo Hung), a fellow kungfu master who runs a fish market and is being bullied by the British authorities. However, he takes solace in his bright student Leung (Chen Dao Ming) and his loving, patient wife (Lynn Hung @ Xiong Dai Lin). As conflicts brew and tempers flare, an English boxing champ (Darren Shahlavi) insults the Chinese and challenges the whole establishment to an East vs. West showdown, leaving Master Hung and Master Ip to find themselves possible allies.

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    [04] HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 18.68 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures
    Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
    Plot: The film is set in a mythical world of Vikings and dragons. The story centers around a viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor is disliked by his tribe and its chief, Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. After he entangles a dragon with a bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup releases and ends up befriending the dragon, who he dubs Toothless. This relationship flips his world upside down as he strives to convince his tribe that they don't need to be dragon-slayers but he ends up making the tribe angry and they lead an attack on the dragons home.

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    [03-Bronze] TOY STORY 3
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 18.96 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Walt Disney
    Director: Lee Unkrich
    Plot: The creators of the beloved "Toy Story" films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of our favorite gang of toy characters in "Toy Story 3". As Andy prepares to depart for college, Buzz, Woody and the rest of his loyal toys are troubled about their uncertain future. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo"), "Toy Story 3" is a comical new adventure that lands the toys in a room full untamed tots who can't wait to get their sticky little fingers on these "new" toys. It's pandemonium as they try to stay together, ensuring "no toy gets left behind." Meanwhile, Barbie comes face to plastic face with Ken (yes, that Ken).

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    [02-Silver] THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 19.26 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Sony Pictures
    Director: David Fincher
    Plot: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. From director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes The Social Network, a film that proves you don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Cean Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.

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    [01-Gold] INCEPTION
    Green-Tea-O-Meter Score: 19.28 (REVIEW)
    Distributor: Warner Bros.
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Plot: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move.

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    This is the END OF PART TWO - We look forward for another year of movie watching and reviewing. CHEERS!! 
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